Decorate for Spring with a Homemade Flower Garland

my homemade flower garland is all done

I’ve had enough snow for 2010, thankyouverymuch.

It’s March. March means spring flowers, spring colors, spring weather.

I’m ready for Easter eggs and Easter bunnies and Easter grass.

I am pretending that it’s spring, even if the weather isn’t cooperating.

We’re expecting more snow this week.

I am celebrating pretending it’s spring with a with a homemade flower garland. I made it myself with minimal time and no expense whatsoever. I hung it in my big front window so that I can look at it often.

Here’s what I did:

Homemade Flower Garland for Springtime Decorating

Materials

  • Materials for My Homemade Flower GardenTwo pieces of heavy card stock in each of four colors (I was going to use the green for leaves but decided against it at the last minute.)
  • Four pieces of heavy white card stock
  • Craft punches – I used a 2-inch scalloped circle and a 1 1/2-inch circle punch.
  • Permanent craft adhesive (Glue didn’t work nicely for this project. It warped the card stock.)
  • Monofilament or fishing line (not pictured) – I think this would be just as pretty with some metallic or plain white thread.
  • White ribbon for hanging the finished garlands

Instructions for my homemade flower garland

  1. First, punch out lots of circles. I decided to make 18 flowers in of each four colors. That meant I needed the following. It looks like a lot, but I cut them out while watching tv with Grace one snowy afternoon.
    • 36 blue circles
    • 36 pink circles
    • 36 yellow circles
    • 36 purple circles
    • 72 white flowers (not a typo – there are 2 colored circles on each 1 white flower)circles for my homemade flower garland are all cut out
  2. Next, I attached colored circles to all of the white flowers. I made 18 purple, 18 yellow, 18 blue, and 18 pink. In the photo above, I’ve already done the purple flowers.
    flower garland adhesive on circle
  3. While I was adhering colored circles to white flowers, Joe and Grace “practiced” making circles and flowers with my punches.
    flower garland helper
  4. I pulled about a foot of the fishing line I stole from Joe’s tackle box my monofilament off of the roll, and then started attaching flowers.
  5. Not wanting the flowers to form a specific pattern, I tossed all of the one-sided flowers into a ziploc bag and pulled out one at a time. I laid the flower face-down on the table, put adhesive on the back, and stuck the monofilament into the adhesive.
    flower garland adhere monofilament
  6. Next, I put more adhesive on a circle that matched the flower’s first side, and I glued the colored circle over top of the monofilament. I skipped enough space for one flower and attached the next. In the photo above, the flower on the right is not attached to the line; it’s just a placeholder so that my spacing was consistent.
  7. Almost done! I repeated the above process until I had 14 flowers on each line. I made 5 lines and had a couple of flowers left over.
  8. The last step is to tie everything together. I cut a piece of white ribbon that was about 3 feet long and folded it into four sections. I tied a line of flowers at each fold (using the long tail I left in step 4 above) and then tied the white ribbon onto the curtain rod in our living room.
  9. (Almost) instant cure for the late winter blahs!

my flower garland hanging up in the living room

Are you thinking about St. Patrick’s Day?

Wouldn’t this be cute if you had dark green paper and a 4-leaf clover punch? You could skip the colored circles and just do shamrocks on the lines.

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Comments

  1. Blessedwithgrace says

    Very cute idea, Tara. Good job! I love how Grace and Joe helped, as well. You do need something “spring-like” at your home. I cannot believe how much snow you have had. Hang on, spring will be here soon.

  2. creativejewishmom says

    Love it! Please come link up at my new blog party too! @creativejewishmom.com every Sunday but open until Tuesday night. hope to see you there!

  3. says

    Very cute… We still have about 3 feet of snow in the back yard too and probably will get more before March is done… ahhhh the Great White North, that is Minnesota! But I am looking forward to spring and this is just too cute! : )

  4. says

    I'm ready spring as well.. This turned out nice.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party!

  5. says

    Wow–what a cute and fun family project.

    I am letting everyone know–if you haven't signed up at the new blog, you need to RE-Sign up. Google doesn't let you take your followers with you. If you have already done so –sorry for mentioning it. I am going back and forth between the old and new blog plus my old and new e-mail and I can't keep it all straight. I am hoping to have the old blog finished up (moving everything) and closed down this week.

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  6. PierreLavoisier says

    Your project is awesome, but what you say if I recommended you to use real flowers instead of paper and plastic. Wouldn't that just turn into a superb project?

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