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Dot Garlands

Plain white self-adhesive dots can be transformed into cheerful garlands.




  • Wide felt-tip markers
  • Button thread
  • White self-adhesive dots


  1. Step 1


    Working in a well-ventilated area, color the dots with wide felt-tip markers.

  2. Step 2


    Stick them, back to back, onto button thread, which is both silky and sturdy.

Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1996/1997



Reviews (5)

  • LMJacobs 26 Nov, 2011

    If you can't find dots in the color you want, use a breyer to spread ink or acrylic on the. Much faster!!

  • purplems 4 Dec, 2009

    Save time and buy the coloured dots at paper-source.

  • lollygagon 19 Apr, 2008

    I made this garlad for my daughter's first birthday and it was so cute! I used craft paint mixed with a little bit of water to color the white adhesive dots. I just painted over the whole thing and then when it dried, peeled the stickers and adhered to the thread. It tangles really easily, but still so fun!

  • andieh234 1 Mar, 2008

    I love this garland too. I would use a circle punch to cut the dots from coloured or patterened paper. Then I'd adhere the dots to the string using double sided tape or clear stickers.

  • frankzwolinski 23 Jan, 2008

    I like this idea but when I try it the ink rubs off--EVEN permanent markers!! Any Ideas?