Monday, November 14, 2011

How To Make A Garland

We came across this simple tutorial on how to make a garland on HomeLife. This gorgeous paper and tulle garland was made using unbleached coffee filters, tulle, organza and sheet music on HomeLife. You could use any combination of paper and stiff, filmy fabric to suit your colour scheme. 

What you will need…
100 unbleached coffee filters
10 A4 pieces sheet music (or equivalent decorative paper)
1m tulle
1m organza
Dressmaker’s pins
Safety pin
4m ribbon

How to…
1. Open each coffee filter out to create a rough semi-circle, then glue pairs together along the straight edge to create a rough circle. Allow to dry then trim to shape. Use one of the filter circles as your template for the rest of the garland.
2. Fold the tulle over 5 times to create a long, thin rectangle with five layers. Pin as many coffee filters as you can along the tulle, then cut out. Repeat using the organza.
3. Make a neat pile of sheet music then trace around a coffee filter with the pencil, fitting as many circles as you can onto the top sheet. Holding the paper in a pile, cut around the traced circles.
Arrange your different circles into four neat piles, each material in a separate pile. To make each flower for the garland, layer the coffee filters, fabric and sheet music circles into small piles. Each pile should be slightly different, but should start and finish with a filter.
4. Take each pile and tack together using the needle and thread, then use the scalpel to cut a slit in the centre of each.
5. Attach the safety pin to one end of the ribbon, feed the pin and ribbon through the centre slit of one garland flower, tie a knot in the ribbon on either side of the flower, then repeat with each garland flower. Leave a 40cm tail at either end, and 15cm between each flower.
6. To finish, fluff the garland flowers by folding the layers outwards from the centre of each pile, pressing and smoothing folds to help them stand out.

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