December 3, 2012

[Semi-Homemade] Felt Snowflake Garland


Have you seen the felt snowflake ornaments for sale at Target this year?

I wasn't planing on making a Christmas garland, but after finding these adorable felt snowflakes, I couldn't resist. The sturdiness of these 3mm thick felt snowflakes - along with the cozy colors and varying flake shapes - really caught my eye. But it was the $1 price tag which impressed me most.

Sure, I could probably make my own felt snowflakes. But the time and effort that would take? And during the busy holiday season? Sometimes complete DIY just isn't worth it.

I began my project right there in the middle of Target, spacing snowflakes on the floor, guesstimating my mantel length and arranging the felt flakes to my liking. Fortunately, there was hardly anyone else shopping at that time because my brainstorming spread rendered that aisle impassible.


Once home, I used measuring tape and a calculator to determine how far apart each snowflake should lie and tied marker knots at the appropriate distances. (My ornaments are spaced 15" apart). Raffia bows were the final touch.

I love the way this garland stylistically ties together the other elements of my mantel - the twiggy reindeer, the vintage cross stiched artwork made decades ago by my grandmother, and the Norweigan heritage wreath (which I'll write about later) seem unified by the cozy cabin feel of the felt garland.

What do you think? What are your favorite retail items for semi-homemade projects?


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What do you think? What are your favorite retail items for semi-homemade projects?

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8 comments:

  1. This garland is great! Easy to make and beautiful to look at! I'm hosting a homemade holiday party with prizes and I think this would be a great project to link up. I'd love for you to stop by.

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/12/homemade-holiday-party.html

    You can link up until 11:59 pm tonight eastern time. Then, come back tomorrow and vote on your favorite links! Have a great evening!

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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  2. This is SUPER cute---I may have to head to Target now!!! LOVE it!!!

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  3. That garland turned out great. Glad those cute little snowflakes caught your attention because it looks so adorable hanging from your mantel.

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  4. YEA!!! I'm so glad you linked up this project on our homemade holiday party! Don't forget to come and cast your votes for your favorite 5 (and have your friends come out and vote for you too!)

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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  5. So simple and sweet. I love it! I also am loving your mantle! I wish I had a fireplace. They are so cozy in the winter. You have a quite the knack for decorating!

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  6. I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10-rural.html

    I hope you can make it!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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  7. This is such a great idea. I'm adding them to my buy list at Target tonight! Thanks for sharing such a clever, quick project! :)

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  8. Your mantle is beautiful! Great job! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html

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