Do you love Christmas crafts as much as I do!? It seems that no matter how many I make, the following year I want to make more! Creating holiday crafts is one of my favorite holiday traditions and stringing together a fun garland is a fun way to add to the seasonal decor. In years past, I have made other festive garlands. I think this year’s is my all time favorite.
You know it is no secret that I love wood projects, and I am cheap. Last week, I showed you a scrap wood project as a gift topper. This week we are using scrap pieces of wood to make a festive garland. I save all my scrap little pieces from signs and projects for my kids to build and play around with. One day, I saw that the bucket was getting full and inspiration struck.
How pretty are those colors all mixed up together!? I decided to drill a small hole in the center of each piece. This would allow me to later thread wire through to create a garland.
Once I had a big pile of scrapwood drilled and ready to go, I attached one to the end of a strong wire to tie off the end of my garland. I then asked for little hands to thread the pieces on. My Jeremiah helped me. I wanted the pieces to be random without any order of size or color. Having a child help with this creative step is fun.
We quickly realized that having all the pieces stacked neatly on top of one another was using up a lot of wood and our garland was getting heavy QUICKLY! We stopped. We took everything off and threaded our wire through a needle and then strung 1″ felt balls after every few pieces of wood. This really helped the wood pieces separate, give another texture, and help lighten the weight of the garland.
I LOVE how it came out. I immediately started sending pictures to friends who I know also have lots of scrap wood. It’s just too fun not to share.
A couple tips if you do this project,
- Use strong wire. Your garland does get heavy.
- Don’t hang your garland somewhere where it will get messed with a lot. There are rough edges to the unsanded pieces. Again, it can get heavy. Less moving and messing with it will help keep the garland from breaking.
We didn’t even have our tree decorated yet, and I was hanging my garland up and snapping pictures. Making something you are proud of is a crafter’s highlight. What do you think!? What colors would you hope your garland would be? We are decorating our house with more bright colors this year than in years past.
If you do this project, we would love to see it! Share it on social media using #spoonfulproject so we can all enjoy your creation.
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