Monday, December 6, 2010

a festive felt garland

In years past, I felt my tree was missing a layer.  It's needed more love, more texture, and a better garland.  I just knew when I saw this idea in Do it Yourself magazine, that I had found my Christmas tree's perfect match.  Unfortunately, the magazine vanished and has not been seen in weeks.  Very depressing.  However, I did find this sweet little blog's diy circle garland post, and found the circle template to be very helpful. 

I used two sheets of each five colors of felt.  If you make a garland, put on a movie, and/or break it into a couple of days, because it does take some time.  What is great, is that I was able to create 20 yards of felt Christmas tree garland for four dollars.  You can't beat it, and the intrinsic value of a craft complete and looking pretty, makes me smile.

Merry decorating!


Jennifer D December 6, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Wonderful idea. Our tree was missing something this year so we decided to string cranberries and popcorn, old school and still soooo cool. I am thinking I need a felt garland next year.

oh... and your photos make me smile :0)lovely

Erin December 6, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

I love that! so fun. :)

Shelley December 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

Love, Love, Love It!

a little bit biased December 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

Love it Cass! I like the different colors of green on there too. Greatjob and it looks like fun craft so thanks for sharing!!.

Hearthandmade December 7, 2010 at 4:05 AM  

i love it! i might make one in all white or white and red :) depending on my felt supplies

Bonnie December 7, 2010 at 5:25 AM  

Oh Cassie, I loooove it! You'll have to post pictures of your pretty tree. :) I've really enjoyed catching up on your blog - sorry I've been away, still recovering. You've made me crave cheesecake, cry (your clarity post was beautiful and so moving and I am totally blown away and inspired by your passion for those dealing with abuse), laugh (what is it about men and power tools?), and once again be inspired to create something beautiful. It's been such a joy catching up!! I hope your week is treating you right. :)


Kristin December 7, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

OMG, that is so darn cute!

A Serenade for Solitude December 7, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

Friends--thanks for your kind comments! It was so fun to make and I don't regret any of the hours that it took! ;) I'll show my tree soon!!

vintch December 8, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

oh i just love the texture of that garland:) and how rewarding to look at your tree this year and think "hey! i made that!"

so, so pretty!

A Serenade for Solitude December 8, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

Vintch--I am totally excited that I created it myself! SO rewarding, and really, it does make my tree that much more complete!

Laura Marie December 8, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

Ooh love this! Thanks for sharing :)

Hope you're having a good week!
xo Laura Marie

Saumya December 9, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

Wow, this is great! I looked at some of your other posts and noticed your first singing idols were Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Those were my HEROS when I was taking singing classes. So cool!

I'm also a writer and glad I found your beautiful blog. Excited to be a new follower! Have a great weekend :)

A Serenade for Solitude December 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

Saumya--I'm excited to have you! Thanks for telling me a little about yourself. It is so nice to meet people through blogger. :)

Tammy December 10, 2010 at 6:52 AM  

Cass! I love the pretty garland....and the model ain't bad either...! J/K! You look beautiful! You always come up with the cutest craft ideas, so fun! xoxo

Rachel December 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

Hello Cassie. I just came over from Amber's blog. I love your blog! You have such a "voice" and write interesting posts. I'll be back soon :)

Ana* December 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

I love this to the 2nd power!
Thanks for sharing :)

Stitched With Prayer December 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Cassie, I love your Christmas tree garland. I can't have a tree this year as we are giving the upstairs in our 35 year old home a bit of a face lift. Nothing major but no matter how small the mess seems to creep through the entire house, LOL. BUT, that gives me plenty of time to get one of these great garlands made for next year and I am going to do that. I love a garland on a tree, and this one appeals to me so much because I love hand made items. Anything made from the hand and the heart is so special. Thanks for such a great idea! By the way, on an earlier post you said about your hubby as he surprised you with the tree, "I've always found him especially attractive with a tool in hand." I loved the post and that little closing comment totally made me smile. After being married to the only guy I ever dated for almost 43 years, I must say, as I watch him work on the house while I type this, I have to agree with you. Have a blessed day. Hugs...

Tricia Lee Riggio December 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

I love that! I am workin on some decorative felt ideas too!

A Serenade for Solitude December 11, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

Tams- you are such a sweet sis. Love you dearly.

Rachel- Welcome! Make yourself at home! :)

Stitched with Prayer-please find the email that I sent are very kind.

Trish- Can't wait to see your creations!

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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