When I was young and had lots of money to waste, I used to love spending it at Anthropologie. It’s kind of sad how much I spent there in my single days (and how much of if it is now broken because of my husband and kids… this is why we can’t have nice things…).
Now with kids and a “budget” I don’t get around to shopping there as much as I would like to. Fortunately for me, the folks at Anthropologie are very crafty, and I am very crafty, which makes it pretty easy for my to hack the craft and come up with DIY versions.
I saw this all over the internet awhile back, and I guess everyone else had the same idea. The original one would set you back a pretty penny, but mine (if you’re as crafty and as much of a craft hoarder as me) is just a penny. Ok maybe not an actual penny, but probably not too many of them.
I have a scrap stash. I have a fabric one, and a felt one and even a paper one. That stuff gets expensive! I save where I can! This is a GREAT example of that. I raided my felt stash, and grabbed all the odds and end pieces from lots of felt flowers and crafts, and a few regular sheets too… and got down to business…
Cut your scraps and sheets into strips… about 1″x3″… just eyeball it, we’re not going for perfection here.
Thread your needle with your desired length of your garland. Measure your fireplace mantle, or your empty wall space, or wherever you plan to display this, and then give yourself about an extra 6-12″.
You can tie a large knot on one end, but I made a loop (which makes it way easier to hang from hooks and the like) and begin to thread your pieces on.
Pinch your piece of felt in the center to create a “bow” like shape…
Once you have a few pieces on, slide them together to create the bunched look of the garland. It’s easier to do this every 10 or so strips, rather than later when you start to run out of room… trust me on this one.
Make sure you pay attention to the colors you’re putting on so you are keeping it in a pattern, or random… don’t put too many green, and forget to add some pink or red… or whatever colors you’re using. Organized chaos.
How cute right? It cost me nothing when I made it because I had everything on hand… but I would assume my garland used about 15 sheets of felt, so around $5. The entire garland should set you back no more than $10! How’s that for markup? Aye!
Do you love Anthropologie as much as I do? Do you think you’ll tackle this project? You could use specific colors for holidays or birthday parties! Share your ideas with me in the comments! Happy Crafting!