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Metallic Swag Garlands

Introduction

These metallic garlands from our studio's holiday display are encrusted with natural materials like artichokes, berries, and leaves to create something really beautiful to frame a door, a window, or even a mirror. And, best of all, after the holidays, you can carefully wrap up the garland and display it again next year.

Materials

  • Quarter-inch gator board or heavy-duty foam core
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Bow
  • Natural materials: dried artichoke, poppy pods, eucalyptus seeds, and tallow berry 
  • Artificial oak leaves
  • Glycerin-treated fern fronds
  • Gold, silver, and gold glitter spray paint
  • Finishing nails or wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make the garland base out of quarter-inch gator board or heavy-duty foam core by cutting three shapes with your utility knife: two large identical necktie shapes to hang down on each side, and a large "C" for the top of garland.

  2. Step 2

    Use a hot-glue gun to encrust all three pieces with clusters of dried artichoke, poppy pods, eucalyptus seeds, and tallow berry. Fill in gaps by gluing in artificial oak leaves and glycerin-treated fern fronds.

  3. Step 3

    Spray-paint the garland, first with gold spray paint, then silver spray paint, and finally gold glitter spray paint to create a layered metallic look, being sure to let dry between paint layers.

  4. Step 4

    Attach finished garland to desired surface by using finishing nails, or tie onto a banister with wire.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007

Reviews (1)

  • 15 Nov, 2008

    Magnificent!