What You’ll Need:
Paper Doilies (4″ – 5″)
Embroidery floss ¬† (you can also use plain, old string, bakers twine or waxed string)
Gold foil seals ( 1/2″ diameter)
Heart shaped craft punch
Tiny whole punch
Resources: Doilies, floss, and paper are available at most craft stores. ¬†Gold seals can be found at office supply stores.
For this garland, you’ll be creating three separate strands. ¬† ¬†When it’s time to hang them, they’ll be joined together to create the garland.
Gold Seal Strand:
1.Cut a piece of embroidery floss to the desired length and tie a knot at each end.
2. ¬†Start at one end of the floss, and stick two of the foil seals back to back with the floss running between. ¬† Repeat every three or four inches until you reach the end. ¬† ¬†(see figure 1)
1. ¬†Take a sheet of decorative paper and punch out your ¬†hearts using your craft punch. ¬†(for a 6 ft garland, I punched out 25 – 30 hearts).¬† Punch a hole using a tiny paper punch in the top right or left side of each heart.¬†(see figure 2)
2. Cut a piece of embroidery floss to the desired length and tie a knot on one end.
3. ¬†Take one of your paper hearts and thread the floss through the punched hole. ¬†Slide the heart to the knot at the end.¬†¬†(see figure 3)
4. ¬†Tie another knot three inches down the line, slide another heart down the floss until you reach ¬†the knot. ¬†Repeat the knots and hearts until you reach the end of the floss ¬†and knot once more.
Doily Flower Strand:
1. ¬†Put your pencil erasure ¬†in the center of one of your paper doilies.¬† Fold the doily towards the pencil point. ¬†(see figure 4)
2. ¬†Remove the doily from the end of the pencil, keeping it pinched between your fingers. ¬† Fold the petals outward. (see figure 5)
3. ¬†Repeat steps one and two and create enough flowers for your garland. ¬†(I made 12 flowers for a six foot garland).
5. ¬†Cut a piece of embroidery floss to the desired length and tie a knot on each end.
6. ¬†About 4 inches from one end of your floss, tie a loose knot, leaving an opening about 1/2′ wide. ¬† (see figure 6)
7. ¬†Slip the open knot over the point of one of your flowers, then pull the knot tightly closed. ¬† Tie a second knot to secure the flower. ¬†(see figure 7)
8. ¬† Continue down the floss, attaching a flower every five inches until you reach the end.
Joining the Strands:
The strands can easily get tangled, so it’s best to ¬†wait to join them until you’re ready to hang them.¬† I suggest until then, keep them wrapped ¬†around a paper towel tube or cardboard scrap.
To join them, just gather one (or two) of each strand and knot this grouping at both ends.
You can use these garlands to trim a table, mantle, window, or any architectural element.
What it cost:
Embroidery floss: $.33 (which was enough to make 3 strands)
Paper $.79 – $1.79 per sheet
Doilies $2.39 (for a pack of 50)
Gold Seals $1.99 for 100
Thanks so much, Laurie, for another great project!