March 25, 2014

Build it! Display Stands for Miniature Garland and Buntings Tutorial

I think miniature garlands are just the cutest things ever. And they're so simple to make. Pretty much everyone can sew a few paper circles together (or glue tiny burlap flags) to create instant decor for pretty much any occasion. It's cheap and easy. My two favorite adjectives.

However, I sometimes struggled to find places in my home for displaying those tiny little buntings.

I've seen plenty of images online of perfectly styled mantels with miniature garland draped along old window panes, shutters, and even giant chalkboards. And it all looks beautiful. But without those vintage decor elements, finding a spot to display miniature garlands in my home was difficult. Thus, although I love them, I rarely decorated with them.

Until the day I saw THIS brilliant idea at Find It, Make It, Love It. I absolutely loved it. And I had to have it. But I don't live in Utah, and the supply store mentioned doesn't ship.

So........ I crafted my own version, DIY style. Here's what I came up with.

Project Estimates
Total cost: Under $10
Total time: Less than an hour

Supply List  (all items found at a hardware store)
(1)  1- 1/4 x 48" Poplar Dowel
(1) Wood Closet Rod Socket set
(2) Wooden Finials in the same diameter as your dowel (marketed as furniture legs)
***Verify that all items are the same diameter, and will fit together

You will also need to use a saw, drill, screws, and paint.

Step 1: Determine how tall you would like your display stands. Keep in mind that the taller you make it, the less sturdy it will be.
Step 2: Cut two pieces of equal length from your dowel rod.

Step 3: Drill guide hole for screwing on the finial top. Attach finial.

Step 4: Attach the closet rod socket to the base with a drill and screw. You may need to use a countersink drill bit first to ensure the head of your screw will lie flush  - we don't want our display stand to wobble!

Step 5: Paint or stain

Step 6: Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. This is really CUTE!! I love the heart garland. I like anything miniature, so I agree that garland is really great...