Garland in a Flash!

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

Don’t you just love garlands? Here’s one I put together in about fifteen minutes today. It’s only about four feet long, so I’m thinking an eight-footer would take about twice that, and if you had an hour…

Here’s what you’ll need:

Your first step is to cut circles from the sheet music, using whatever scissors you’d like. They should be about 3″ in diameter, but don’t worry about measuring, or drawing them perfectly. Small imperfections will add a homey, old-fashioned touch. Since there’ll be about four circles per foot, just multiply the length garland you’d like by four to get the number of circles you need.

Now cut the same number of circles from the patterned paper, but make them smaller, about two inches in diameter.

Third step is to cut circles from the fabric scraps, about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. You can make them all the same fabric, or use a variety, your choice.

Next, lay the music paper circles out on a flat surface and stack a circle of patterned paper and one of fabric atop each. I suggest this because if you’re cutting freehand, some circles will “fit” together better than others.

Stack your circle stacks up, carry them to the sewing machine, and sew them all together in a line. Don’t break the thread between stacks, and again, don’t worry about precision. Random is good!

You are finished! Go hang up your garland!

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

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