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How to Hang Heavy Garland Without Damaging Your Walls

I’m popping in quickly this weekend to share how to hang garland in your house without permanently nailing it to the wall. This is not sponsored; I’ve just had a lot of questions on my Instagram about how I’ve hung mine, so I thought I’d share what really works. I’ve tried several different hooks that never seemed to be strong enough to hold a full garland. In years past, there were so many mornings, I’d wake up to a sad garland on the floor and cedar flakes everywhere. When I finally discovered temporary hooks that were strong enough for the job, I did a little happy dance. Here’s what we do:

  What I use to strongly, but temporarily hang garland in my house without damaging the walls.

We use big daddy 3M Command hooks. The ones that hold up to 7.5 lbs each. They’re damage free and the packaging has a photo of the hook with a step ladder hanging from it, so you know they’re strong! For the arch pictured, we’re using 3 hooks one on each side plus one in the middle. In years where we have an especially full garland, I’ve doubled up the hooks at each location just to be safe, but looking back it was probably overkill!

What I use to strongly, but temporarily hang garland in my house without damaging the walls.

The hooks are white, but don’t worry if you don’t have white walls. The hooks are nearly completely disguised by the garland.

The hook mounting instructions (that come with the hooks) are kind of fussy. They involve mounting the hook, then sliding off a portion of the hook, pressing the hook base firmly to the wall, waiting an hour and then re-attaching the hook. It seems kind of unnecessary at first, but following the instructions make for a super strong bond. I’ve tried several different hooks, and have found these to be the strongest by far. They also come down damage free when Christmas is over. Win!

That’s all I’ve got for you today. Hope this little Holiday decorating tip is useful!

What I use to strongly, but temporarily hang garland in my house without damaging the walls.

Want more Holiday decorating tips? Get the inside on using a basket in lieu of a skirt to disguise your Christmas tree stand. Read more HERE.

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DIY Holiday Tassel Garland with The Forest Fern

I have a handful of Holiday decorations that I look forward to bringing out each year. (We’re big on Scandinavian traditions at this house.) That said, I do also try to add new pieces into the mix each year to keep things fresh and festive. Last year, the cedar archway garland was the main event, and this year, I’ve teamed up with incredibly talented fiber artist, Sara Banner of The Forest Fern, to share a fun and easy project for Holiday decorating.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Sara is a devoted macrame + tapestry genius and a wealth of knowledge in all things fiber-related. I’ve been a fan of Sara’s beautiful work for over a year now and was lucky to meet and work with her while she was in Minneapolis last Summer. Together we created a modern tassel garland tutorial for draping across windows, the fireplace mantel and even the Christmas tree. Let’s get tasseling, shall we? Read on for the how-to on this smart, easy project!

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Materials:

  • Single Strand Cotton String – we used 6mm Black Cotton from Niroma Studio
  • Scissors
  • Hair brush, pet brush or wide toothed comb
  • 3-4 various colors of yarn
  • Thin cotton string (such as baker’s twine)
  • Tapestry needle

1. Construct Tassels. Cut 6 pieces of cotton string roughly 20″ long. Divide the 6 strands into two groups of three. Tie one laynard knot via the video explanation. The video clip details the knot using just two pieces of yarn for demonstration purposes. You’ll use all 6 strands of cotton when tying the knot.

2. Gather the strings in your fist just below the laynard knot and start your first Wrapping Knot. Use a different color yarn of your choosing to form a “U” shape at the base of the knot leaving one tail end out at the top of the “U”. Place your thumb midway up the “U” shape to hold the yarn in place while you wrap the other end around the tassel in a clockwise motion, keeping your rows spaced next to one another.

3. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the base of the knot forming a band of color. Tie off the yarn by threading the end through the loop created in Step 2. Then while holding the yarn end with one hand, pull the upper yarn end that was formed in Step 2 with your other hand. As you pull the upper yarn, the loop will eventually disappear underneath the wrapped yarn band. Trim yarn ends close to the tassel.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 to wrap additional color bands around the tassel.

