I love to throw a good party, and I love to decorate for them even more.
But let’s get real here. Party decorations are pretty generic.
If you’ve seen them once, you’ve seen them all.
Instead of buying plain Jane garland for your next party, try out this fun and easy DIY Fabric Scrap Garland I made for my recent End Of Summer Party on Labor Day.
It’s fast, fun, and a great way to get rid of those fabric scraps you have leftover from previous projects.
I’m going to show how to turn leftover fabric scraps like this…
…into a budget-friendly (and possibly FREE) custom party decoration!
Here’s what you need:
Fabric scraps in 5-8 different patterns.
You can use leftover pieces you already own or you can buy inexpensive pieces in 1/4 yard sections. I really like these scrap kits because you have more a variety without having any leftover.
Sturdy string long enough hanging, plus a little extra for tying.
I used leftover string from my wedding reception, but you can use anything you have lying around the house. If you’re short on string at home, I really like this heavy duty baker’s twine and I always keep it on hand for projects.
Really good fabric scissors.
Trust me on this. If you don’t have really good fabric scissors, buy some. Without them, you’ll end up with horrible blisters from all the cutting. I use these awesome shears for projects like this and my diy felt letterboard to save myself the pain afterward.
Something to tie both ends of the string to while you make the garland.
I used an old chair and wall hook. You can use anything you can find.
Start by folding fabric in half and cutting into strips.
First, determine how long you want your fabric strips to be. I used strips a little over a foot and a half long, but they were folded in half, so each half was around 10 inches. This doesn’t have to be exact, just make sure your folded strips are whatever length you want them to be on both sides.
Cutting these strips takes a while, so this would be a good time to turn on a football game and enlist family members to help out.
Then set up a work space.
After all of your strips have been cut, measure out how long your string needs to be.
I was planning on making three separate garlands, so I just took the string outside with me and measured it out and cut it to size, leaving an additional foot on each side for tying around posts.
Then I brought the string pieces back inside and used a clothespin to tightly secure them to my anchors.
Anakin thought this was a fun new toy for him, so he was quickly banished from the project area.
Now start loosely tying them on.
Just take your strips, unfold them, tie them onto the string (using your fold as the midpoint) in a LOOSE knot letting both sides hang down.
The reason for tying them loosely is so they can be slid along the string to adjust spacing after you’ve filled it all up.
Once you’ve added all the strips you want and have adjusted the spacing, then you can go back through and pull the knots tightly to secure them.
That’s it! You can trim up the edges if you want, but I liked the rawness of the frayed edges.
It seemed very organic and looked so natural as it moved in the wind.
If you’re making these ahead of time, be extra careful when storing it, because it can get tangled really easily.
And hide them from curious kitties, because obviously they love this garland even more than I do.
This is definitely one of the cheapest and easiest party crafts I’ve ever done, and I was so in love with the way it turned out.
I plan on heading to the fabric store ASAP and looking for fun fall and winter patterns to make more of them.
If you have a party coming up soon, or just want to make some fun holiday decorations, I hope you’ll give this garland a shot. And if you do, head back here and leave a comment letting you know what color and pattern combos you used. I can’t wait to hear about all the awesome things y’all come up with!
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