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?
Assorted Coordinating Patterned Papers and Cardstock
10-Light Battery-Powered Strand of Twinkle Lights (I purchased mine in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby)
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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