It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time to
steal borrow ideas from Anthro so you can deck your trendy halls without paying Anthropologie prices!
Who can resist a good Anthropologie hack? Whimsical Christmas isn't usually my thing...but this year it is. Mostly because I really love this garland. Their buyers know how to curate.
Here's what you'll need:
- a lot of felt sheets (I got 12 different colors - $0.25ea! You'll need more if you want a longer garland)
- DMC (embroidery) floss
- one large needle
- a pair of scissors
Easiest instructions ever:
Step 1 - cut your felt pieces in half (did I measure? do I *ever* measure? just eyeball it, girlfriend...it'll be fine)
Step 2 - cut approximately 1" wide strips across the width of your half sheets to make your little pieces. Put your tape measure away! Stop that...just cut.
Step 3 - MIX 'EM UP! I enlisted small hands to help with this part
Step 4 - thread a long strand of DMC floss (however long you want your garland) on a giant needle
Step 5 - tie a knot in the end (so that your felt bows won't slip off!)
Step 6 - pinch your little "bow" so that it looks like a...um...bow.
Step 7 - pull the needle through the cinched part you just made (note the tiny hands helping with this part as well) and take the little bow all the way down to the knot...it's ok that it stretches out - it'll bunch back up once you get more bows on there.
NO PATTERN. This was hard for my little pattern-making princess...she loves a pattern. Eventually she got the hang of just grabbing one off the stack and threading it.
Step 8 - repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have a whole strand of garland! You'll need to fluff it and move the felt up and down on the thread until it's exactly like you want it to look.
The result is so adorable...Sadie and I are both in love with it:
The whole project costs about $4.50 (maybe less), and is so easy even a six year old can do it...ask me how I know. :)