It’s been a while since my last craft tutorial, and I thought it would be fun to share the method behind this make – a little garland of stars and moons, perfect for adding a hint of magic for Halloween. In different colours and perhaps without the moons, this would also be a great decoration for Christmas…
Things you’ll need:
- pencil or pen
- paper/card in a variety of colours (I used paper from my stash of damaged vintage books)
- sewing machine and thread/needle and thread
- glitter (optional)
Step 1. On the wrong side of the papers, draw star and crescent moon outlines in different sizes. Cut out these shapes. You can do as many or as little as you like, depending on the size of garland you need (I ended up with 20 – 16 stars, 4 moons – for a garland approx. 80cm long).
Step 2. Cut a length of your string/thread for each shape and glue one end to the wrong side of the paper. I used Mod Podge, but any PVA glue should work. Leave to dry.
Step 3. One at a time, apply glue to the backs of your stars and moons and stick to complimenting papers. Leave to dry, then cut out around the original shapes. (This is so they look lovely on both sides, but you could skip this step if you prefer – bear in mind that the string is likely to twist.) If you’re decorating with glitter, this is the perfect time to do so!
Step 4. Choose ribbon, fabric, or lace that compliments the colours of your paper, and cut to the length you need (plus a little extra for pinning/tying up). Place and pin the string/thread of each star and moon along this length, varying the length of the thread to create a pretty effect. It took me a few tries before I was happy with the layout, so don’t be afraid to rearrange! If needed, add a backing to the ribbon for extra strength.
Step 5. Stitch securely in place – I reverse stitched over each piece of thread as I went along, and then stitched along the whole length another few times just to be on the safe side! (You’ll want to keep a track of where all the threads are to avoid tangles.) Trim any loose ends.
And that’s it! Tie or pin up and admire each time you walk passed…