04 December 2013

A Pinterest Christmas: Felt Ball Garland

It's time for another year of A Pinterest Christmas, where a few fellow bloggers and I post our favorite DIY projects based upon pins we've collected throughout the year(s). We're in no way associated with Pinterest other than using it as a source of inspiration...a bit of Pinspiration, if you will.

Now, if you're not already sitting, you might want to have a seat because I have a lot of Christmas projects to send your way this year.

To kick off the season, I want to share a couple of felt ball garlands that I made based upon this pin:

Pin. Original Source.
This is a suuuuuuper simple project that requires felt balls, some string (I used a soft bamboo string, but any sort of string or even embroidery floss should work), and a needle with an eye big enough for the string you've chosen. You could make your own felt balls, or you could cheat. I ordered my balls from Ornamentea in October and received amazing service and good prices (ordered Sunday night and received on Tuesday with free shipping and a BOGO special).

Here's my tip of the day: if you leave space between your felt balls, do not do this project in advance of hanging your garland. You see, I originally made about 30 feet worth of garland leaving 3-4 inches between each ball. When I went to deck the tree with my garland, I had this mess:

So, I cut the tangled strings and started from scratch, putting the balls right next to each other on the new garland. Even with all that drama, I have less than an hour in this project all together. I'm already itching to buy more felt balls to double our garland for next year.

Without further ado, I give you our 2013 Christmas tree, day and night:

The lower quadrant of the tree is decorated with toddler-safe ornaments, which get ripped from the branches as often as Madeleine enters the room. My "gently touch with one finger" rule has been a raging failure to say the least.

Before the great tangle disaster of 2013, I used some "extra" felt balls to make a garland to drape over a canvas that hangs above the fireplace. This canvas was used to stage our old house, then covered with a shower curtain last Christmas, and now (three coats of spray paint and a few painted letters later) carries this happy little Christmas lyric into our house.

Be sure to check out Kendra's take on felt garlands as well! And what about you? What are you wrapping around your tree this year?

Are you ready for more Christmas projects? Check out the rest of the Pinterest Christmas gang throughout the month of December:

Misha: Emerald City Diaries
Maggi: Greg, Maggi, and Rodney
Abbi: The Pena Family
Kendra: The Gilbertson Family

Want to see the rest of this year's projects?
Tiny bell Christmas tree
Painted pinecones
Felt toddler Christmas tree
Simple and cozy Christmas decorations
Wine cork tree and wreath
Glitter reindeer silhouette
Christmas table runners
Linen stockings

1 comment:

Janie said...

Even I want to squeeze these. How cute!