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Jun 26, 2014

DIY Rag Garland


i originally made this garland to use as a decor piece for jen's bridal shower last november.  after the shower, i brought it home and it sat in a paper bag for probably months until i finally figured out a good use for it in my room.

i don't have a headboard above my bed, and the wall had just been looking so empty, so i decided it was the perfect place to hang my little garland!

here's how you make it:

what you need:
a long piece of string
a few yards of different fabrics (or some old t-shirts or sheets!)
scissors
a few nails & a hammer (for hanging)

what to do:
1.  cut your fabric into strips about 1" wide x 20" long  (you need more than you think!)

2.  cut a string as long as you want your garland to be, plus a little extra for tying it up

3.  simply tie your fabric strips one-by-one onto your string.  i didn't create any sort of pattern (but you could!), i just varied the order of the strips i used.  i had four different colors to work with, but you could use as many as you want!

4.  push the fabric knots (that are on the string) close together so that they bunch up and gather and you don't see your string.

5.  once you've used all of your fabric pieces, space everything out so it looks even and then hang it somewhere!  this is great to hang on the front of a table or, like i've done, on a wall by just adding a few nails and tying it up.  or, you could make a few and use them as a photobooth backdrop!

this project is super simple, but it is somewhat time consuming!  give yourself an hour or two...cutting all of those strips and then tying them takes time!  (however, it's definitely one of those mindless activities that you can do while watching a movie!)

45 comments:

  1. pretty! i like it!
    it also has a fourth of july look to it!

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  2. Such creativity. I never would have thought of that or that it would be something that would look good.

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  3. Looove this! I did one a few weeks ago. They are so much fun! Yours is so pretty!

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  4. I love the fabrics you used! Very pretty. :)

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  5. Fun! Great use of extra/scrap fabric

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  6. Deidre || Love, The SkinnysJune 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I made one of these recently but added poms in the mix. It was a disaster... whoops :)

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  7. that looks lovely! and simple enough for even me to make! i don't do much hosting for parties.. but i will def pass this along to friends who do!

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  8. That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing :). What a simple but effective idea!

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  9. It's so cool and hangs nicely, easy to make too x

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  10. thanks! it was a cinch to make and adds a little fun touch to the wall!

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  11. haha totally! it's not only good for party decor, but a simple and cheap home decor piece as well!

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  12. yes! though you'd really need to have a lot of scrap! haha...but i think this cost me less than like $8 to make, so either way, it's a cheap little project!

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  13. really? aren't they just a great little decor piece? i really want to make another one in a different color scheme i think, just to switch it up!

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  14. yes! i hadn't thought about that before but you're totally right!!

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  15. I love making these garlands. I make holiday ones for easy decorations in the house!

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  16. This is cute! I'm going to have to make some of these to go in my new house!

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  17. These are my favorite to make because they're so easy, pack a big punch, and I'm such a fabric hoarder! Your color combo is beautiful!

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  18. This looks amazing! I just pinned it :)

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  19. How cool! Pinned to make later!

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  20. This is super cute! I have done one of these and I love them!

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  21. Definitely going to to have to try this! Thanks for the instructions!

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  22. My sister-in-law sells these on Etsy! So cute!

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  23. oh I LOVE these!!! Super cute and I bet that makes a perfect replacement for a headboard!

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  24. oooh....SUCH a good idea! they're so easy to make that you can totally change them out for the season!

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  25. thanks amberly! they're so easy and such a cute touch!

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  26. right?! they're such a great little finishing touch!

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