christmas decor · DIY Crafts · Free Printables

Make A Woodsy and Whimsical DIY Felt Reindeer Jingle Bell Garland Banner

Isn’t there something so fun and festive about a little bit of jingle in Christmas decor? I’ve been seeing a ton of fabulous felt Christmas ornaments this year on pinterest and in online shops, so I wanted to try making a few myself! I plan to make and post some other DIY felt projects over the holidays, so I hope you’ll plan to stop back!

This fun reindeer garland banner was so easy! The hardest part was cutting out the tiny antlers on each deer. I don’t think any two are exactly identical, but I think they’re close enough. I really like the combination of the rusty jingle bells and the silky tassels on this garland. After completing it, I am displaying the garland across my firplace mantle this year with some other woodsy decor, and I’m really happy with it. The project was fun, and I have ample supplies left to make more banners with the felt, cord, and bells I bought.

Okay, if you want to give this little project a try, here’s how!

Supplies:

(The supply list contains affiliate links. These are the materials I used, and they worked well for this project.)

Thin braided rope or other thin twine of your choice, at least 10 feet long

Felt in shades of brown. I bought this inexpensive variety pack from Amazon and used 3 sheets of the felt for this project.

Rusted jingle bells (or other color if you prefer)

Silky tassels. I bought the craft pack from Amazon and plan to use the rest for other projects.

Hot melt glue gun

STEP 1: Print out the reindeer graphic (below) and cut out the pattern. Other patterns are included that I plan to use for more felt projects.

STEP 2: Pin the reindeer pattern to a piece of felt, making sure to stay on one corner to minimize waste. Using the felt pack I bought from Amazon, I was able to cut two deer from each one piece of felt.

STEP 3: Cut out six deer (or more if you want a longer garland) from your color choice of felt. I used two shades of brown and a camel color. Small sharp scissors work well to cut out the small details.

STEP 4: Lay out the twine on a long table or counter. You will need a longer piece of string than what you hope to have for the finished project. Tying each bell in will take some of the length. You will also want 12 inches or more on each end so the banner can easily be attached wherever you choose.

STEP 5: Beginning at one end, measure off 18 inches and tie on one jingle bell at that spot. Make a mark (using a subtle color marker) 8 inches from the first jingle bell. Tie the second in that spot. Repeat the same process every eight inches until you have enough bells attached for the number of deer you plan to use. For my 6 deer, I needed seven bells each 8 inches apart.

STEP 6: Lay out some newspaper or something glue safe and put the left-most section (between the first two bells) on it. Heat up your glue gun. Measure four inches between the two bells. Put some glue on one side of the section of string where the deer will attach, about 3.5 inches. Place the deer on the glue. Pick up the section of string and deer to let it dry so that it doesn’t accidentally get stuck to the paper. Continue until all deer are securely attached. Check the back side of the deer to make sure all of them are glued on along their full length.

STEP 7: Choose the tassels you want to use on your garland. From the package I bought, I chose gray, ivory, and brown because I wanted my garland to have a woodsy look. Cut the loops down so they they are at a good length to glue, about half an inch. Glue the tassels on the back with the hot glue gun. The tassels will keep the deer hanging in the right direction.

That’s it! Super easy and original Christmas decor for your home!

Have a beautiful day and try something creative! 🙂

DIY Crafts · Event Planning · Free Printables

Bright, Fun DIY Thanksgiving Decor: Free Downloadable Graphics Including Crowns for the Kid’s Table

Hi and Happy Friday! Looking for some fun ways to make your Thanksgiving festive this year? For a lot of us, it’s going to be a challenge as we forego the traditional big gatherings and find ways to celebrate thankfulness in a different way this year. Today’s free downloadable graphics include some fun, bright Thanksgiving decor perfect for involving the kids or for decorating your place for the season.

You can make paper chains, Thanksgiving crowns for the young or young-at-heart, print some placemats, and a Give Thanks sign.

