A few weeks back, I found this Anthropologie felted bow garland and was instantly drawn to it.
The bright mix of colors was such an interesting and unexpected change from traditional holiday decorations. Unfortunately, as you can see, they were already sold out. So, of course, I had to make my own:
It turned out to be a super easy and inexpensive project (under $10). The best part is that the bright mixed colors are totally seasonless- this garland could easily be used year round for different events, or you could change the colors to make the garland specific to a certain holiday (like a mix of reds and pinks for Valentine's Day).
What you'll need:
- 9x12 Felt sheets in a variety of colors. I used 2 sheets each of mustard, bright yellow, hot pink, pink, red, lime, dark green, navy, light blue, teal, dark brow, black, and white
- Monofilament (fishing line) or white sewing thread
- Sewing needle
Cut the felt sheets longways into 1x12" strips and then again in half so you have 1x6" pieces.
Tie each strip into an overhand knot. The felt will automatically form this cute little bow shape:
Once you've tied all the bows, lay them out in a row so you can mix the colors before sewing them together. I wanted a more random look, so I just tried to make sure the colors were evenly distributed throughout the garland, but not in a set pattern.
Once you have all the bows placed, thread about an arms length of the monofilament onto your needle, but don't cut it from the spool just yet. Sew the bows together through the knot and periodically unwind more thread and push the bows down toward the spool. I found this was the best way to avoid any accidental knots, since you end up using such a long length of thread. Once all the bows are strung, tie a big knot on each end of the garland and cut from the spool. Give it a little shake and the bows will settle into place.
Finally, just use some clear packing tape to hang the garland and you're finished. Happy crafting!