We all love a great Christmas garland. And I was no different. I just desired to create something I hadn’t seen done before.
So when I created the twig garland, I knew I was onto something. It was so simple to make, and had the rustic quirky quality I gravitate towards.
Due to popular demand, I am sharing the tutorial with you today!
I created the garland for the Nov/Dec issue of FOLK. Editor Ben gave me his blessing to share the full meal deal with you. Told you they were great folks.
So… let’s make a twig garland!
string, scissors, sticks of uniform size, cutting device, patience
The garlands are easy to make, just a little time consuming. Flick on Netflix and you’ll forget what you’re doing.
1. Find your twigs of choice. I happened to land this bunch at a thrift store for $10. The uniform shape made them very easy to work with.
(lovely SHORT green lawn is courtesy of neighbour Janette… mine wasn’t mowed… I was too busy making a twig garland)
2. Decide how thick you’d like your garland to end up. Cut twigs to desired length.
(hand clippers would work, but a miter saw was FAST)
3. Measure your first piece of string at a generous 2 arms length.
(much longer would making tying knots more difficult.)
4. Finding the centre of the string, tie one twig tightly with one or two knots.
(You can also use hot glue once tied to ensure they stay put. I used single knots and no glue and with lots of handling, some sticks have fallen loose.)
5. Create a loop, slip a twig in place, and tighten string.
6. Continue adding twigs and knotting them tightly until you run out of string.
7. After accumulating several lengths, tie them together and trim string.
8. Decorate as desired!
They are VERY fun to play with!
If you make one, I’d LOVE it if you link it back to this tutorial and share it with me so I can brag about you.
Thank-you! And happy Netflixing to you!
Also linking to Centsational Girl’s Holiday Craft Link Party