Enjoy and have a beautiful day! 🙂

sign or placemat

placemat-print legal size for larger

cut strips to make paper chain

Cut out crown, cut strip from remaining blue to make back, size to fit.

DIY Crafts · Event Planning · Free Printables

Free and Fun Party Decor

Hello there! Are you planning a birthday party, bridal shower, or a special day for your mom? Small outdoor gatherings are the 2020 style celebration, and if you’re looking for some inspiration for your upcoming event, I have some free downloadable graphics for you!

The design includes a crown, paper chain, placemats, and place cards.

A few suggestions for using the graphics:

Print multiple copies of the crown and cut to fit. This will be two copies for a child and an adjustable three for an adult.

The paper chain has several mix and match designs so you can make all the links the same or use them all together.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog today. For other great merchandise for your party, shower, or wedding, check out the Kate Aspen website. Use code TAKE25 for 25% your order of $200 or more!

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Have a beautiful day, and happy planning! 🙂

DIY Crafts · Free Printables · Home Decor

Simple DIY Fall Hoop Wreath With Free Downloadable Graphics

If you’re looking for something unique and creative for your fall home decor, try making your own hoop wreath! I made mine from a few dollars worth of materials and in only a few hours time. I’m also including some downloadable options if you would like to add some fun fall elements to your wreath! The supply list contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my site! 🙂

Supplies:

1 tall metal plant stake

Spray paint (I used hammered bronze)

1 foot of wide ribbon for hanging

Glue gun and glue sticks

Small amount of Spanish moss

Fall grass and florals

Invisible line or clear fishing line

Cardstock

Printed circular graphic

Spray adhesive

Chalk paint

How to make the Hoop Wreath:

  1. Bend the plant stake into a circular form.
  2. Spray paint the hoop your desired color
  3. Glue a small amount of Spanish moss across the bottom of the hoop with a hot glue gun.
  4. Arrange the flowers and grasses the way you want them on your wreath.
  5. Starting with the bottom grasses and flowers, glue them in place with the glue gun. Tuck the ends into the Spanish moss.
  6. Print the circular graphics onto printer paper.
  7. Glue one of the circles onto a piece of cardboard or cardstock using spray adhesive.
  8. When dry, cut out the circle.
  9. Glue another paper circle to the other side of your cutout. I added some chalk paint details to the squirrel in green, gray, and tan, but that’s optional. The graphics include several options so you can make your circle reversible.
  10. Make a small hole in the top of the circle for hanging it.
  11. String invisible line through the hole.
  12. Tie the clear line to the wreath.
  13. Put a wide ribbon at the top for hanging.
  14. You’re done!

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This was an easy and fun project! Give it a try! Have a beautiful day, and try something creative! 🙂

DIY Crafts · Free Printables · Home Decor

Free Fall and Thanksgiving Printables: Welcome to October!

Hello and happy first day of October! Are you looking for a super simple way to add some fall cheer to your walls or classroom? These four fall printables remind me of a peaceful farmhouse and of simpler times.

I hope you enjoy them. Let’s be thankful for the little joys in life these days. 🙂

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Free Fall Theme Printables Add Some Color to Your Day

Hi there! Yes, it’s fall and we’re all looking for some DIY craft ideas! Maybe you need something a little more low key than a full-out paint, glue gun, and craft store run kind of project this week. Maybe you want to just do something relaxing and low stress. Well, you could try a little coloring!

I have always enjoyed a fun coloring page, to the extent that I actually had a really cool coloring book as a kid that I kept saving for “a special occasion” because it was too nice to just helter-skelter color all over it without taking my time to make sure everything was well-thought-out first. Guess what? I never used it at all! I guess the moral of the story is to take a little time to enjoy life today.

These free printables could be coloring pages, seasonal wall art, used for decoupage, whatever your creative mind can think up.

I love getting out a big box of sharp crayons or colored pencils and just having some fun! I hope you enjoy these fall designs as well.

Have a beautiful day, and get colorful! 🙂