Elise Blaha :: enJOY it.

eliseblaha.typepad.com · Dec 4, 2013

felted christmas garland.

I love it when a plan comes together.

This project is totally inspired by the Anthropologie felted bows garland. I LOVE how simple and fun it is and decided to make my own in traditional red and green.

I selected felt in five colors (I like the stuff with some wool content because the colors and texture is better) and bought 1/4 yard of each. Then I just cut my felt into strips that were about 3/4 inches wide (and 1/4 yard long). Freehanding is key here. No measuring allowed.

I used hemp rope for the base because I had it sitting in the garage. The finished garland is tied tight enough that you can't see what material is used, but something thicker than normal string might be easier to work with. And then I just knotted each piece of felt once until my garland was complete. (This is one of those projects that looks bad at first but comes together nicely.)

If you were going to hang this garland, you could totally leave an extra bit of string on the ends, but I want to use it as a centerpiece on my dining table, so I ran the felt all the way to the edge. To accomplish this, I tied one knot about four inches from the end and then folded the extra rope back and wrapped my knots around both pieces. It's secure and the left over string doesn't show.

Simple enough, but looks pretty cool right? I ended up using almost all of my felt and my garland is 82 inches long. Check back tomorrow for another (simple!) holiday project. I'm on a roll.

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