Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Super Quick and Easy Ornament Garland

I promised a tutorial for my ornament garlands that I showed you in my Christmas tour – and I didn’t want to disappoint my millions of fans.

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Just take a deep breath, because the materials needed might take your breath away. 

Are you ready for this?  You’ll need:

ornaments

and

ribbon

and {breathe!}

duck tape

Don’t you just love projects that only need three materials?!

  {By the way, is it duct tape or duck tape?  I think it’s duck.  Right? Kinda like anyways.  Are you supposed to write anyways or anyway? Anyone know these important adult things that I apparently didn’t get the memo on?}

 

Anyway(s?), thanks to my lovely sister for showing me this inspiration picture, which she originally found on Pinterest. 

                           Source: mintlovesocialclub.com via Jessica - thisblessedlife on Pinterest

 

 

I have been wanting to make an ornament wreath for years but I’ve read that they’re complicated and then I saw this ornament garland and I got so excited to make it.  And then I read the tutorial and saw all the different sized ornaments I was going to have to buy for it, and I got a little disappointed.  Until I decided that I was going to just wing it and go ahead with what I had. 

Because I don’t know about you guys, but when I get ready to start something – be it a recipe or a craft – I realllllllly hate having to stop.  I usually just try to figure out a way to make it work. 

Let’s just say that “She was a patient woman” will definitely NOT be inscribed on my tombstone someday. 

So basically all I did was grab ornaments that I got from Target on clearance for less than a dollar two years ago for the red and silver one:

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And grab some champagne ornaments I got at the Dollar Tree two years ago for the one on my entryway/dresser/hutch thing:

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I also grabbed some spare ribbon from my stash (I always save ribbon; you never know when you can use it!) and seriously just slid the ornaments down the ribbon. 

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That is it. 

I didn’t worry about different sizes or different colors or anything like that, although I did try to alternate colors and/or patterns (the champagne ones are both matte and sparkly).

Then secure it with duck/duct tape to your desired surface and voila.

Don’t you just love an easy project???!!! Finally, right?

Quick, easy, simple, frugal, pretty, shiny ornament garland.  I love it when those words come together in a sentence. 

 

My one tip is to use ribbon that’s on the thicker side (like in my picture above).  Because if you go with thin ribbon, it may or may not be able to withstand the weight and it may or may not crash down at 3 in the morning and you may or may or lie in bed with a heart panting fast because you are sure someone broke into the house by throwing a rock in the window and you are waiting to see if they are going to try to crawl in before you wake your husband up frantically.   Until you realize it was all your fault and now you’re mad because you’re awake at 3 am and you know there are broken ornaments all over your carpet that will need to be cleaned up in the morning.

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So please, trust me on this and go with the thick ribbon. :)

Have fun!

9 comments:

  1. Glad you posted this, it looks so great! Cant' wait to make my own and I'm excited to see your works of art in person soon! :)

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  2. It's definitely "duct" :) Love how you include your sense of humor in each of your posts. The garland is gorgeous - I may be making myself one or seven next year!

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  3. Love it! I am going to have to try it next year! Merry Christmas!

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  4. I am so happy you made this garland! I was so shocked at how easy it is!!! Looks great on your shelves.

    Happy Holidays!

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  5. Although it's duct tape there is a brand called Duck Tape. So both ate right. Linda like Kleenex and tissue.
    You crazy run on sentence about thin ribbon and falling cracked me up!!!! So true! Hahaha!!!

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  6. Did you say DUCK TAPE?? I. AM. IN!
    Love it and so pretty and festive!

    Merry Christmas from our house to YOURS!!! ENJOY!

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  7. Beautiful garland! Your story about why to use thick ribbon sounded a little too much like it came from experience.. which the last pictures proved to be the case! So sorry!! I can definitely relate. Ever used those 3M strips to hang stuff? I usually love 'em, but they didn't like my fridge so my whiteboard calendar came crashing down and I actually did jump out of bed and look for the robber and didn't find out what it actually was until the morning. Whew. That's one way to get your heart rate up!
    Also, I agree with Mary about the duck/duct discussion.
    And finally, I COMPLETELY relate with you when it comes to the impatience of starting/finishing a craft or recipe with whatever is on hand.. I'm although it's Christmas Eve I'm considering undecorating my tree to use the bulbs for a garland :)

    Merry Christmas!

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  8. this is such a beautiful idea!!! love it! and i'm glad i saw this now... while everything is on clearance! sweet.

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