Friday, September 21, 2012

Christmas Burlap Garland by Guest Designer Rebecca Grinder

I *heart* burlap and Craft Warehouse has loads of fun new burlap perfect for the upcoming holiday season!  A new addition to stores is a burlap pocket garland. 

Craft Warehouse gave me the challenge to create a Christmas banner using this new garland and the already popular winter release by Authentique called "Peaceful".

Shopping List

  • 1 - Burlap Garland, 24 pockets
  • 1   Authentique "Peaceful" Collection Pack
  • 2 - Snippets Chipboard Mini Pennants
  • 2 - Snippets Chipboard Pennants Mini 2 Point
  • 1 - Paper Accents Chipboard Micro RectScallop Pennants
  • Making Memories White Pearl Brads
  • 1 - Silver Tinsel Stems
  • 1 - Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars
  • 1 - Sierra Pacific Crafts Unfinished Wood Stars
  • Clear Embossing Ink, Clear andf Glitter Embossing Power, Clear Snow-like Glitter
  • Star Dust Stickles
  • Silver and Red Paint
  • Bottle Caps
  • Small Clothes Pins
  • Small Circle Punch
  • Ranger's Sage Distress Ink
  • Heat Gun
  • Queen and Co Rhinestones and Twinkle Goosebumps
  • Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick, Modge Podge, E6000 Glue, Glossy Accents, Glue Gun
  • White Sheer and  Cream Ribbon


Authentique "Peaceful" Burlap Christmas Garland/Banner

How to transform the pockets into stockings:
  1. Shape the burlap pocket into a stocking by folding and tucking the left corner in.
  2. With a towel underneath the burlap to protect your ironing board, spray starch and iron the burlap in order to hold its shape and prevent fraying.
  3. I preferred my stockings sewen closed.  I used my sewing machine and some red thread to add some color to the top.

These burlap pockets are 2.5" x 3.5".  Small enough to hold mini candy canes, peppermint sticks, or toffee.  Gift cards or tags could fit nicely too.  The garland has 24 pockets perfect for an advent calendar or 12 days of Christmas banner. 
I chose to pull off a few pockets from the garland to later make Christmas ornaments.  For this project, I added a few banner pennants. I plan on tucking this garland in my Christmas Tree or hanging it from a fireplace mantel.


How to give your paper project an icy look:
1.  After using a Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick to adhere patterned paper to the chipboard pennant, use a blending tool and apply clear embossing ink.  Sprinkle on the clear and glitter embossing powder and use a heat gun to set.
2.  Use a sponge applicator and brush on some  Modge Podge the edges of your pennant. Sprinkle some Snow Glitter.  The Modge Podge dries clear and holds the glitter well!
3. For the bottle caps, after adhering a small circle of patterned paper to the inside bottom of the cap, use a thin layer of Glossy Accents to coat the paper.  Then, sprinkle a pinch of glitter to give the appearance of an icy window.

How to make your own tinssel star:
1.  Wrap a Silver Tinsel Stems/Pipe Cleaner around a pencil.  Shape the spiral into a star.  Glue the brad into the center.

These stars were painted using mettalic silver and red paint.  A quick and fast little embellishment!


You can follow Rebecca and her chic style on her blog, Facebook, and Pinterest


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