Are you getting tired of my garland obsession? I hope not.It's just that there are a gazillion ideas running through my head all the time. I truly can't help it. I love them and so I must make them. And blog about them. I may need a garland intervention.
I think I am in birthday party mode at the moment. Party pretties and decorations are consuming me. I usually am like this by Spring of each year since my girls share a party having a birthday 2 weeks apart in the middle of Summer. They love sharing their party (yay for me). And I love decorating and planning the theme yet this year they had other ideas.
Their OWN ideas. Really? This young? Oh well.
I figured I can get my fix by doing mini parties with one or two of their friends over the Summer. I have visions of vintage tea parties, outdoor summer picnic parties, a girly glam camp out party. These were MY ideas that were still fun but PRETTY. I simply like pretty things.
What do they want? A bounce house or a slip and slide. And it is about them.
I am totally doing it but the fancy girl in me is very sad. But I know I can get creative. :)
Back to the leaf garland...
This one has been on my mind for a possible Etsy shop item. I like the versatility of using different fabrics and colors and then adding removable flowers to them too.
This idea came to me after I made the branch place cards.
All you really need is some coordinating fabric, twine, and a glue gun.
I happen to have these adhesive fabric fuse sheets on hand but double sided fusible interfacing works perfectly too when going a no sew route.
After bonding the two fabrics together, I free hand cut leaf shapes of small, medium, and large sizes.
First step is to create your vine by cutting a length of twine and then cutting small pieces for your "branches."
Tie each piece in a knot.
I tied each one tight enough so it won't come undone but loose enough that they can slide on the vine to make it as full as I would like.
Add a line of hot glue down the lower middle of one of your leaves, and squeeze the bottom of the leaf around a branch creating a leaf vein.
I did not pay attention to which side of the leaf faced up to add interest and not one specific pattern.
The more leaves and branches you add to your vine, the heavier it gets. It is not heavy at all for hanging but be aware that you will need to tie it to something in order to hang it.
It is pretty easy and totally worth it!
Tomorrow or later this week I will share this with you with flowers that you can add and interchange with it.
Have a fabulous day friends!