Posts Tagged ‘Garland’

{DIY} How to Make a Cute Animal Garland


Laurel Stavros from A Bubbly Life, was inspired by this post on Curbly to use little plastic animals to make a garland for a jungle baby shower she threw.  How clever an idea!!

Here's how she did it...


  • Plastic animals
  • Small screw eyelets
  • Drill
  • Spray Paint
  • Thin 26 gauge wire for hanging


First, Laurel used a power drill (an exciting moment in her life!) to drill a hole in the middle of the animal, then screwed in an eyelet.


Next she spray painted her animals, two coats or more were needed.

To hang the garland, she used thin wire so that the animals would stay in place.

And look how great it turned out!


And here's the garland in action at the baby shower she threw!


Thank you, Laurel for letting me share your ingenious idea and adorable garland!

To learn more about Laurel and read about all her crafty mommy adventures, head to her blog, A Bubbly Life.





{DIY} How to Make a Needle Felt Heart Garland

I've been dying to try needle felting. I just saw this needle needle felt heart tutorial from My Poppet and had to share. I'm going to make this for my daughter's room. I think it will look lovely! It might be my project for the long weekend.

To see the whole tutorial, head here to My Poppet.

Need a Super Easy July 4th Centerpiece?

Well, I just made this one in about ten minutes with some free printables from the HP Summer Celebration newsletter. I love these mini paper flags. I can think of so many uses for them.

I also made this cool retro garland. It makes me think of an old-fashioned couty fair.

And finally, I printed out this mad-libs-type sheet about July 4th for my daughter to fill out with her friends, great for a quick family-friendly party activity.

The HP Summer Celebration newsletter has tons of great summer entertaining ideas, free printables, recipes, crafts, and photo tips. It's definitely worth a look!

DIY -- How to Make a Hanging Easter Garland

Here's a great DIY! Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed these beautiful "bunnies and birds" Easter printables. Then she turned her banner into a beautiful hanging garland. Take a look at how she did it...


  1. Banner template you can download here
  2. Twine
  3. Hot glue / gun
  4. Plastic eggs (approximately 24 units)
  5. Ribbo;
  6. Wire or any kind of stems
  7. Small screw driver (to make holes on the eggs) and lighter
  8. Spray adhesive


  •  Print out two copies of the Easter banner and cut it out

  • If your eggs don't have holes in them, heat a screw driver and make a hole in the bottom and another in the top of each egg
  • Attach the twine to the wire (I didn't have a wire, so I used a Chenille stem) using a little bit of hot glue. This will make the "sewing" easy.
  • For the word "Happy" cut approximately 60" of twine. Starting  from the top, pass the twine through the first egg and make a knot very close to the top of the egg so the egg won't slip
  • Glue the twine to the middle of the H letter (make sure the letter it's not upside down)
  • Apply spray adhesive to the other H letter and stick them both together
  • Add another egg to the garland, then glue the next letter


  • Repeat these steps until you are done.
  • To finish, use 2 eggs on the bottom to make the garland heavier. You can also alternate the letters using ribbons instead of eggs.
  • For the word "Easter" use approximately 70" of twine
  • For the "Bunny/Bird" garlands, use 42"-48" of twine
Thank you Wanessa, what a great new way to make a banner! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

FREE Easter Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

I want to introduce our first official contributor to the Catch My Party blog... Wanessa of Wanessa Carolina Creations! Wanessa is such a creative powerhouse, born in Brazil and now living in the US, Carolina adds a multicultural touch to every beautiful thing she does. Be on the lookout for her lovely printables and fantastic DIYs.

In fact, check out this delightful collection of FREE "Bunnies and Birds" Easter Printables she designed. I not only love the pastel colors, but I love all the great chevron and polka dot patterns!

The collection includes: mini party labels, party labels, drink wraps, cupcake wraps, party flags, favor tags, blank tented cards, "Happy Easter" banner and garland, and wine glass markers (love this!).


Thank you, Wanessa for this gorgeous collection. I especially love the Easter garland and the drink markers!

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

Also, for more Easter inspirations, check out all our free Easter printables and all the great Easter parties on our site.

FREE Thanksgiving Printables from With Envy Parties

Anitria from With Envy Parties designed these classic and traditional "Give Thanks" Thanksgiving printables and we are lucky enough to get to give them away. I love all the pretty leaf garlands... Thank you, Anitria!

The collection includes: invitations, menus, party circles, drink flags, favor tags, blank place cards, filled-in food labels, water bottle labels, "I'm thankful for..." cards, wine bottle labels, and patterned paper. Phew, that's a lot!!



Thank you, Anitria for your beautiful printables!

To learn more about Anitria and see all her wonderful designs, check out her blog, With Envy Studios, per party shop, With Envy Parties, and her paper shop, With Envy Paper.

