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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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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