Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring Time Garland

Thank you for all the comments on my upcycled Easter candy containers! They were so fun to do! Now, I'm going to show you what I did with the lids! You might remember that I made a Lucky Garland for St. Patty's Day in the same fashion, but this garland, I used lids as the base! They were a perfect size!

Here's what you'll need for this project:

Upcycled lids

Hot glue gun

Crepe Paper

Book paper and scrap book paper

Mod Podge


Chipboard letters



Because of the ridges on the top of the lid, I Mod Podged book paper to some heavy card stock, and then glued them onto the top of the lid. This just added a extra layer of strength, because I use vintage book paper and that can rip pretty easy.

Next, I glittered the edges of the lid, because let's face it, everything is better with a little glitter on it! I again used Mod Podge as an adhesive for the glitter and instantly the edges look great!

Let the Mod Podge dry

(did I really just include glue drying time as a step with a picture? Hmmmm, Oh yes, there it is, I think I need help.)

Next, using crepe paper, create a ruffle around the back of the lid. I found this to be very convenient, the ruffle stayed nice and neat.

I used some chipboard letters and painted them a heavenly shade of blue

(It's so sparkly!)

I used some embellies and buttons that coordinated

and notice that I used different letter style a couple of times, I like how using a different style letter gives the garland a "ransom" look, but in reality, I didn't have all the letters I needed, in one the words of my husband: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome!

To make it look more purposeful, I punched out a little circle and layered it on the lid, these letters where smaller so they needed some extra body. Just because we improvised, doesn't mean it has to look that way!
(It's so shiny!)

Finally, I evenly glued jute to the back of the lids and it was done! I just love the Hot pink and Cool Aqua together!

I hung it across our hutch and it looks so happy!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you're inspired!!

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  1. Hey Michelle. These turned out great. I just love up-cycling and you did a beautiful job on this garland. Love the candy containers you made too.

    Have a blessed Sunday. Hugs...Tracy:)

  2. I LOVE this. I actually was just thinking about your Lucky garland and thinking of doing a "spring" one just like this... and you beat me to it!! So cute. I really love the tissue paper idea.

  3. You never cease to amaze me! So pretty!

  4. I love this and I am inspired! I think I can adapt this to my daughter's Baby Shower! One question, did you hot glue the crepe paper ruffle or use Mod Podge on the back of the lid?

  5. Hi Michelle!
    First of all, yet ANOTHER great upcycling idea!! Way to go!
    Second...Oh my gosh... I didn't even realize that you were out of Mo.!!! I'm sorry that I overlooked that! How cool!! Maybe we should get together for coffee at MARIGOLD'S next time your in the area!!! :)
    What a small world!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Well if that isn't the cutest banner!! I love that you recycled the plastic lids. You made me laugh with your comment about the drying time :-)
    I saw Christina's comment above. If you ever do get to Atchison let me know too. I know Christina and I would love to get together too if the opportunity presents itself. Or if you are ever in the area of Nell Hill's K.C. store let me know...I'm 10 minutes away from there.

  7. I love it! I've saved some lids thinking I would do something with them and now I know what I can use them for. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Love this!! You definitly have me looking at things that I would normally throw away in a different way! Thanks! :)

  9. This is seriously one of my favorite projects I've ever seen! I can't wait to try my own version. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I love this, Michelle! It is the most cheerful spring garland I've seen yet.

  11. Absolutely darling. Love this.

  12. How cute! Thanks so much for linking up! :)

  13. That is really beautiful!! I just love crafty people. :)

  14. I go through those containers like crazy, i drink that pink lemonade like no ones business, so im definitely going to have to make these fun craft garlands! I think I'll make some summery red/white/blue ones....i love how the ruffled crepe paper looks. thanks for the inspiration--another blog I have to add to my favorites list!! :)

  15. Oh my! How perdie was that! You definitely think outside the it!

  16. delightful garland! so cheerful! I'm dropping by from The Girl Creative. I hope to see you back at my place soon! until later...

  17. This is adorable!! Would it be okay if I featured this project on my Saturday Shout Out?? So cute!! Passed through from the Girl Creative..nice to meet you! -shaunna :)

  18. I just LOVE this!! I am featuring it as part of my Spring has Sprung Party at Fun to Craft. Come by later and snag a featured button!

  19. Saw you on Perfectly Imperfect's Saturday Shout Out. I love the candy containers and the garland. So cute! TFS

  20. Oh my goodness, you are so talented. I am going to show those to my child's teacher. This is wonderful, and so well done!

  21. Hi, I just found your blog, and I've added it to my google reader list because I LOVE your projects! Your tutorials are great. I save plastic lids thinking that I'd use them for something, even if just as circle templates. But your idea of using them as the backs for a garland is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!


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