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Studio Snapshot – Winter Wonderland Garland

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.

This photo of my Winter Wonderland Garland was taken outside my house.

This photo of my Winter Wonderland Garland was taken outside my house.

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.

My Winter Wonderland Garland was inspired by this window display at Red Sail in Portland.

My Winter Wonderland Garland was inspired by this window display at Red Sail in Portland.

Close up of the window display at Red Sail in Portland that was the inspiration of my Winter Wonderland Garland.

Close up of the window display at Red Sail in Portland that was the inspiration of my Winter Wonderland Garland.

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.

These are the materials I used to make my Winter Wonderland Garland.

These are the materials I used to make my Winter Wonderland Garland.

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.

Our latest winter storm broke off the branch I used to hang my garland strands from.

Our latest winter storm broke off the branch I used to hang my garland strands from.

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.

Winter Wonderland Garland

Winter Wonderland Garland

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.

I love the interplay of the shadows and the circles on my Winter Wonderland Garland.

I love the interplay of the shadows and the circles on my Winter Wonderland Garland.

Winter Wonderland Garland

Winter Wonderland Garland

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Red, White and Blue Star Garland

I’m still playing with red, white and blue paper along with the 4th of July theme. I’ve made a Red, White & Blue Wreath as well as Red, White & Blue Paper Balls and now it’s a Red, White & Blue Star Garland.

Two red, white and blue star garlands draped over one of my chairs.

Two red, white and blue star garlands draped over one of my chairs.

I’ve been out of town for most of the past two weeks. But when I got back, I noticed the red, white and blue papers from my folded paper balls project and decided I needed to do something with stars. I cut the stars out of the colored papers and hand sewed them, similar to what I did when I made my Folded Paper Heart Garland.

I started my garland with stars  that I folded in half and sewed two stars together with blue embroidery thread. Then I opened the stars (like a little book) to create a dimensional effect.

I started my garland with stars that I folded in half and sewed two stars together with blue embroidery thread. Then I opened the stars (like a little book) to create a dimensional effect.

This was a quick, fun project. I made 2 star garlands and am now working on my third. I got my beads that I put at the bottom of my garlands from my favorite bead store, Dancing Beads in Medford, OR. Carol Garfield, the owner, has the most fabulous bead selection. Dancing Beads has classes too (for those of you who live in Southern Oregon).

Red, white and blue star garland.

Red, white and blue star garland.

Red, white and blue star garland.

Red, white and blue star garland.

Red, white and blue star garland and some of my paper balls I gave instructions for on my last blog post.

Red, white and blue star garland and some of my paper balls I gave instructions for on my last blog post.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Spring Heart Garland

I made a wonderful green heart garland for St. Patrick’s Day. I kept it draped over my dining room chandelier, for over a month now because I thought the green reminded me emerging green leaves of spring. Now, however, the flowers have started blooming and I decided I want bolder flower colors decorating my home. So, this week I made myself a new Spring Heart Garland.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

This is the beginning of my Spring Heart Garland. I start at the bottom and work up.

This is the beginning of my Spring Heart Garland. I start at the bottom.

For my Spring Heart Garland, I fold 2 hearts in half sew them together.

For my Spring Heart Garland, I fold 2 hearts in half sew them together as you can see above.

My Spring Heart Garland, now about 9 feet in length, is finished

My Spring Heart Garland, now about 9 feet in length, is finished

I find the colors uplifting.

Instructions for making a Heart Garland are on my blog post: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Paper Garland.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland

I just received an order of paper, paper that claims it won’t fade. I ordered every color available. And when I saw these two greens, I knew they would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day paper garland.

While you probably don't think of hearts as being green, I love these colors for my St. Patrick's Day paper heart garland.

While you probably don’t think of hearts as being green, think these colors work well for my St. Patrick’s Day paper heart garland.

I love this elongated heart shape, so I decided, why not make my garland out of green hearts. I think the green hearts worked perfectly. I chose a dark green embroidery thread and put on a few green beads to give my garland a little weight at the bottom (see photo above).

Two hearts are folded together and strung with embroidery thread.

Two hearts are folded together and sewn together with embroidery thread.

I punched my hearts out of the two green papers. I think a combination of green and white papers would work nicely too. Then I folded the hearts and placed two of each color together. Next I punched 3 holes with a needle and sewed the two hearts together. To make the hearts less likely to slip on the thread, I used bees wax on the thread. Waxed linen thread would work well too.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts until you reach the length you want or run out of thread. Then tie a loop on the top so you can hang your garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Please note that in keeping with trying to keep my paper collection (or stash) under control, I dutifully gave away an equal amount of paper. The paper I gave away was paper that fades rather quickly. I am so excited to have found colored paper that claims it won’t fade.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Folded Paper Heart Garland

After making a whole bunch of heart ornaments for the front window of the Ashland Art Center (see my last post, Paper Valentine Heart Ornaments), I decided to make some folded heart garlands.

