Google+ House Revivals: Nature Inspired Vintage Style Garland

Friday, April 8, 2011

Nature Inspired Vintage Style Garland

Hi friends!  Many of you probably saw this post over at Beckie's last week.  She was so sweet to allow me to guest post at her wonderful blog Infarrantly Creative.  If you missed it at Beckie's, here it is.

While we remodel our house, we're living in a tiny city apartment with a rooftop garden.  The garden has some beautiful blooming shrubs.  They are really lovely right now and inspired me to create this simple spring garland.


The shrubs look a bit like a Pussy Willow, but the branching pattern is different.  With some research, we discovered they are a variety of Japanese Magnolia.


The buds are velvety soft, and open up for these lovely white flowers to emerge.  Eventually, the entire shrub will be covered in these white blossoms.


The garland interpretation is not literal -- it's just inspired by the simple exuberance of the blooms.


I wanted to keep the form simple, adding interest by layering texture. This was done by using a combination of vintage crepe paper, crinoline, and vintage book paper.  You don't need to use exactly what I used to create a similar effect -- just use what you have on hand.  Maybe you have an old silk blouse, some cheesecloth, and a binder of old hand-written college notes?   You could even use your junk mail!


Begin by cutting your materials into strips and cutting a fringe into both long sides, as shown here.  The size you use will depend on the width and fullness you want for your flower.  I used pieces about seven inches long by about two and one-half to three inches wide, depending on which layer I was cutting.


You can stack your strips, cutting several layers at a time, if you wish.


Then tie each strip into a little bundle, using string or thread or wire.


Layer your bundles as desired and tie them together.  Then fluff and coax your flowers into shape.


I actually added the book page layer last, gluing it to the back perpendicular to the other layers to sort of "fill out" the flowers.  The centers are simply tiny scraps of crepe paper, about three-quarters of an inch square, snipped into fringe and glued down.  You could use bits of fabric, string or yarn -- even a button or bead.


The flowers were glued to lengths of finger crocheted thread to create a garland.  Again, you'll want to use whatever you have on hand for this -- it could be torn strips of fabric, selvages, twine, even wire -- just use what's handy.


I layered my garland with lengths of torn draped crinoline.


On a difficulty scale between one and ten, I'd give this project about a three (owing mostly to having to clean up all the little snippets of string and thread and paper -- I had it all over my clothes, on my desk, and on the carpet before I was finished)!


 This is a fun, forgiving craft.  Imperfectly inspired by nature -- not a perfect imitation of nature.


What inspires you to create?

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59 comments:

  1. oh this is so lovely Amanda! it's so fragile and delicate looking. The flower you got your inspiration from is really pretty too - does it smell good too? The tulip Magnolias smell really good, so I wondered about the Japanese one.

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  2. This would be very pretty for a country wedding....not that I'm planning, mind you....just dreaming.

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  3. Thanks for walking us through the steps your wedding garland takes...

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  4. Amanda, I just love it! Something that is completely unique in all the world. ~diane

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  5. I love this...how beautiful! You did a great job!!!

    amber @ barbwired

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  6. So pretty! I love it!

    PS - found you over at the Remodelaholic linky and am your newest follower :)

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  7. Wow! This is really beautiful...I'm starting a spring wreath and think I'll add flowers like these! Thank you!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous and completely unique!! I could see using these lovely flowers on all sort of things. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    ps - I'm your newest follower :)

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! It so spring to me. I could see these on pillows too or worn as a broach on a sweater or scarf. LOVE it!

    Featured on FJI Facebook for SNS #76. :)

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    Donna

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  10. You garland is SPECTACULAR!!! I would LOVE to have you link it up at our Sister Sunday Link Party. www.SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com
    Amy

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  11. Oh your garland is just absolutely charming! I love it- sharing on FB- thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  12. Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful! I love it!

    Tania

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this garland! It's so pretty!
    Jen
    Scissors & SPatulas

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  14. Those flowers are adorable! loving the garland! xoxo, tracie

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  15. these are so pretty! I love the mix of the fabric and the book pages, SUCH a good idea

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-2-and-features.html

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  16. This is gorgeous...I am so in love with it. It is pretty and delicate with that vintage sightly tattered edge...amazing. I just shared it on FB and liked you on FB!
    Holly

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  17. This is beautiful and so sweet, btw nice name!

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  18. So, so pretty Amanda!!! I love it. I really do! I featured it on my blog today.:) xoxo

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  19. Amanda... very pretty garland! great tute too!
    thanks for linking up!
    gail

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  20. This is seriously awesome!! I love the different textures and how elegant and simple this is to make. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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  21. We are featuring your gorgeous garland this weekend. thanks for linking up to Sister Sunday!!
    Amy
    www.SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

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  22. It's so beautiful. I just love it to bits

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  23. These are so pretty!! I love the flowers that inspired these, they are beautiful!!

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  24. It's wonderful and your star magnolia is gorgeous. Thanks for visiting our blog today to see our magnolias LOL! :O)

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  26. Soooo glad you linked this up! LOVE!! Featured you yet again, this time for SNS 107. :)

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