Yesterday in Melbourne it was hot and sticky. A perfect day for staying inside and making a quick Christmas garland. We certainly won’t be having real snowflakes here for Christmas so I thought the doily shapes I cut out were a good alternative. I love red and white for Christmas, it’s just so festive. Here’s how I made it if you want to make one too!
You will need:
Old buttons (with reasonably large holes)
An old doily or scraps from one
A few old book or music pages
Embroidery thread, wool or string
A large needle with a big eye
First of all cut star shapes from an old book or music pages (mine came from a Mills and Boon book “Outlaw Heart”), not Christmassy but something I didn’t mind chopping up!
Next gather buttons of different sizes but make sure they have big holes so you can thread them easily.
Cut up an old doily (this is a good way to use up a stained one).
Choose your thread for stringing (initially I was going to use Jute or kitchen twine, but my needle eye was too small so I chose red embroidery thread).
Cut your thread longer than you want your finished garland to be so you can tie a knot at one end and/or make loops to hang it by.
Lay out your buttons, paper stars and doily snowflakes in a row until you are pleased with your design and then tie a knot or loop at one end.
Simply thread through buttons, and stitch through doily and star pieces with a little space in between each one. Tie a knot at the end and make a loop if you want one.
Hang up and enjoy your up cycled Christmas Garland!