Thursday, October 21, 2010

autumn garland diy (with Liz from EV Photo Chic)

Hi there everyone! My name's Liz and I run the blog EV Photo Chic. I feel like so much of fall decor is dedicated to the outdoors So I set out to create a fall decor that you can enjoy
while you cozy up indoors. I'm so excited to bring this DIY fall garland tutorial and I hope you get as much fun putting this together as I did! Happy crafting ;)

materials:


Step 1: Gather all your materials together. Feel free to use whatever colored card stock and tape you have in your supplies.

Step 2: Decide how many paper pinwheels and tracing paper pinwheels you wish to include in your garland. For my garland (11ft long) I made an assortment of 7 tracing paper pinwheels and 6 paper pinwheels.
It's your choice to decide how many you'd like to make. Both of these pinwheels are created using accordion folds. So curl up with a good movie and fold away!


How to make the paper pinwheel:


Step 1: Select a 4x4 piece of colored card stock (select seasonal colors to get into the spirit of fall).
Step 2: Create accordion folds through the length of the paper. Make sure to keep your folds even in width.
Step 3: Fold paper in half.
Step 4: Use your craft glue and adhere the middle together to create a semi circle.
Place a clothes pin in the middle to help hold the paper together. Set aside and let dry.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4, to create 2 more semi circles.
Step 6: Glue all 3 semi circles together. Yay, you've just created a paper pinwheel!


How to make a paper & tape pinwheel:


Step 1: Take a piece of tracing paper and crumple it up. Unfold and lay flat.
Step 2: Arrange any colored or craft tapes that you'd like across the tracing paper as shown.
Step 3: Create accordion folds through the length of the paper. Make sure to keep your folds even in width.
Step 4: Fold paper in half.
Step 5: Use your craft glue and adhere the middle together to create a semi circle.
Place a clothes pin in the middle to help hold the paper together. Set aside and let dry.
(Step 6- Optional): Use a paper punch on the edges to add a fun touch. You've just created a paper & tape pinwheel!

Putting it all together:

Cut your cotton string to the estimated length of your garland, leaving a few extra inches on each side. Use your paper punch to punch holes in the tops of your
tracing paper pinwheels and within 2 folds of the colored card stock pinwheels. Lay out all your pinwheels to determine how you will string them onto the cotton string.
Arrange your garland as you like, find a place to hang, sit back and enjoy your chic indoor fall decor!

This would also work as a great party, holiday, or any special occasion decor! Happy fall everyone :)

-Liz

9 comments:

Hearthandmade said...

this looks great!

alovelylittleworld said...

Wow, this is lovely!

Christina Rambo said...

What a wonderful project! So pretty.

Koree said...

Hey! I gave you a little award over at my blog! :)
http://koreeunveiled.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-award.html

katrina said...

how pretty -- and the steps seem simple enough to follow -- thanks, Liz!

...on the brink of something beautiful said...

im in agreement- liz you did a beautiful job. so glad you shared with us!!!
-kellie

Elizabeth said...

Thank you ladies for all your kind words. Have fun creating your garland :)

Holly Knitlightly said...

I LOVE this!

Anonymous said...

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