DIY Download: Festive Garland

As I mentioned last month, Becca will be sharing a few DIY projects here on Flights of Fancy during her internship. If you’re planning a little Thanksgiving Soirée this Thursday, this download will be a perfect fit. Enjoy!

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craft idea: thanksgiving garland

Decorating for the holidays can seem overwhelming at times, but this simple DIY garland will add some festivity to your holiday without all the fuss!  I live in a super tiny studio apartment with my husband, and this garland was perfect for our small space: festive, but restrained; simple, but effective.  Would you like one for your home too?

This Thanksgiving garland can easily be adapted for any holiday or celebration by switching out the message and adding different decorative elements (think: hearts for Valentine’s Day, Christmas trees for Christmas, stars for Hanukkah, or bells for a wedding).  Download the complete alphabet set to create your own custom garland!

Here’s the full how-to:

craft tools

Tools: Shown above – (A) Cardstock in any color or pattern  (B) 1/4″ Rectangular hand punch  (C) 1/4″ Ribbon in any color   (D) Scissors

Step 1: Download the DIY garland template and print out the necessary letters for your garland.

Step 2: Cut out letters along the solid black lines.  You could also use a 3″ circle punch if available.

Step 3: Use 1/4″ rectangular hand punch to punch two rectangular slits along the two lines at the top of the circle.  If you do not have a punch on hand, you could also use an X-acto knife to cut the slits.  Using an X-acto knife instead of a punch will make threading the ribbon slightly more difficult, however.

Step 4: Starting with the last letter in your message, thread the ribbon up through the right slit and down through the left slit.  Continue adding letters from the end of your message to the beginning. Space out the letters evenly along the ribbon.

craft idea: thanksgiving garland

And that’s it!  Now wasn’t that easy? Now you’re ready at a moment’s notice for any party or celebration!

I’ve created two sets of downloads for you – one alphabet set in a more casual font, and the other alphabet set in a more elegant, fancy font.  By switching up the font, color of paper, color of ribbon, or decorative elements, you could adapt these garlands to fit any celebration!

Happy crafting – and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

- Becca

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Click below to download…

Download Festive Garland
  • Carrie

    August 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I can’t access the alphabet for printing the garland. Can you help please! The are adorable.

  • gia at betsywhite

    August 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Carrie,
    If you’re on a Mac, when you click on the “download it” image at the bottom of the post, the file will automatically download to your computer. If you’re using a PC, the PDF file will automatically open in a new browser window when you click on the link.

    Hope this helps!

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