I was recently inspired by a rather cute little product spotted on the lovely Rainbeaubelle blog, which was a circle bunting garland made from coloured and glitter card. It would be perfect to hang up for a birthday party or simply to add a bit of pizazz to an otherwise bare space of wall in the home.
As Julia suggests on her blog, it costs around £13 per garland, however it could be quickly and pretty easily made at home, too. This got me thinking, until one day recently, when I was shopping in my local Sainsbury’s store and found myself dandering down the stationery aisle (is it just me?!), I came across some little gift tags that I thought would make for the sweetest circle garland!
I immediately got to work with a selection of the gift tags, a few rolls of washi tape and a length of string. Find out how I did it here…
For this you will need just half an hour of your time plus:
// A selection of round gift tags (I bought mine in Sainsbury’s – loving their stationery at the mo)
// Washi tape (again, Sainsbury’s)
// Length of string or twine
// 1 // If necessary, remove any existing string ties from the circle gift tags
// 2 // Using the washi tape, decorate a few of the circles in whatever way you wish. I chose washi tape in coordinating colours to the tags, but you can clash it up a little more if you prefer! Monochrome tags can look good interspersed with pretty pastels and metallics, too.
I had more pink tags than any other colour, so I broke the pink up a little with a glittery gold and a multi-coloured floral washi tape.
// 3 // Arrange the circles in the order you’d like them to be on the final garland
// 4 // Pull out a length of string or twine to the approximate length you’d like the garland to be (obviously this depends on how many circles you have, but I allowed about 1.5m string for 11 circles). Make sure you leave enough string at either end for tying a knot and loop for hanging.
// 5 // Tie a small knot on the end of the string (this is to prevent fraying as you thread the circles on).
// 6 // Thread each circle onto the string by gently pushing the knotted end of the string through the gift tag hole from the back to the front, then loop it over the top and back through to the front a second time. This ensures that the circles won’t slip down the string when the garland is hanging up. Check that the string-end leaves the hole ‘under’ the loop as shown below. This will allow the circles to lie flat.
(If you wish, you could punch a second hole into the circles at stage 1, thus threading the string through both holes from back to front and through to the back again – you would need to make sure the second hole is not too big so it looks okay! My hole punch was too big to do this neatly).
// 7 // Continue until all the circles have been loosely threaded on, then *very* gently edge them along the length of string until you are happy with their spacing. Be careful not to tear the delicate holes! I carefully pushed them along by loosening the top loops and pulling the string from behind or in front, depending on the direction they needed pushed.
// 8 // Finally, tie the ends into little loop knots and hang up your new circle garland on a wall of your choice! It also looks good along the bottom of a shelf or you could make several garlands and hang them vertically for a pretty effect.
A perfect little project to brighten up your home on a rainy day!
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