12.06.2010

quick craft: literary snow storm.


The world has been telling me to make this. Holiday garlands are all around the web, so crafting one has been on my to-do list. But, on Friday I treated myself to DIY magazine, in which I found instructions for making a wintery curtain garland of sorts. Bam. I had to make my own. This, my ladies, is a project you cannot screw up because it is all about sweet, sweet imperfection. I changed the project a smidge, as I didn't have the attention span to follow the semi-time-consuming directions set forth for me. So, with my abreviated version, an ADHD crafter's adaptation, I only needed 25 minutes to cover two windows...not too bad, even if you're a super busy gal!

Read on for instructions!



Step 1: Rip out about twenty pages from your book. Stack the pages as thick as your scissors will allow, and begin to cut various sizes of squares or rectangles. Please, please, please don't sweat perfection! But, just for reference: My squares stuck within the 1 1/2 to 2" range, with lots of imperfect, tattered edges.

Step 2: Switch on your sewing machine, and make sure it's loaded with light or invisible thread. Run about 3 inches of just thread, and then begin feeding through your paper, one square at a time. You can leave as much or as little space between each square as you'd like. I varied mine, and even ran some of my squares through diagonally...because I'm edgy like that.

Step 3: Once you reach the length needed (mine ran five feet per garland), simply snip and hang from the top of your window using clear tape. Or, if you have an extra tension rod lying around, just tie the top of each strand around the rod and secure that in your window.

Step 4: Repeat as many times as needed to crank up the cute in your space! I made six individual garlands for each window.


Absolutely easy as can be, I promise. And it's just as charming from the street below my window, as it is from my coziest living room chair.

11 comments:

  1. lovely pictures and what a sweet whimsical idea. it will definitely carry through to the new year (not just Christmas). love it!

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  2. Cute idea - looks like you and Eleanor are off to a good start!

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  3. Fun! And I just might have access to millions of old, discarded books...

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  4. What a cute idea! If only I didn't live in a dorm room... haha Love the photos though, it looks so cute!
    <3 Kiersten

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  5. Thanks, girls! :)

    And, Erin...I recently inherited a whole box of books from the 1930s! They're nothing special, just old chapter books from a family friend, but I've seriously been milking them for crafting projects lately! :)

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  6. Amazing! I love the look of old book pages too. It's such a simple craft but very effective. x

    P.S. I hope my ornament has made it to you!!

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  7. that is so pretty! i love the added touch of ornaments at the bottom! :) that's certainly an easy way to dress up a window for the holidays

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  8. loveliness. even prettier than i imagined it! the perfect 1st sewing project with your sweet new friend eleanor.

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  9. That is an adorable idea!! So perfect for you ;)

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  10. I love this. wish I had a sewing machine!

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