My Favorite Thanksgiving Finds on Etsy

Here's why Etsy is so incredible. Look at all the phenomenal handmade items I found for Thanksgiving. These put a smile on my face.

Turkey fondant cupcake topper by Cakes and Kids


Acorn gift tags by Fresh Lemon Blossoms


Pilgram cookies by Lori's Place


Fall paper garland by hoop da loop


Girls' Thanksgiving Pumpkin Shirt by Modern Frills  


 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner edible cupcake toppers by mimicafe Union


Rustic Fall Wreath by Boo Bah Blue


 White chocolate pumpkin bread by Simply Divine Desserts


Fall garland by Green Garland


Little pumpkin burlap bags by Pink Lemonade Party Shop


Check out more wonderful Etsy Thanksgiving items. I'm honestly like a kid in a candy store.

Also, if you need free Thanksgiving printables or Thanksgiving inspirations, we've got them!

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make Party Decorations with Festooning

Have you heard of festooning? It's one of my new favorite party craft decorations. I first learned about it when I saw this photo on Jen Smith's Jilly Bean Kids Facebook page.


In case you don't know, festooning is crepe paper fringed garlands that comes in 25' rolls in all these colors.




So you can see why it's so great for decorating and crafting!

Now back to the craft... Jen had decorated a Styrofoam ball with festooning, and I needed to know how she did it, so she kindly put together this tutorial for us. Thank you, Jen!


  • Festooning 1 roll
  • Styrofoam ball or ring or anything else that can easily be wrapped (and be creative here, I didn’t have a Styrofoam ball the size I wanted so I used a round twig ornament I use for decor in my home)
  • Glue gun or Glue Dots (could even use straight pins)

If you have worked with festooning before then you know it has a front and back. This is great for crafting.  The photo shows both the front and the back side.  The back side or working side of festooning, has a flat spine like look to it.  This is so helpful when attaching it to objects.  The fringe pieces from the front get in the way sometimes but just fluff, squeeze, or shape the festooning after you are done.

Now that we have our working side, find the beginning of your festooning garland roll. Apply your Glue Dots (2-4) to the back flat spine of the festooning roll.  Firmly apply the Glue Dots to the bottom of the Styrofoam ring. Now start winding the festooning around the Styrofoam ring.  This task is much easier if you do not unravel the roll of festooning. Keep it in the roll and just unwind as you go.


Continue winding around shaping, aligning, fluffing and checking to make sure you have good coverage as you go.  Looking back, I would have used less festooning if my styrofoam ring was white instead of green, but again I love using items I have on hand and really loved the end results.

When your reach your starting point, double check your work.  Make sure you have the coverage you want before you cut your garland.  If you are happy with your results, cut your garland and apply (2-4) Glue Dots to the back flat spine of your festooning and firmly apply to the bottom of the Styrofoam ring.

Ta-da! We have created a beautiful centerpiece in minutes and under $5.00.  I have used this festooning centerpiece as a cake pop stand and have even glued photos of the birthday girl/boy on sucker sticks placed them in the Styrofoam ring for an easy and economical personalized photo center piece.


Remember the round twig ornament from the first photo?  I covered it with festooning using the same method.  I was thrilled how it turned out.

You can even cover an inexpensive paper lantern.


Festooning is my favorite decorating material, and so underused.  It is inexpensive, re-useable, easy to store and work with and comes in nearly any color you can think of.

Thank you for taking a moment to read my tutorial, I hope you have learned a little about festooning, and plan on making it a part of your next event. Trust me, you'll be hooked.

Also, to Jillian from Catch my Party, thank you for the opportunity and inspiration behind this tutorial....You have helped put festooning on the map!

Thank you, Jen!! If you'd like to try your hand at festooning some crafts, Jen sells it in her store Jilly Bean Kids for $3.45 a roll. Not bad...

And if you make something with it, please send photos, I'd love to show it off!!

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Shabby Chic Ruffle Garland

I saw this ruffle garland in the photos of Leslie I's 60th Birthday Tradtional Tea Party and I fell in love. I'm always drawn to things that are a little unfinished or rough around the edges and that's what drew me to this garland.

I asked Leslie is she'd put together a tutorial for us and she had already done so on her blog. Lucky us! Here it is...

One of my favorite elements from the Tea party last month was the ruffle garland I made by hand.  I have been crushing on the Hank and Hunt garlands for a while now (Etsy shop, Blog), but being the kind of person I am, I just had to try to DIY a variation of it for myself. I just knew that the burlap would work well, and it really was perfect!

(Clarification:  I didn't have time to take pictures as I was making the actual garland for the party, so I used fabric scraps I have lying around the house to make a mini version for this tutorial)

Here's how you do it:

1) Get yourself some awesome fabric.   (I used a natural burlap that I bucket-dyed to match the color scheme of the party.  The pink was RIT Petal Pink, and the red was a combination of RIT Scarlet and Wine.)

