watercolor garland

watercolor garland

Gooood morning! Excited to share a little DIY project with you. Even if you have no experience water coloring, it's pretty hard to mess up and the end result looks impressive.  If you're in need of a little spring cheer or you have a party coming up this garland is a fun project. I used it for Valentine's Day festivities as well as a baby shower and now it's brightening up a little corner of my house.

The color combo options are endless, and depending on what you're going for more subtle washed out colors or vibrant hues would look equally exciting!

First things first.

MATERIALS.

  • watercolor paper or heavy white cardstock
  • watercolor paints
  • paintbrush
  • a cup or circular object for measuring circles
  • scissors
  • thread
  • sewing machine

INSTRUCTIONS

Start out by just going to town with your watercolors. Play with color combinations, shades, techniques. Once you figure out your colors, on each piece of paper cover it entirely in various patterns. For most of mine I pretty much just doodled away and didn't focus too much on making things look perfect since you cut them up anyway. For two large garlands I used around 10 pieces of paper that had been watercolored.

Once your paintings are dry, use a cup or a bowl as an outline for your circles. I used a wide-mouth cup for mine but larger or smaller circles would work as well. At this point if you used card stock instead of watercolor paper you are going to need to flatten out your circles. Stack them under some heavy books overnight to get rid of the wave.

After your circles are totally flat, cut them in half. This gives lots of extra distance and makes a fun scalloped look. By all means leave them in circles, cut into triangles, so many ways to play around with these. 

When all your shapes are ready start feeding them through your sewing machine one by one leaving a slight gap between them. And there you have it, a perfectly pretty watercolor garland!

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