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
- Two pieces of heavy cardstock 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 cardstock
- Craft punches - I used a 3-inch scalloped circle and a 2 ¼-inch circle punch.
- Permanent craft adhesive tape or glue dots (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
- 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 so that they are double-sided)
- 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.
- While I was adhering colored circles to white flowers, Joe and Grace "practiced" making circles and flowers with my punches.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (Almost) instant cure for the late winter blahs!
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.