Monday, 14 December 2009

Make a Sweet Snowy Garland

I thought of something cute to do with the Sweet Snowman printables...



...there they are at the bottoms and tops...



...with snowflakes and hearts...



... as Sweet Snowy garlands!

Last Christmas I decorated the hall with a curtain of paper snowflakes. They were lovely and big and I planned to make more, and as I was sat with my Snowmen and ribbons and buttons and pens and paper and well, everything supply I could think of, I had this idea...



First I cut out my Sweet Snowman gift tags which I printed on plain old paper and then little hearts from red paper (they are 4cm (1.5") and I cut 10)...



...then with the plain old paper I cut some 11cm (4") sqaures and snipped them into pretty snowflakes. I think most people remember how to do this from school but in case you need a little nudge (I did!)

*Fold your square diagonally in half and then again and once more*
*Snip little bits out of the sides carefully*
*Unfold*
*Play around until you have pretty paper snow*



I took my six Snowmen, 10 hearts and 8 snowflakes and lay them out on the floor in the order I would stitch them... snowman then heart, snowflake, heart... and a snowman on the bottom. You can put them however you think is prettiest and as long as you like but do put a snowman a the bottom of each...

Then I forgot to take a photo of them being stitched on the machine and of course you could sew them by hand. I'd use a long thread and stitch top and bottom of each piece with extras in the middle when needed...

*Pull a long thread tail through the foot (this will be your string to tie your garlands up later)
*With your first Snowman tag open, stitch through his back...
*Once the paper has gone through, keep tension on the thread and do a couple of stitches (this makes your gap)
*Sew through a heart...
*stitch a gap...
*Sew through a snowflake...
*stitch a gap...

*Once your last in the line of hearts and snowflakes is stitched, sew half way down the back of another open snowman.
*Fold the Snowmen and glue them closed. The double thickness and a bit of glue will act like a bit of weight and hold the garlands straighter... see there is a reason :)



Make as may as you like and hang them everywhere!
My snipping made 3 garlands which are now hung between the banisters of the stairs, but they look good hung together from the ceiling too...



If anymore does make a garland, I'd love to hear!

I'll be trying to make more to fill the stairs every time I settle in to a Xmas movie... I think I'll need a lot of movies!
xo

6 comments:

  1. those are so pretty! I want to make some, if I have time. so far for christmas decorations, I have only made lame paper chains and big yarn pompoms... which aren't lame.

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  2. Wow... looks great!!

    Sweet greetings, saskia :)

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  3. You are sooo awesome! :) Thank you for my lil BOO stamp pin! I love it! And thank you for the sweet note! It made my day!


    ps these lil snowmen are sitting in my download folder just waiting to be printed ;)


    Thank you again!

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  4. Hi from Spain!
    We do a garland with them, thank you so much.

    Hugs and Merry Xmas :)



    http://dalleuncolinho.blogspot.com/2009/12/handmade-christmas-iv.html (I hope you like it)

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