This past week, I’ve been making garland strands of circles to hang from a branch. My Winter Wonderland Garland was inspired by the autumn window display I saw last month at Red Sail, one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in Portland.
Red Sail, on Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon, is always one of my go-to places to visit. In addition to having the most marvelous merchandise (modern and unique that fits my style), they have great window displays. I was inspired by their autumn colored circle garlands to create one of my own in cool winter colors.
I found the perfect muted purple and blue metallic papers at the University of Oregon Bookstore in Eugene, Oregon. I cut 1.75″ circles from these papers and painted a “swish” across each circle in silver.
I found some metallic thread in my stash and pasted my circles to it. No measuring, I just put them wherever I felt they should go. I pasted a blue to purple with the thread going between. I folded the paper just a bit to give it a little dimension.
A winter storm caused some branches to break off of one of my trees, so I dried them out in my garage for a couple of days, then pruned them a little bit and hung my garlands from one of the branches.
My garland will be hanging in front of one of my windows, but taking photos in front of a window doesn’t work well, so I’ve photographed the branch in a couple of locations to give you an idea of how it turned out. It looks much better in person than in the photos.