Folded Paper Heart Garland

Folded Paper Heart Garland

I started with three colors of paper, a red, a dark pink, and a purple. I also used a variety of beads. Most were #6 seed beads, but I used a few other sizes of beads to go with them. I liked the contrast of the different sizes and shapes of beads.

I used red, dark pink and purple papers along with some beads to make this paper folded heart garland.

I used red, dark pink and purple papers along with some beads to make this paper folded heart garland.

I used a text weight paper. I started with an 8.5″ by 11″ paper that I cut into quarters.

Steps to make the folded heart for the garland.

Beginning steps to make a folded heart for the garland.

1. Cut an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of text weight paper into quarters.

2. Fold the paper in half horizontally and again vertically. Cut a rounded corner shape like in the photo #2 above. Hint: Make a paper template of your desired shape once you have a shape that you like.

3. Unfold as you can see in photo #3 above.

4. Fold into a fan shape as in photo #4 above.

Next 2 steps in making folded paper heart garland.

Next 2 steps in making folded paper heart garland.

5. Poke a needle through the center of the “fan” as shown in #5 above.

6. Cut a piece of string, embroidery floss or thread the length you want  your garland. Put a knot at the bottom and string a few beads on the garland. Then thread the needle through the center of the “fan” hole made in #5. See #6 above.

Hint: Start from the bottom of the garland and go up. The first garland I made I started at the top and went down. The second garland I made was much easier to make because I started at the bottom and went up.

Gluing the first heart on the garland.

Glue the first heart on the garland.

7. Put glue stick on both sides of the inside of the “fan” to make the first heart. Also at this time glue the thread down too, pulling just a bit to make sure the beads are tight against the back side of the paper.

First heart on the garland. Now continue up the garland.

First heart on the garland. Now continue up the garland.

8. Close the two sides of the paper against the thread. Hold for a little bit to be sure the paper is secure. Now you have your first heart on your garland finished.

Keep adding more folded paper "fans" and more beads to your garland.

Keep adding more folded paper “fans” and more beads to your garland.

Add more beads and hearts until you get your garland the length you want. Then tie a knot to secure the top bead and tie a loop at the end so you can hang the garland.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

I got the inspiration and basic instructions (which I have modified a bit) from Kate’s post on Red Ted Art.

This is a fun project that will add a little pazzaz to your Valentine’s Day decor.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY & Easy Heart Wreathes & Garlands

Heart wreath made from 1" by 8 1/2" strips of paper.

Heart wreath made from 1-inch by 8 1/2-inch strips of paper.

Today I thought I would share some very easy heart decorations that anyone, including children, can make. Quick and simple, but brimming with potential, these wreaths and garlands can make decorating for Valentine’s Day a snap. I like them because parents and children can turn this into a fun family project to do together.

Three hearts made from double sided paper. Each heart was from a piece of paper 1" by 8 1/2"

Three hearts made from double sided card stock. Each heart was from a piece of paper 1-inch by 8 1/2-inches.

To make the basic heart shape, I started with strips of paper 1-inch by 8 1/2-inches and folded them in half, lengthwise.

Then, still folded, I applied a bit of glue stick to the very tops of the strips (on the outside), glueing about the top 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch.

Bending the freshly glued tops of the strips down and in toward the center fold, the glued sides end up facing each other. Then I pushed them together until the glue set (or hold in place with a paper clip).

It’s a little difficult to put into words, so check out the photo above.

Here the hearts are glued together to form an arc.

Here the hearts are glued together to form an arc.

Once the hearts were made, I put a bit of glue on the side and held the hearts together with plastic-coated paper clips in a wreath shape until the glue dried.

Here the hearts are glued together to form a wreath. Just add a ribbon and hang.

Here the hearts are glued together to form a wreath. Just add a ribbon and hang.

I used glue stick, but if you really want to go fast, you can use a stapler. You get the same heart result, but the staples are visible. I prefer a glue stick, but it does take a little longer.

These heart garlands are made from text weight paper rather than the card stock of the wreathes.

These heart garlands are made from text weight paper rather than the card stock used for the wreaths.

Next, I decided to use some of my strips of paper to make a garland of hearts. I used text weight paper, not the stiffer paper needed to keep the wreaths in shape. Here, I poked the bottom of one heart into the top of the next heart and glued them together to make my garland. If you are NOT stapling, then you will need to glue the bottom (where you make the fold) about 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch to get the same result.

Hot pink and purple heart garlands.

Hot pink and purple heart garlands.

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2" x 6"

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2-inch by 6-inches.

I decided to vary the length and width of the paper strips for my garlands. The red and white garland above was made with strips that are 1/2-inch by 6-inches. Feel free to play around with different widths and lengths of paper and see which results you like best. Or maybe you’ll find that you like having a variety of garland sizes. You can even mix lengths in the same garland if you want different size hearts.

You can just pile the hearts together to make an interesting table decoration or display.

You can even pile the hearts together to make an interesting table decoration or display.

There are many different variations on these wreathes and garlands. Play around and see what you come up with.

Happy creating, Candy