My mom, sister and myself always push all the chips to the middle when we throw a shindig. We work for days on DIY projects, slaving away for a small party. Wedding time, I can't even explain the madness. Also, both of our weddings were pre-pinterest era. I know. Was there ever even a time? How did we survive as women without it? That blessed internet machine came around at the very end of my wedding endeavors. For that, I'm thankful. Less ideas, less money.
I've prefaced for this reason: I haven't helped throw a party, finagled a paper lantern or designed a sign in quite some time. I guess I've missed making my fingers bleed.
Really though, I've always wanted to pull those creatives into my home. I neglect it because I think "this isn't the home I want to decorate". So I wait for our next move and live in blah beige for the remaining time.
No more Mrs. Beige!
I'm starting small. I've recently purchased new bedding for our guest bedroom. I went to Target,
Starting with a garland. Photos will be below!
- All of these products cost me $11. The star cutter was $7 at Michael's and the twine, patterned paper & push pins were $4 at Target.
- I swung by Home Depot and picked out swatches that would compliment the patterned paper. Be sure to grab enough for you will need to double up the stars. Though this is a great way to have a variety of colors, the backs are white.
- I laid my stars in the order I wanted to string them. This kept me from repeating colors and helped maintain the pattern between my different sized stars.
- Twine does not fit through a needle so that was out of my options. Using a hole puncher made way too big holes in my teeny tiny stars. I had to resort to making holes with this needle with a fat bottom. This took quite some time. I recommend bigger designs and using a hole puncher.
- Hold the stars in place, colors facing out on each side, and cut holes however works best.
- To keep the twine from fraying, I rolled tape around the end and cut the sides to shape it to a point. This made threading through the stars very easy.
- String away!
I made two garlands! One is about 6 yards long and the other is near 8 yards long. I didn't measure, I'm just guessing from what's still left on the 10 yard spindles. Together they took me about eight hours to make. If I had a hole puncher and if my stars were colored on both sides, I'm sure that time would be cut in half! You live and you learn, but I don't regret that pretty, free paper. Be sure to save your leftover cutouts!
I had fun making this! It's helped keep me company while Jareb has been working for Easter. It's also helped my guest bedroom not to look so bare. Even though we will be moving soon, it'll be nice to have all these things instead of worry about them then. There's nothing like putting your things up when you move and it finally starts to feel like home again. Hopefully these stars will have a nice place to hang at our next stop!
Thanks for learning with me. Try one out and send me the photos! I would be glad to see what some of you could add to it.
Also, my friend is starting an Etsy shop! She will be making darling crochet accessories along with all sorts of goodies. Here's a photo of one of the crochet bobby's she made! Follow her on Instagram here.