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!
Vintage buttons and doily pieces
Don’t look too closely at the text!!!
Red vintage buttons
Light up your Christmas