It's almost the Fourth of July! It's a holiday that basically demands red, white, and blue decorations for a backyard barbecue. As a crafty gal, I love to decorate for the holidays. However, I'm in a season of life in which my DIY decorations need to be quick and easy or they won't get done. I'm sure that as my son gets older, I'll be able to return to more elaborate DIYs, but I'm keeping it simple for this year's 4th of July festivities. As I'm sure you realize, simple can be outstandingly gorgeous.
Here's what you need:
- Paper (or Plastic)
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors/Die Cutting Machine
And here's how you do it:
ONE: Cut out lots and lots and lots of red, white, and blue stars.
How many exactly? Depends on how grand a garland you want to create. Generally speaking, I recommend cutting more than you think you'll need. You can cut them all the same size or make them different sizes -- totally up to you!
I also cut out a bunch of yellow circles for a secondary garland.
TWO: Sew the stars/circles together, leaving a gap between each shape as you sew.
I don't do anything special when I'm sewing through paper. (Though, I do recommend changing your needle before you start a fabric project!) If you decide to use plastic, consider using a teflon foot or walking foot for your machine.
- Leave some extra thread at the beginning and end of the garland to make hanging it up easier.
- To store your garland without it tangling, wrap it around an empty tube, such as a paper towel tube or the tube from inside a roll of vinyl.
Whichever way you decide to style your decorations, I hope you'll join me in taking a simple approach to 4th of July decorating. You can even reuse these garlands on your Christmas tree, especially if you store them carefully using the tube method.
Thanks for stopping by!