watercolor garland for fall {a tutorial}

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Y’all know me-I love a good garland. And this garland-combining gold glitter cardstock and Autumn-hued watercolors-is a new favorite of mine. Better still, it’s so simple to make and technique is so versatile. Make one for Fall, make one for Winter, and you’ll be good to go (until Valentine’s Day, that is)!

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Materials:
gold glitter cardstock
watercolored paper (or scrapbook paper is another cute option)
paper punch (mine is 3/4″)

Step 1: Paint your watercolor paper in the colors of your choice. I chose shades of red, orange, yellow, mustard and brown. Be sure to cover the paper entirely, and don’t be afraid to let your colors bleed and blend together. Make sure to paint both sides of the paper.

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Step 2: Once dry, use your paper punch to punch out circles from both your painted paper and your glitter cardstock.

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Step 3: Stitch your circles together (I have a designated needle for sewing through paper). This is a fast process; it took less than 5 minutes!

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And that’s it!

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What color palette would you make one of these cuties in?

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paper straw garland {a tutorial}

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Happy Tuesday, friends! While in Target the other day, I happened upon the Poppytalk Beach Picnic Collection…have you guys seen it? Lots of colorful, coordinated, and just-plain-happy entertaining pieces designed by the popular blogger herself. I purchased a couple of packs of the beautifully-designed paper straws, and took them home to play with. What I ended up with was a cute and glittery garland that’s perfect for a party backdrop, a mantle or anywhere else in your home that could use a bit of sparkle!

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Here’s the how-to!

Materials:
paper straws
glitter
Mod Podge
twine or string

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Step 1: Take your straws, and, using a sharp pair of scissors, cut them into pieces roughly 1.5″. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to one tip of each straw piece. Dip in glitter and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 2: Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the other end of each piece, dip in glitter, and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 3: Once all pieces are coated with glitter and dry, string onto some twine or thin ribbon.

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And that’s it! Your  colorful, sparkly and fun garland is ready to be hung and admired.

Thanks for reading!

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glitter and watercolor confetti garland {a tutorial}

glitter and watercolor garland glitter and watercolor confetti garland {a tutorial}

Notice that I purposely didn’t call this a “Valentine’s Day garland”…to me, using circles instead of hearts makes this garland less holiday specific…change out the colors to suit your taste, and this can be used as party décor, part of your kid’s bedroom décor, or part of your “everyday” décor.

The how-to couldn’t be simpler if I tried. I used a 3/4″ hold punch, gold glitter cardstock, and some pink/red/orange paper that my 4 year old and I watercolored yesterday afternoon. If you follow me on Instagram, you got a sneak peek of the process:)

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After your watercolors dry, take your punch and punch out some circles…

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And then, and I don’t know why I forgot to take photos of this part, but if you can sew a straight line, you can easily do this, just stitch your circles together, varying your pattern. The one tip I have for you is to designate a needle for sewing through paper. Sewing through paper will dull your needle, so it’s best to have one set aside specifically for paper sewing.

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And that’s it! This is easily a 30 Minute Makeable, and so much fun, as well!

Happy Tuesday!

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