Shown: Two coordinating fabrics, heavy duty thread & needle, six inch wide clear ruler & a pair of really good scissors!
2)  Measure out the length of your garland.  Because I used such a generous stitch, I found that I needed about 60% more length than the finished product needed to be.  Seriously, these things take a lot of fabric!  Fabric saving tip: Get your fabric half the total length and sew the two pieces together once ruffled.  (Can you tell that the garland above the buffet is actually 6 pieces sewn together, and the garland on the hutch is actually 4 separate pieces?)

3) Cut your strips.  Don't worry about making perfect cuts.  In order to keep the width fairly consistent, I found it good to have a ruler lined up to help keep things somewhat straight.  I aimed for the wide strip to be about 6 inches wide and the layered strip to be about 2 inches wide.

Cutting the fabric
Finished cuts - notice the jagged edges!
4: Layer and sew.  Layer the narrow fabric strip on top of the wide fabric strip; aligning one of the short ends together.  Sewing by hand, sew a single stitch all the way down the center of the fabric.  Keep the stitches small on the top side and wide on the bottom side.  Again, don't worry about keeping things perfect.  Some of the uneven stitches will help create more character and dimension.  Also, don't be surprised if the top layer ends up being shorter than the bottom layer.  It will naturally bunch a little higher, so make sure you have quite a bit extra length.

Line up the fabric pieces
Start sewing.
Close-up of the stitches from the top.
5)  Scrunch and finish.  Gently push your fabric down the thread line until you get your desired ruffle effect.  Now you can go back and tie off your thread at the end of the ruffle.
Fabric scrunched down the thread.
Finished garland
And now you have your own 'seamless' ruffle garland!

Thank you, Leslie, for this awesome tutorial. If anyone makes a ruffle garland, please send photos.

Check out the rest of the photos from Leslie's 60th Birthday Tradtional Tea Party. You'll love the ruffle cake and tea cup favors.  Also, to learn more about Leslie, please check out her blog, Pampers, Playdates and Parties, for more great party ideas and inspirations.

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make A Tulle Garland

This Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party created by Nicole W is one of the most beautiful parties we've seen on our site this holiday season. I love so many details of this party, including the homemade tulle garland Nicole made to decorated her tree. Isn't it beautiful...

Nicole so kindly put together this tulle garland tutorial for us, just in time for Christmas. Thank you, Nicole! And here's how she did it...

The tulle garland I made for my Sugar Plum Fairy theme was astoundingly easy to make.  What sewing there is is so pathetically easy, that I hesitate to call it a project that even involves sewing.  Don't be intimidated, even if you've never picked up a needle and thread.


  • Tulle (also known as bridal illusion, available at any fabric store).  I used the 72" wide version, but any would work.  I wouldn't use the spools of 6" wide tulle you can find at the craft store--the garland would end up being MUCH more expensive than if you bought colorful tulle at the fabric store.
  • Needle  (longer is better than shorter, but it's not critical)
  • Thread (you could use regular thread, but I liked the sturdiness that button thread gave me).
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat.  Using a rotary cutter made the process blazingly fast, but it's certainly not necessary.


  • Cut the tulle into strips.  Mine were approximately 4" wide each, but make yours as wide or narrow as you'd like.  I just eyeballed mine.  Precision isn't really critical for this craft. (See, I told you it wasn't like real sewing!)  Each strip, when gathered, gave me about 10 inches of ruffled garland, so make a guess about how many strips you'll need.

  • Thread the needle with a length of thread as long as you'd like your garland to be.  Make a knot at one end, being sure to give yourself a few inches of tail to hang out so you can tie it to things, attach it to other garland, etc.  You can always cut it of later if you decide you don't need it.
  • Hold the strip of tulle and simply feed the tulle onto the needle, sort of like you're accordion folding the tulle on to the needle and thread.  Simply dip the needle up and down through the fabric, creating the most simple running stitch there is.  (Here's a link to the wikipedia entry for running stitch, if you think that might be helpful.  It's hard to describe with just words!

  • Once the entire strip of tulle is on the thread, push it down to the end of the thread, where it will be stopped by the knot.  Fluff it out until it looks right.  And that pretty twisty double-helixy thing going on in my garlands?  That will happen all by itself.   I told you it was easy!
  • Continue adding strips of tulle to your thread until you have a garland length you want.  Tie a knot in the end so that the tulle won't slip off, and you're done!
Thank you, Nicole for this easy tutorial!  I'm planning to make one for my tree this year.  If you make one, too, please email me photos so I can post them.

Check out more of Nicole’s other amazing parties on our site, and to learn more about her handmade tiaras, veils, and other wedding accessories, please read her blog, Tradewind Tiaras.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at  I’d love to show it off!)

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