Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How To Make Christmas Tree Arrow Garland

Hey guys! Back today with a (late) post about how I made the Arrow garland that is on my Christmas tree. 

58763511-BB15-46DF-8673-402EE052965A-14415-00000FA5B1C68BE0

That's my tree! I was inspired by this garland that you can buy at West Elm.  The price isn't bad, but I saw it in-store, and they're pretty short, so I knew I'd have to buy at least 4 of them. Plus, the colors are a little "Valentines Day" to me. Naturally, I decided to make my own :) 

I bought 3 sheets of fun cardstock paper at Michael's. I bought a mint green, neon pink, and a multi-color glitter paper. I bought two sheets of each color, but I think I ended up only using one page of each. 

Here are the other supplies you'll need:

hot glue gun/sticks
thin string - I used embroidery thread (I knew it didn't need to be stiff, so that I could drape it on the tree)
scissors
patience

:)

Anyway, I started out by cutting my paper into thin stripes - about 2" across:

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

then, I cut them into little triangles. You don't have to be perfect with your cutting and measurements, but precision is kind of key, or your triangles won't line up.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

I found making little piles of each color was the easiest thing to do. This project is definitely a little time-consuming, and you have to be patient. I was in the mood for crafting, since it hasn't been happening in my life very much lately! too busy. 

Anyway, the rest is pretty obvious.. I took a triangle, placed a dot of hot glue on it, then the string, and then placed a matching triangle on top. done! and do it over, and over, and over, and over. forever and ever. I ended up making about 4 long (longer than the West Elm ones) strands.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

049C0B10-E7A4-4003-8740-7DD1239F4799-14415-00000FA5A0D49346-1

43A61787-2A72-46ED-B0DC-368ABA03D4C2-14415-00000FA5AC6B00DD

There are tons of options for colors and patterns, so have fun with it! The great thing about making it yourself, is that you can customize.

By the way, I pinned this project, along with my project from yesterday. I'm not sure if you guys knew or not, but I do have a pinterest account that you are welcome to follow, if you are inclined!

4 comments:

  1. Your tree is so cute!

    I have a blank slate with mine right now (its up, but no lights or ornaments). Can't wait to get to decorating...yours looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  2. thanks so much, caroline! a blank slate tree sounds toooo fun (maybe im too much of a decorating dork?! hah).

    ReplyDelete
  3. OH my gosh I love this! I bought some felt to make a garland, and haven't started yet...I've seen so many different types and this one is one of my favorites now! SO cute! Love your blog! Be sure to visit mine today, as I'm hosting a $150 gift card giveaway to Gilded Mint - amazing abstract art featured on One Kings Lane! :)

    xo,
    Brooke
    www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love it! Problem is, I'm kind of always lacking enough patience to get through a full project, so I'll have to admire and be envious of your adorable garland. :)

    ReplyDelete