Handmade Garlands & Doily Trees

December 29th, 2014

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I just love white on white on white for Christmas this year. I’m also working on keeping things simple. So I created a few simple DIY banners to put the finishing touches on my Christmas Mantel.

This Crepe paper banner is super fast, cheap and easy. I just bought a roll of cream crepe paper (for $.99!), and gathered it by bunching and pushing it through the sewing machine. Easy peasy!

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I created a tiny felt flag banner using my Cricut Explore to cut a sheet of white felt. The best way to cut felt with a Cricut Explore is to iron-on Heat n’ Bond to the back. You’ll need to peel the backer paper off, and press the bonded side down on the mat.
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I cut a ton of little diamonds out of the mounted felt. These are 1.25″ tall.

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I used white thread to string the triangles. A thin white twine would have been a bit easier to work with.
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I placed each diamond about 1/2″ apart, and then folded them down into triangles and pressed them with my iron.

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I love the sweetness of the final banner.theprojectgirl-felt-flag-banner-greenery

For the scallop banner, I sewed 2″ circles down the middle, and folded them over. And the ball banner was a super affordable pom pom banner from Michaels.

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I also created these super simple doily trees to finish off my little villages houses by cutting a 12″ doily into quarters.

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And then used some hot glue and my Ad Tech High Temp large format glue gun (my fav!) to glue it cut-end to cut-end. I do recommend possibly using a low-temp, or using a finger guards when glueing thin paper with holes.

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And there you go, doily trees!theprojectgirl-doily-tree

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Check out more pics of my Christmas Mantel:

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