Monday, April 28, 2014

On-the-Cheap Magazine Flower Garland

I feel like it's no secret that I'm a garlandy sort of girl.

I blame my garlands for the fact that many of you have accused me over the years of being "crafty". I keep trying to tell you, I'm not that crafty! I'm garlandy! My ridiculous paper escapades may have even played a role in landing me squarely in the hilariously-unqualified territory of "Craft Helper" at the famously fun Whatever Craft Weekend.

I clearly know my way around a stack of magazines and a heart-shaped paper punch, but do not ever ask me to thread a bobbin unless you have an emergency inhaler handy and you don't mind sharing.

The garlands. I can't quit them.
A couple times a year, I get a crazy hair to make one, usually reinventing it from a garland of yore.

My newest magazine flower garland evolved over the years from this to this to this (flip to page 20).

The same batch of heart "flowers"* that graced the wreath I made for Layla's e-zine, wearing pennies in their middles, were taped to a length of basic white thread.

For the centers of these flowers, I cut pom-poms from a left-over bit of pom-pom trim and hot glued them to the middles.

I am convinced that nothing livens up a space faster (or more inexpensively) than a garland.
(Other than maybe salsa. Or my kiddos hopped up on Easter candy.)

Instant cheer! Automatic color and pattern!

And all it cost me was a stack of trash-bound catalogs and magazines, some scrap pom poms, a stapler, a hot glue gun, and 20 minutes of my time.

If you squint when you look at it, you almost don't even notice my dirty dishes!

So, there. There's my suggestion for today, especially if it's as rainy for you as it us for us.

Happy Monday, Party People!

ps - Someone more sensible and savvy than I sent me the direct link to my Midwest Living story. Check it out if you want to see the old girl sans dirty dishes.

*For full directions on how to make the flowers, go here and flip to page 20.
All you really do is punch hearts from a magazine, then fold them in half then unfold. Staple a few of them together at their center. (I used around 5 hearts for each flower.) To "fluff" your flowers, just re-pinch the fold-line.


  1. thanks for sharing!
    I have been inspired by bloggers, like you to share my heart. I blog about my struggle with Huntington's disease, and would be honored if you would follow my journey.

  2. Just checked out your kitchen in the magazine... AWESOME! Wondering where your white plates and bowles are from? I'm in the market for some. Thanks!

    1. Target, baby! Many moons ago. But I think they pretty much always sell them.

  3. you are such a good writer. oh wait, i'm not sure if we've met. i'm kimberly, i picked you up from the airport.

  4. Yes, this is cute and environmentally PC.

  5. I don't know, some people may disagree, but I think you're a stinkin garland GENIOUS!!! I am giddy over that garland! I MUST find 20 minutes to make one or more of my own!!!! I love you to death....well, not to death, since I'm currently still breathing.....through my mouth because my nose is stuffed, but still breathing none-the-less!!! You sure do tickle my fancy :) lol Your mug rack is totes adorbs I might add and what dirty dishes? I saw nothing of the sort <3

  6. "I am convinced that nothing livens up a space faster (or more inexpensively) than" ... freshly washed windows. Any redecorating effort that takes more than a wet rag and old newspapers is crazy crafty. Accept it, m'dear.

  7. SO awesome!! I love me some garlands too!

  8. So cute!! I'm gonna make this for my little girl's nursery!

  9. I keep telling myself I NEED that heart punch. I do!

  10. Oh girl... Best craft helper ever!
    You were awesome!
    You craft like me... Use what's on hand... Throw it together... And voila!
    These are supah cutesy!!
    I wish I had a window by my sink!!!

    1. Just because you don't have a window doesn't mean you can't have a garland. :)
      And that sentence sounds SO wrong, but I'm too tired to fix it! So Voila to that!! :)

  11. so cute girlfriend! your kitchen sink makes me happy happy happy! all that bright light, the pops of color, and I NEED your coffee cup holder! love it!

  12. always adorable! Caught you in Midwest Living too. You're now a rock star!

  13. Yeah, but you have a way of doing things that always looks good. : - )

  14. I ran yesterday and looked at my issue of MWLiving and there you and Siley and Ruby are!! Although you didn't show your smiling face. I also noticed that we share the same taste in kitchen chandies...I have the same. Adore your taste:) But love your writing and passion for Jesus even more! xo farmgirlgardens

  15. My kitchen window needs one of these ASAP. Thank you. :-)

  16. Simple garlands are my friend as well. Adding a heart punch to my wish list.
    Midwest Living - what?!! Awesome.