Wednesday, October 2, 2013

TNO's Tips & Tricks Holiday Special - DIY Fall Burlap Garland

Since the weather is getting cooler and I've been hitting up the apple cider more than I probably should be recently, I thought I'd interrupt our regularly scheduled Tips & Tricks programming with a little holiday special:
Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner

I've really wanted to get back into decorating seasonally for a while, but now that Little Man is old enough to recognize the turning of the seasons - I've vowed to start amping up my game.  I always remember my parents pulling out boxes of seasonal decor each year and how fun it was to help them decorate, and I'd love to do the same with our kids.  I think I came up with something pretty fun, and I'll show you all how I did it below.

Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner, chalkboard frame

But let's do this on the cheap, shall we?

This project is super easy, friends.  I promise.  If we don't count the time I spent in travel to/from and while at the store, it took just about 15 minutes to complete - and that was while entertaining a nine month old and a two and a half year old who decided at that moment it'd be great to pull every book off of our bookshelf and need just one page from each read to them.

Annnnyway.

After hitting up our local crafting store, I was able to find the supplies I needed fairly quickly.  I'd been looking in the fall section for rolls of burlap, but ended up having to hit up the Christmas section as fall was out.  Either way, the burlap is the exact same no matter what season it's marketed for - and I was able to get all of my items at 40% off that day.

Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner

As mentioned, the rolls of burlap were 40% off, and I purchased four.  So my total for the burlap was just under $12 before tax.  I hoard twine and use it for basically everything around our house, but if you needed to buy new I believe the twine in the store was just under two dollars a roll.

If you have a smaller fireplace or like your garland a little less bulky, you could probably get away with as little as two rolls.  I initially had only two rolls strung, but then went back and added a third, and then went back again and added a fourth just because I wanted it really thick and fluffy looking.

After unrolling my packaged burlap, I then took the end of my twine and wrapped a piece of tape around the edge of the strand.  This keeps the ends of the strand together and almost makes your twine like a needle, so you can move it through the holes in the burlap easily.

Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner

If you can see in the picture above, I weaved the twine in and out of the burlap every so often.  If you want a thinner weave, don't leave so much space between your passes through the burlap, but I liked the bulky look so I spaced my passes further out.

When you're finished {about five minutes later}, pull your string tight and you'll end up with something looking like this:

Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner
One roll of burlap only in this picture - it was tough to get a good photo of all four rolls.
Next step is to string it up.  I personally have installed two hooks on the walls adjacent to my fireplace specifically for banners and garlands due to hanging so many things for parties and seasons.  You could try taping this up, but you may have to decrease the number of rolls you use so that the weight of the garland doesn't cause the tape to fail and your garland to fall down.

Once the garland was up, I took a few minutes adjusting the folds of the burlap, turning the fabric around, twisting in some areas, stepping back to look, and repeating the process all over again.

But I'm kind of OCD.  You could probably just hang and walk away and it'd still look great.

As a quick added bonus, I strung up a few stenciled burlap triangles.  Those cost around $2 for a pack of four with the discount I received as well.  Here's a look at that project in process:

Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner

So for a quick few dollars and a seriously short amount of time, you're left with an awesome fall decoration that can be used for years to come.  I absolutely love the look of it.

Fall fireplace, fall decor, burlap garland, burlap bunting, burlap banner

What do you think?

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