May 25, 2011

How to make patriotic garland

It's so fun to decorate for the holidays...
but I don't love to spend the money!
What I do love is creating decorations using materials I already have on hand! Since I'm a scrapbooker from way back when, I have plenty of red and blue paper scrapbook paper on hand.

Here's a tutorial on how to make a patriotic garland perfect for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I used standard 12 inch by 12 inch scrapbook paper...various patterns of reds and blue. For the white paper, I had to be a little more creative and used plain white printer paper. I created simple designs with red and blue crayons.

Materials needed: decorative paper, scissors, clear tape, stapler and string

After cutting 12 x 12 paper in half, I cut about 1 inch off the top of each half leaving 2 pieces of paper approx. the size of 11 x 6. You can make 2 stars from this.

Position patterned side of paper facing toward your right hand when cutting angle 1 inch down from top, cutting up to the top left corner. Depending which way you have the folds facing when you cut will determine the shape of the star. You can do it either way. But be consistent with all the stars. After you cut one end, turn the other end upright and do the same thing.

This gummy blue stuff that you use to hang posters on a wall works perfect for surfaces like brick. Make sure you remove any dust on the surface or the gummy blue stuff won't stick.

I am so delighted how this turned out!! It is perfect for my Memorial Day picnic and Blue Ribbon pie competition I am hosting at my house this Saturday. It just adds that finishing touch to my mantel.

Out takes:

As I was hanging up the garland on the mantel, one of our hens flew up and perched on the window sill outside. It scared me half to death because there's not much room for her to perch and she was flapping her wings and scratching and trying to clutch the window sill. It was pretty comical. She finally got a good hold and stayed there for a while. I chickens are the NOSIEST things ever! They make me laugh!


  1. Great tutorial and such a pretty garland. You are so crafty Bonnie. Butchering chickens one day and making party favors the next. You can bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan. :)

  2. That garland is REALLY cute!! I can't wait to hear more about this blue ribbon pie contest you are hosting. .sounds like something that I would love!!

  3. Oh yes...I can't wait for Saturday for my memorial day picnic and blue ribbon pie contest!! I will definitely take lots of photos and let you all know how it went down. I plan showing each pie with the recipes all listed on their own page that you can click on. I will have a link. I honestly cannot wait to sample all of these pies!! So far I have six people confirmed to compete!

  4. A pie contest sounds wonderful. I will be watching for that blog. The garland will add a festive touch. I love the chicken in the window photo. Silly bird. Have fun with your guests over Memorial Day.

  5. This is so cute and perfect for the upcoming holiday! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Bonnie I love your garland. To late for Memorial Day so I'll use it for 4th of July. Thanks for sharing. By the way how did the pie contest turn out? I'm sure you were the best!