Thursday, October 8, 2009

No Bones About It



I love garlands!! If you ever stopped by my house you'd spot a garland somewhere in my living room. My Mom had a lot of garlands in her home decor and I guess I inherited that "garland gene". Garland's can be an expensive accessory to buy for your holiday decor, but I have come up with a ever-so-cute and inexpensive alternative. With a little bit of crafty know how you'll be making garlands for every season!!


Here is what you'll need:
Ribbon, Rik Rac, String ~ something to attached your "items" to.
Letters ~ chip board, glitter letters etc.
Dollar Tree skeletons
Dollar Tree drink coasters ~ clever, I know!
Mini close pins


First you need to decide what you want to SAY: I choose "spooky" but I also thought of "eek", "boo", "trick", "ghost", "witchy" the list could go on forever.
Once you have your word...spell it out. I found these letters on clearance at Joann's for .50 cents and bought letters that I thought I could use to spell things out.

I spraypainted the chip board black, but I have also mod podged the letters with scrapbook paper.


I used rik rac for this garland, but ribbon or fabric is also a fun alternative. Measure the space where you plan to hang the garland. Remember your garland will "sag" from the weight of the "items".


Now the fun part, just start attaching your "items" to the garland. Mix and match your skeletons and coasters with the letters and be creative!! I never glue anything down permanently until I am sure. Even then alot of the time I just attach the items with clothes pins or string. That way if I don't like it I can always change it.

Linking up:
Tip Junkie
Tidy Mom

30 Handmade Days
Sumos Sweet Stuff
Blue Cricket Designs
Todays Creative Blog

17 comments:

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I have the perfect spot in my house for such a thing. When we first moved here I was so excited... holidays, birthdays, all sorts of reasons to hang something there. Guess what? I haven't hung one! Maybe that should change...

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I have to brag that Pammy made me a garland that spells TRICK and I have it strung along my staircase banister! These really are the cutest!

Danielle Mahoney said...

Thanks for the great ideas. I LOVE Halloween and am always on the lookout for great new ideas. I love all of the ideas I have found on your blog.

The Fish Family said...

that is the cutest! I showed the blog to Max and he wants to make one now :)

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Aimee said...

Go check out my blog-- I've really gotten into banners/garlands this Halloween and I'm giving one away! It's my first giveaway, so go take a look.

Sell...Party Of 3 said...

That is so adorable. I think that I might have to make one...even though I can't remember that last time I was crafty!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Great ideas for a Halloween garland - most effective!

Petit Elefant said...

That banner is so fun!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love how you incorporated the skeletons into your banner! I'll be linking.

Molly @ Star Cottage said...

You never cease to amaze me with your charm and creativity ;)

Jennie said...

Such a fun garland!! I'm a huge garland and banner fan, myself :) Thank you for sharing this!

Leanne said...

I love your spooky garland. I love garlands too. They're much cheaper to make than to buy.I live in Utah too. How did you like the snow today? Thanks for sharing.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Too stinkin' cute!! Great job!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Love it all and it is so thrifty!!!
SO FUN!!!
following you now
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Cupcakes and Cutlery said...

I love the bits of sparkle with the spooky skeletons. So cute! And the mix of fonts is so great! I have the perfect wall for this! :)

Lowri said...

This looks amazing - I love banners!
Thanks for sharing
Lowri :-)
http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

Karen @ It's the Suburbs or Bust- Yo! said...

love this- pinning it!

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