DIY Friday: Nautical Porch Garland

4 September 2009

I love garlands. Y’all know that. Before, though, I never really had a proper space to hang one. But once we moved into our new apartment, complete with porch, a garland moved to the top of my project list.

This is a simple project, but quite repetitive and a bit lengthy. Here’s what you’ll need:

— fabric
— scissors
— a pencil or pen
— a ruler
— twine or string
— an iron
— iron-on adhesive

1. Gather your fabric scraps and begin cutting them into equal size rectangles (mine were 2.5 by 6 inches).

2. Once you have cut enough, grab your string. Measure out a good 2-3 feet extra before you start adding fabric (it will come in handy later for hanging).

3. Turn your first piece of fabric over, so that the front of the fabric is facing down. Cut a length of adhesive just shorter than the width of the fabric and lay it about 1-2 inches below the top of the fabric.

4. Place your string on the top of the fabric at the top of the rectangle.

5. Fold the fabric over the adhesive and the string. Press with an iron for 10 seconds.

6. Move along the string adding rectangles until you’ve reached your desired length. Remember to evenly space the flags along the string.

Hang and host a party!

Thanks to Brittni for the inspiration and instructions!

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September 4, 2009 7:27 pm

Very cute! I like it, and it definitely spices up the deck a bit! Now … if only I had a deck, I'd be all set :) Happy Labor Day!

Paige Appel
September 4, 2009 11:45 pm

love that, may have to make one too.