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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spool garland {a tutorial}

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I’m a huge fan of using garlands in my home décor…and this colorful, mod podged spool garland, with it’s bright colors, is perfect for (the end of) Summer! Here’s what you need to make one of your own….

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Materials:
Mod Podge
wooden spools (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
scrapbook paper
twine or ribbon for hanging

Step 1: Cut your scrapbook paper to fit your spools. My spools came in a pack of 20, and I used 16 of them to make my garland. Just a note, scrapbook paper works better than cardstock for this…it’s thinner and more flexible and attaches more easily to the spools. Have some tissue paper or wrapping paper you’d like to use for this project? Go ahead-both would work great!

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Step 2: Take a foam brush and add a coat of Mod Podge to one of your spools. Take one of your strips of paper and wind it around the spool. Repeat for each of your spools.

Step 3: Once dry, add one or more coats of Mod Podge to each spool. Let dry.

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Step 4: String your spools onto your twine (I used paper twine for my garland).

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You’re done! I LOVE how this turned out. How cute would it be hanging in a nursery? Or a craft space? Endless possibilities.

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Have a fabulous day, friends!

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easy last minute thanksgiving craft ideas

Please tell me how Thanksgiving has snuck up on us already? Jillian here from Her Split Ends, having a moment when I realized its almost Turkey Day!!?!? I must admit that I love this time of year. I love the chill in the air, the changing leaves, the yummy food and of course the endless amounts of crafting inspiration! Its almost impossible to not get inspired by the beauty in nature this time of year, and what better way to embrace it then to bring a little bit of that beauty indoors for your Thanksgiving decor!

How gorgeous is this simple tablescape?! I love the mix of metallics and the simple addition of the pinecones at each setting. Check out this great tutorial from Centsational Girl for the fabulous herringbone table runner. Try an easy to do cork trivet pattern or a genius idea…just put some leaves under a glass charger plate from the lovely Martha.

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{ Martha Stewart }

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Looking for a creative way to get everyone sitting in the right spots for your turkey dinner?! The crafting queen herself, Martha tells you {here} how to turn nuts into place settings. Short on nuts, try using other foods like pears, pumpkins or even pine-cones as your base for the names. {okay so pine-cones aren’t technically a food…but you know what i mean}

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{Martha Stewart}

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{HGTV}

Who doesn’t love the look of Mercury glass?! Such a cool way to bring a little metallic into your space. With this easy tutorial from Thistlewood you can DIY mercury glass on…anything! Pumpkins, a vase, votive candle holders, a bird {not a real one} or even a lamp base!

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Thistlewood Farm

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Decoist

Not only is it great to dress up your Turkey day table, add a little fall inspiration to your front door {with this great burlap wreath tutorial from the one and only Burlap+Blue} or jazz up your mantle with an adorable painted pincone garland {so doing both of these!!}

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Burlap & Blue

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Smile and Wave

So get your craft on this Thanksgiving! Be sure to check out the links to all these easy-to-do {and inexpensive} tutorials. Happy Turkey Day!

Cheers
~Jillian