5. Gather the tassel string ends in your fist and trim to a uniform length.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

6. Use a brush to separate string into individual yarns. Keep on brushing until the strings separate and are straight (yes, this can take some time!). Then give the yarns an additional trim for uniformity.

7. Repeat Steps 1-7 for additional tassels.

8. Measure the length of your window or fireplace mantle and double this measurement. Cut baker’s twine to this length, and thread the tapestry needle.

9. Thread tassels onto the baker’s twine through the center of the tassel head. Space them out evenly on the string, and hang up your garland!

Follow Sara on Instagram for loads more inspiration and info on her upcoming events + flash sales.

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DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

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DIY Floral Chandelier Garland

April showers have ushered in the May flowers, and everything is greening up nicely here in Minneapolis, seemingly overnight. As I’m writing this morning, I’m looking out into the backyard at the flourishing lavender lilac bushes, and I can’t help but be in a good mood because of it! Today’s DIY chandelier garland will hopefully also be a mood lifter as it too involves a big dose of Spring flowers. 

How to create a floral chandelier garland. More ideas on the blog! How to create a floral chandelier garland. More ideas on the blog! How to create a floral chandelier garland. More ideas on the blog!

Spring and summer always seem to be loaded with parties and events: from Mother’s Day to birthdays to wedding season, and when it comes to party decor my favorite thing to decorate with is flowers and greens. The #1 reason why is they make such a beautiful statement without much effort on my behalf. They also make the party space feel festive enough that it’s usually the only form of decoration I really need to do. Enter the Floral Chandelier Garland that I created for Sugar & Cloth. One and done!

It’s created simply by making up a series of mini bouquets and attaching them together with floral wire. When you’re ready to hang it, just drape it over the arms of your chandelier and attach the loose ends with one last bit of floral wire.

My secret for making sure my garland stays looking fresh the entire day of the party, is to use all fresh greens + filler flowers, and silk blooms for the statement flowers (like the peonies shown here). Greens retain their water quite well, and the silk blooms will look perfect all day. Not to mention, if you have several events coming up you can re-use the silk flowers in each garland and save a ton. Hop over to Sugar & Cloth and say hi to Ashley for the full tutorial!

How to create a floral chandelier garland. More ideas on the blog!  

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DIY du Jour: Spring Decor Refresh

Is your place in need of a little refresh for Spring? It’s around this time of year, I start to catch a case of cabin fever. Old Man Winter, you need to wrap this up! So I’ll instinctively start packing up the heavy blankets, moving things around and tackling new home projects to help refresh my surroundings. I think my rearranging our furniture drives Ken a little crazy, but it’s just something I’ve got to do this time of year!

It may only be February, but us Northerners spend so much time indoors from October to March, I think the Spring conversion process starts a bit earlier up here out of survival. It’s how we keep our sanity! If you’re in need of a home refresher too, why not move in some plants, hang garland or organize your magazines? Check out the fantastic round-up below!

DIY du Jour: Spring Decor Refresh | Francois et Moi

Copper Himmeli Table | Wood Bead Garland | X-Shaped Magazine Rack | Easy Planter Upgrades | Wall Mounted Air Plants

Give Your Home a Spring Decor Refresh with These DIY Projects

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New Years Eve Dreaming

Last year, Ken and I threw a big New Years Bash with lots of balloons, silly hats and the quintessential NYE noise makers. This year, we’re looking forward to a much more low key evening: a night à la maison with another couple, Cards Against Humanity, and a little champagne to go around. Though we’re taking it easy this year,  there’s no harm in doing a little dreaming as to what I would do if we were to host a party, is there? Below is the visual inspiration for the the party I’m throwing…in my dreams, of course.

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7. Tassle Garland, 6. Empress Dress + Torch Lake Bib Necklace, 5. Hermes Tray + Bar, 4. Sparkling Moonriver Pumps, 3. Oysters, 2. Mini Pinata Bowties, 1. Sparkler Macarons at Midnight


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