Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Garland DIY - Say Something!

So I found this website through Elise's blog, and I was intrigued. They have some nice decor and party DIYs. Well, they are really more about giving you an idea then the steps necessary to make that idea come to life. Take this garland for example. The "instructions" start out like so: "simply cut out letters from bright scrapbook paper". Thanks. Duh. Did you trace the letters from something? Draw them freehand? WHAT?! TELL ME HOW!!!

Sigh. Thank goodness I am a fucking crafting genius and can just figure it out on my own. I've made banners before. Loads of them. I got this.

You will need: Scissors, string/yarn/ribbon, cardstock, pen or pencil, tape/glue/stapler (aka something to attach something to something else)

Step One: After choosing your cardstock - you will need something fairly heavy for this - start writing your letters. Mine are about 5-6" tall cause I wanted a fucking huge banner. But make yours whatever size you're comfortable with. Oh, you'll have to have a phrase or word in mind as well. Unless random letters are your thing. "USHLKERZXQ" might look really good on your wall for all I know.

Note: Before we get too far into this, I'm going to go ahead and post a disclaimer that I am really unconcerned with the perfect-ness of this project! If you're real anal-pants you can print off a template from the computer, or use a cutting machine (Silhouette, Sizzix, etc.) to get your letters "just right". Barf, I don't have time for that. Maybe I'll use a ruler, and maybe not. I just want some damn giant letters!

Step Two: Cut out your letters.

Step Three: Maybe have a pee break or get up and walk around or something.

Step Four: Attach your letters to your string/yarn/ribbon. In order. Use whatever you want! Washi tape looks pretty, but a stapler is fast man! I used clear tape on the backs. I was feeling particularly lazy that night.

Step Five: Hang it on your wall or your mantle! Admire with pride! Have a deserve it!

Cost: $0
I had all this stuff already, and you probably do too!

Time: 1 hour-ish
This project took way less time than I anticipated. Way less. I almost wanted to delete the entire post I had written! Ha! With the damn chilly weather we've been having, I'm not getting to do any of my favourite outdoor winter activities, so I'll just have to make do with some crafting in fits and spurts!

The beauty with a craft like this is in it's simplicity. You got a pencil? Paper? Scissors? You know your alphabet? You got this too!

Best part of the whole project? When I pointed it out to Lucas, he looked super cheery and read it back to me: "Hashtag I Love Winter". My 8-year-old knows what a hashtag is. I can't tell if that's a parental fail, or parental winning.

I think "winning"...wink
later loves


  1. I have one I want t make but every time I go into my office I find something else to move around.

  2. I love how you write DIY posts. It's pretty much how I write them. I include everything I did wrong too, so if anyone is reading step by step they'll make the same mistakes I made. I think that writing DIY posts just makes me extra sarcastic, but then again everything makes me extra sarcastic.


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