12.10.2010

friday idea book: vintage christmas garland tutorial + giveaway

Today I'm delighted to share a tutorial (& giveaway!) with one of my very first and dearest blog friends, Chelle of The Value of Cheerfulness. She's a beautiful girl inside & out, and she makes the most swoon-worthy paper garlands for every occasion. I did a serious happy dance the day she agreed to share her process and ideas with us. You can find more of her lovely creations in her etsy shop, Whimsicalities.

Vintage Book Page Garland | tutorial by Chelle


1.) Decide what you want your garland to say.
Be Merry, Merry + Bright, OH HO HO, Oh Joy, Pure Joy
Twinkle, Be Jolly and Noel are a few ideas to get you started.
2. ) Go to your word processor and play with font and size until you've got the perfect combination.

3. ) Print letters off onto sturdy cardstock paper.

4. ) Carefully cut out letters to make your own templates.

5. ) Take your cute scrapbook paper ( October Afternoon + Cosmo Cricket are two of my favorite sources for scrapbook paper ) and then trace and around your templates ( it's important make sure the letters are facing backwards on the wrong side of your paper, so that when you flip it over onto the right side you have your letter going in the right direction )

6. ) Cut our your letters

7. ) Center and glue your cute cut out letters in the middle of your book page.

8. ) Punch a couple holes at the top of each page.

9. ) String your ribbon through.

10. ) To cheer up a empty spot on the wall, fireplace mantle or headboard, piano, etc. hang your homemade pretty festive banner in place.
Note: you can also opt to string your letters without page backings. The card stock will hold up just fine. (See above.)

For a chance to win a customized banner all your own, leave a comment here with your ideas on what you would want your Vintage Christmas Garland to say. Winner will be randomly selected and announced next Friday 12/17!

24 comments:

Cottage Mommy said...

Well, let me be the first to comment...I have seen these lovlies in person and they are seriously cute! So fun to see your tutorial on here Chelle! And I can't wait to check out your scrapbook paper resources - thanks for sharing!

Chantel Monet said...

Totally drooling over my "pure joy" purchase from Chelle, this morning! Makes the whole house look festive!
XOXOX!

Christine said...

i just love these beautiful garlands....I try to make them for every occasion...but it can be time consuming with three little ones. i would love a "Peace on Earth" banner
to hang in my entry way. Thank you for your swwet blog and for sharing all these wonderful DIY projects. You are amazing! oh yes, and I found you via Leslie. ;)

radiantlaughs said...

"Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!"

angela hardison said...

these are beautiful - diy makes me happy.

Brianne-zam said...

i had the pleasure of meeting chelle very briefly when she came to visit Leslie (thats how I found this site) and you can tell right away that she loves life! i would love a darling banner in my home. i would love it to say something like "miracle of miracles". We have experienced great miracles in our family as of late and it all comes back to the MIracle of Miracles, Jesus Christ.
Briana J
delphinium 78 at msn dot com

Katie said...

Love these....! Thanks Chelle (And Jessica!) for the chance!!

ashley said...

love that pure joy banner! I would have mine say 'be merry'

bethany said...

These are so sweet. :)

I think I'd have to go with "merry and bright". Is that really long? I'm not sure, but I think it would look adorable!

Jenny said...

Oh, Chelle, these are wonderful!

I would love one that says "be merry"

Fairlightday said...

Chelle's banners are the best! I love my "Take Joy" banner on my mantle. And what a wonderful tutorial. Love it!

Amanda said...

I love this tutorial. Will be tucking it away in my DIY file! I think I would like the "Merry and Bright" strung up on my shelf.

Amanda said...

I'm in love with these! So festive and beautiful. I would love the phrase "Merry and Bright" hanging from our mantel. Merry Christmas!

shannon said...

Cute!! And an awesome way to dress up all kinds of occasions! I'd love a "Happy Christmas" one.. Love the British flair.

ashlie elizabeth: said...

oh i love this DIY and i love the garland ideas in comments., i'm torn between "merry and bright" and "happy christmas." thank you for the giveaway!

Sandra said...

Merry & Bright has been my theme for the year . . . so I would either choose that or a classic Joyeaux Noel.

Connie said...

"Twinkle"....on old book paper!
I am so proud of your creativity, dear daughter!

Emily Ryan said...

It's Christmas decorations that make a house a home!! Love the idea of personalized gifts like these!!

Sanghee Suh said...

What a wonderful idea. I would like to put one of these over my fireplace and have it say "Simple Joy"

Becca said...

Oh these are so great! I love the vintage paper background- so cool. I love the phrase Happy Christmas

Jill Turner said...

I would love one that said "Merry" or "Merry & Bright" - how great!

Amy said...

What font is used on "NOEL"?

Amy said...

what font is used on "NOEL"?

Heidi Szczepanski said...

Very pretty. Love all these ideas.
Thanks for sharing.

Heidi
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