I love all types of garlands. Not just Christmas ones that you hang over your front staircase, but kitschy ones that can play up any room. I had some left over paint samples from a bedroom we were recently deciding on, and decided to put them to good use.
- One, two, or three strips of paint samples (Depending on how long you want your garland to be.)
- A sewing machine
- A heart shaped (or any other shaped) item, small enough to trace onto a paint chip
- A pen or pencil
Once you have your stencil, whether it is an item or something created like mine, cut out the individual paint chips you will use for the garland if they are in a strip, like above. (see upper left). Once all the chips are alone, take your stencil and trace your heart or other shape onto THE BACKSIDE of each chip. You need to do it on the back so that there will be no remnants of the pen or pencil marking.
After all the chips have the heart on the back, cut them out one by one. Yes, it is a very daunting process, but it isn't that time consuming. When all the colorful hearts are cut out in whatever color order you would like, I did ombre, take your sewing machine and place the first heart right on the spot to start sewing, just as if you were stitching fabric. (You can hand sew it, but I'm not sure how well it will work, as I haven't tried it out yet...) Sew across that heart, and be sure not to go to fast or you will not be able to attach the next heart. Once the feed dogs feed the heart to the edge of the needle, stop sewing and add the second heart. Keep repeating this process until you reach a desired length or, you know, run out of hearts.
I hope you enjoy you heart garland as much as I do! And in honor of Christmas coming up, you can also do this with little Christmas trees, or eggs for Easter.... BE CREATIVE!