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Spring Garland {15 minute craft}

Good Afternoon Friends!

As promised, I am going to share with you how I made the simple garland from my Spring Mantel.

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What you’ll need:

Heavier paper, like cardstock

patterned paper or an accent paper

adhesive, a glue stick will work fine

fine point marker, I used a Sharpie

ribbon or twine

clothespins or a hole punch

How I did it…

Cut out rectangles to use as the background.  (If a paper cutter is not available, trace kids flashcards.)  Cut out the letters to spell the word.  I used a different pattern of paper for each letter.  This is a great way to use up scraps!  Glue letters to rectangles.  If desired, draw little lines resembling stitching around each letter and ink edges of paper with a chocolate brown ink pad.  Then, either punch holes in the tops of each rectangle or simply clip each one with a clothespin.

Easy peasy,  cute and Springy…I love the mismatched letters because it reminds me of an old quilt.

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I made the “Happy” banner above the Art Buffet exactly the same, but hung it from pom-pom fringe.

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I would love to see your Spring banners…Please share!  Happy Crafting!

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Love me a Cupcake {garland}

I LOVE cupcakes!  I also may have a problem with buying packages of cupcake liners just because they are cute.  When I was brainstorming what I was going to create for my Valentines mantle, I remembered seeing  garlands on Pinterest made out of Cupcake liners.  How perfect for my {SWEET} mantle theme!

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Naturally, I did not look up any of the garlands I had seen…Rather I just jumped right in (with the help of my 5-year old).  I use the term “help” loosely on this one.  Really, he just likes any opportunity to use my crafting supplies and tools.

It took me a couple tries to get it the way I like it, but the end result is pretty stinkin’ cute…If I do say so myself!

What you’ll need:

cupcake liners

thread, twine or hemp

decorative beads

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How I made mine:

1. Poke holes in a few cupcake liners.

2. Leaving a length of twine for hanging, tie a knot on the twine.

3. Thread a bead onto the twine.

4. Thread a cupcake liner on to the twine.

5. Approximately two inches past the liner, tie another knot.

6. Repeat the pattern: knot, bead, liner until you have the length of garland you need.

Note: Cupcake liners are from Michael’s craft store dollar bin, Beads are from JoAnn’s craft store and twine is from Close To My Heart.  I had all on hand…great thing about this project!  Use what you have.

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My {SWEET} Valentines Mantle

I don’t know about any of you, but I am ready for Spring.  I am ready for the fresh bright colors and punchy patterns.  Decorating in the Winter has always been a challenge for me because it is so dull.  After I took down the Christmas decor, my house looked sparse and I kind of liked it…BUT it was really lacking anything interesting.

Until the boys and I made a trip to Dollar General a few weeks back and I spotted these hot pink doilies.  It’s not often I have the opportunity to decorate with pink, especially HOT pink!  These cute little doilies got my creative brain spinning and I came up with a way to incorporate the bold fun Spring colors into my dull Winter decor.

Check out my {SWEET} mantle…

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How cool is the Giant “K” I received for Christmas?!  It goes great with our wall of doors…I created the chevron canvas, doily heart garland and cupcake liner garland to add a bit of fun and whimsy.  I’ll be sharing how I made them soon!  The red vase is from my Fiestaware collection and small parfait glass was my grandmothers.  I scavenged the yarn balls and vintage ball fringe from my craft room.  The more I look at it in the space, the more I am loving it!

Here’s a close-up of the doily garland…Click here and here to see how I made them!

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And my DIY Chevron Canvas

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This reminds me of a strawberry ice cream sundae…Maybe I’ll add a red puff ball on the top! Yum!

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Can’t wait to show you how I made it all…Even your kids can help!

To see my {EASY} Valentines Countdown, click here!


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