watercolor doily garland {a tutorial}

watercolor garland

watercolor garland

This was one of those easy (30 minutes!) craft projects where I was able to create something fun using items I already had on hand (YAY!) This watercolor doily garland consists of painted doilies strung together on bakers twine. Keep reading to see how to make it!


  • Watercolors
  • White Doilies
  • Bakers Twine (mine is from The Twinery)

doily garland

Step 1: Using your watercolors, paint your doilies. I concentrated the color on one half of each doily, and then just used water to fade the color over the rest of the doily, giving them a suble ombre effect.

watercolor garland

When you’re done, let them dry…

ombre garland

I kind of even love the effect on the posterboard once I lift up all the doilies :)

garland doily

Take your dried doilies, and string onto your twine…

watercolor crafts

Such an easy and inexpensive garland that you can customize to any color scheme!

watercolor garland

doily bunting

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely day!

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diy crepe paper garland {a tutorial}

crepe paper garland 1

Crepe paper and I are becoming fast friends. From my crepe paper backdrop to my post on 25 crepe paper crafts, I’m realizing how versatile and fun crepe paper can be. And, of course, the addition of fringe is just icing on the cake.

crepe paper garland 2


-Crepe Paper Roll (isn’t this polka dot one I found adorable?!)
-Sewing Machine (or double-sided tape-I won’t tell)
– Foam Letters

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Step 1: Take your crepe paper, and cut 4-5 lengths that are 6′ long. I’m choosing to make a 6′ garland, but obviously you can make this garland as long or short as you’d like.

crepe paper garland 4

Step 2: Stack your crepe paper lengths on top of each other, and, using your sewing machine, sew down the length of your strips (I used a 1/4″ seam allowance).

crepe paper garland 5

Step 3: When you’re done, you’ll have this.

crepe paper garland 6

Step 4: Using your scissors, carefully cut slits in your sewn crepe paper (being careful not to snip through your stitches!) Separate your strips of crepe paper to make your garland fuller and add some dimension.

crepe paper garland 7

Step 5: Add any embellishments (I used foam letters to spell out “SHINE”, hang your garland, and admire…

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Curious about the other two garlands? The top one is just different sizes of kraft paper sewn together, and the bottom is my glitter and watercolor confetti garland. So easy!

felt bow garland {a tutorial}

felt bow garland by burlap+blue

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Sharing a repost from (hard to believe) THREE years ago. Where does the time go? Enjoy!

First, gather your felt, scissors, hot glue, embroidery floss and some cardstock to create your template. I made my template business card size (maybe a tad longer), but create yours however you like.

(See the magazine peeking out in the corner of the photo? It’s the new BHG, which is where I totally stole the color palette inspiration, btw)

So, first things first. Using your template, cut a rectangle from each piece of felt, as well as a skinny piece to wrap around the middle of each bow.

Fold each rectangle, accordian style, and pinch it in the middle. Tie each with a length of embroidery floss down the middle. I tried both hot glue and my sewing machine to hold these together, the floss was quickest and easiest for me.

After each bow is tied (or glued or stitched), hot glue your skinny piece around the middle of each bow, hiding the ends in the back.

After you’re done, you’ll have a group of these pretties….

Next up-you’ll need to connect the bows together. My original thought was to use embroidery thread to stitch them together. I knew, though, that I did not want the thread to show, and, because each bow is a different color, that would be difficult with embroidery thread. So, my solution was this…

Using a small piece of felt and hot glue, I had a simple and invisible solution. Lastly, take two skinny pieces of felt to create loops for hanging. Attach to each end of your garland.

And you’re done!

So tell me, what color combinations would you create this in? Personally, I’d love to see all white, or maybe one with shades of gray and white!

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