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Friday, August 24, 2012

.:Guest Post - Design Stash:.

I am SO thrilled to be here today on Sumo's fabulous and inspiring blog! In fact, this is my very first ever guest post so wish me luck! :) Hi! I'm Brooke from Design Stash. I love to feature projects, crafts, things that inspire me and decorating tips!I hope you take a minute to visit me sometime at Design Stash and while there make sure you say hi! Now onto my tutorial......

Like many others, when kiddos head back to school and summertime activities come to an end, my mind immediately wanders to Fall! I love Fall crafts, decor and activities so I thought it appropriate to share with you today one of my favorite decor items for Fall.......actually this one is for Halloween!

'BOO' Boa Halloween Garland

Here is what you'll need to make your own Halloween garland:
a black boa (mine came with the silver already in it)
black tulle
 purple sparkly fabric (found at Joanne's)
3 different types of Halloween ribbon
cardstock in 3 different colors (black, purple, and orange - I found sparkled paper)
patterned Halloween paper
hole punch
printable tags (you can find them here: http://party.catchmyparty.com/files/catchmyparty_halloween.pdf )

Start first by cutting your fabric and ribbon. I cut the purple fabric into 12" pieces, the tulle into 15" pieces and the ribbon into 14-15" pieces (3 of each ribbon)

Next we'll cut the paper. Cut out the printable tags and punch a hole at the top of each. Cut out the pennant flags for the lettering. Here is an easy way to get an even pennant. Using a ruler, start by drawing a line the length you would like your pennant and then a perpendicular line the width you'd like your pennant......then simply connect your lines......like this:

I topped each pennant with some patterned paper that matched my cardstock. I used gluesticks for adhesive.....easy peasy! :) I also used my Silhouette to cut out some tag shapes in the sparkled cardstock as well as the black letters. If you don't have a Silhouette you can find pre-cut letters at any craft store. Glue your letters on to the pennants.

Now we're going to start tying! I used the tag that came with the boa as a center point and starting tying the black tulle in equal increments. Next came the purple fabric strips.

Using the tag as the center point I tied my first 'O' on through holes punched in each corner. Tie the second 'O' and 'B' on equally spaced from the center. Punch a second set of holes in your patterned paper, thread your black tulle through them and tie into a knot.

Then you'll start tying on your glittered tags with the Halloween ribbon you've cut along with the printable tags.

When everything is tied on and your happy with the spacing it's time to hang! I had the wreath hangers that I'd made earlier to hang my garland with.

If you would like to see more of my DIY projects like how I made a Beadboard Photo Backdrop or decorating tips in my Living Room Reveal be sure to click over to my little space on the web!

 Again, a big thank you to the wonderful Sumo for letting me share my tutorial with you today! Have fun displaying your new Halloween decor and have a wonderfully crafty Fall season! :)

Love this! What a great idea to use a boa! And this really makes me excited for fall. And candy corn!


  1. This is SO cute! I love the little touches of sparkle and the feather boa! So inspired ... pinning!

  2. Thanks for having Brooke, this is a fabulous project!!!

  3. Lovin some Design Stash! Great post!

  4. This is adorable. I love the banner. It gets me so excited for Halloween!

  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Aug. 29, 2012. Thanks again.


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