I’m currently obsessed with all things garland! The walls in our apartment are either brick or plywood directly over brick (charming, right?) so we have limited options as far as wall decor goes, since picture hanging is pretty much a nonstarter. It’s a bit of a blessing in disguise because I’m forced to get creative – see: DIY String Art.
Garlands are usually brought out of storage around the holidays, but why not make something festive yet neutral enough to display as a wall hanging year-round? I originally envisioned 3 different elements one one strand, but as I was constructing the piece, things fell into place a bit differently – for me. Feel free to take this as f r e e f o r m inspiration and go wherever the wind will take you on your garland vision quest.
ELEMENT 1 – HANDMADE POM POMS
If you’re not a yarn hoarder like I am, head on over to a craft store and behold the black hole that is the yarn aisle. Prepare to spend at least 20 minutes staring blankly at all the colors and textures, and let yourself go nuts. I used at least 6 different colors of yarn in my final piece, but feel free to hone it down to like 3ish if you’re on a budget. Rules of the road for pom pom making – cheap + fuzzy yarn works well enough. No need to go for the 100% wool stuff; if anything, my experience was that the cheapo acrylic yarn actually behaved better than the hand dyed single ply baby merino alpaca handwash-only snootypants wool I have in my stash.
ELEMENT 2 – PAPER BEADS
I had so much fun making these that I’m already planning what else I can use them in! I painted stripes on 11×14″ paper with several colors of acrylic paint and a relatively dry brush to achieve the effect below but you could also use wrapping paper, newspaper, or magazine pages for a different effect. Experiment with color combinations, and have fun with it!
1. Measure and cut out triangles onto the blank side of patterned paper.
2. Begin to roll your triangle strips, patterned side out. I used a size 7 knitting needle as my base. Continue to roll the strip, keeping edges even.
ELEMENT 3 – COPPER TUBING
I used 1/4″ soft copper refrigerator coil and a pipe cutter to make copper beads of different lengths, but you could also buy precut copper fittings for ~$1 apiece at most hardware stores.
put it all together