July 18, 2011

Lighted Flower Garland Tutorial

July is the advent of the birthday season in our family, starting with my birthday yesterday (a truly fabulous day – stay tuned for more on that later this week!) and continuing on from there with at least one birthday during each of the months through the end of the year. In honor of these special days, I thought it would be fun to put together a garland to adorn our mantel. Constructed with a strand of twinkle lights, I love the festive feel it gives to our home!

Lifestyle Crafts is unveiling a new line of dies for their Epic Cutting Tool this week that I was fortunate enough to get to try, and the moment I received them, I knew they would be perfect for this project. The Possibilities line is a super fun, highly versatile line of nesting dies ranging in size from .25 to 5.75.” Whether your interest is card making or home decor or anything in between, these dies will be a great addition to your crafting arsenal.

Let’s talk about how to put these dies to use to make a festive lighted flower garland, shall we?

For this project, you will need…

Lifestyle Crafts Epic Die Cutting Tool
Nesting Lace Circles and Nesting Spray Dies
Assorted Coordinating Patterned Papers and Cardstock
Craft Knife
10-Light Battery-Powered Strand of Twinkle Lights (I purchased mine in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby)
Adhesive Runner
Letter Stickers
Ribbon
step 1 / Cut out flower shapes in three descending sizes from your cardstock and patterned papers. You will need 10 flowers of each size. To do this, lay your dies, cutting side up, on your cutting platform, and place your paper on top. Cover with your self-healing cutting mat, and run everything through your machine. (For more details on this process, head here for a full lineup of video tutorials using the Epic machine.)

step 2 / Using your craft knife, carefully cut a small “x” directly at the center of each flower shape. Make sure your cuts aren’t too long – about 3/8″ long for each cut is probably about right – to ensure the flowers will fit properly onto your string of lights later on. Take each flower shape and carefully make a fold where each of the petals meet, as shown, to give everything added dimension.
step 3/ Stack your prepared flowers in groups of three – one large, one medium, and one small. Starting with the largest piece and ending with the smallest, slide your stacked flower groupings onto the lights on your strand. Repeat this step until each light on your strand is adorned with a stacked flower.
step 4 / Cut out scalloped circles in two descending sizes, one circle in each size for each letter of the sentiment you want your garland to display. Layer your smaller circles on top of your larger circles. Adhere each set together using your adhesive runner, and then place your letter stickers spelling out your desired message on each set, as shown. Cut 4-5″ lengths of ribbon, and thread a length through the top scallop of each circle. Use the ribbon to tie your circles to the wire of your strand of lights to spell out your sentiment or message. Tie other various pieces of ribbon to your garland to conceal any sections of visible wire from your light strand.
You are finished!

For some of the flower layers in my garland, I used silver metallic cardstock. I love the way those pieces reflect the light of the garland!

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I hope everyone’s week is off to a marvelous start!

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24 Responses to Lighted Flower Garland Tutorial

  1. Amanda July 18, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    This is one of the best things I have seen in ages, love it! Thinking this would look great as a Christmas decoration, thanks for sharing!

  2. Leasa July 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    So very cute. I love this idea and for those people that don’t have the Epic die cutter they could use their Cricut or Silhouette. Again so cute!

  3. Kelli @ RTSM July 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    What a fun project Amy! And happy belated birthday:) How does it feel to be 30?!?

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now July 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    That is so pretty! :) Love the card stock. What a cool project!

  5. June Scott July 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Happy Birthday! love the garland, great idea to use the lights… I like that this could be done by hand for those of us who don’t have the fancy “epic”! Thanks for the inspiration, Amy!

  6. Cindy Rippe July 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Love the bright colors and the idea of lighting the garland!

  7. alimoll July 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    I love it Amy! Super cute!

  8. Kara July 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    This is such an awesome idea Amy! I’m thinking it would also be fun with poinsettias for Christmas. You are amazing!

  9. Char @ Crap I've Made July 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    You got WAY cooler dies than me!

  10. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} July 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Such a cute and fun idea! And how wonderful to have a grouping of birthdays until the end of the year. :)

  11. Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor July 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    What a fun idea! I love the lights! I agree with a previous posted and love the idea for Christmas!

  12. Finding Charm July 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    What a great idea! I pinned it on Pinterest

  13. lili dAix July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Très bon anniversaire ! et j’adore cette guirlande !

  14. Q @ JAQS July 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    OOO pretty. Nice tool too.

    BTW I’m hosting a 12 FAT quarter Fabric Giveaway. Come by and check it out when you get a chance :)

    Q @ http://www.jaqsstudio.com/

  15. mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings July 26, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    what a beautiful garland! And totally ‘doable’ even if you don’t have fancy cutters…haha. Thanks so much for sharing how you made this. I’m visiting from Tip Junkie-

  16. Maggie July 26, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I’m inviting you to add this to our linking party at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/american-pickers-with-linking-party.html
    Have a great weekend,
    Maggie

  17. Leslie July 27, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    Love this…it’s so pretty and fun! I bet I could do that with my Silhouette! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  18. Rosana Garcia Hess July 29, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    awesome…I´ll feature on my blog. Hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

  19. Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor July 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    I am featuring this today because I love it so dang much!

  20. Sommer July 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Oh Em Gee! That is impressive! I would just love to feature this next week. Please come link up to my party this weekend @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/07/vip-party-21.html

  21. Jamie August 1, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    Those are amazing. I have a party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your lights and any other projects you would like to share. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  22. The Autocrat: Haley August 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Wow! That is AMAZING! You did an outstanding job!

  23. angie @ the cellar door stories August 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    i LOVE this! featuring it on my friday favorites tomorrow!

  24. Crystal January 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Oooooooooooooooooooooooh my gosh this is GORGEOUS!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Saw it at the end of your post today and just had to go hunting the tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!

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