One of my favorite parts of little Evie's nursery is the feather garland hanging over her crib. Not just because it adds a pretty shade of blush to our mostly neutral nursery, but because it was a d.i.y decoration from our wedding that we saved for a "future room." So whenever I walk into her room I'm taken back to that magical September evening.
Not only did it play an important part in our wedding, but the crafting my husband and I did together to make these garlands that summer created memories in itself. Truth be told, my husband, Jon, is the crafty one in our relationship. His creativity and attention to details and measurements make him suited for crafts like these, plus he has way more patience than I do. So in general, I art direct the projects in our house and he steps in and helps them become a reality when I'm frustrated, covered in glue and glitter. It's very much a mirror of our relationship - and I couldn't be more thankful that he loves helping me craft as much as I love the idea of crafting. Here's how we made the garland.
Glitter Dipped Feather Garland:
After I showed Jon my inspiration and color scheme we got started. I glittered each feather, exactly like Jamie glittered her feathers for her feather mobile. I simply sprayed the feather tips with adhesive glue and dipped each feather in gold glitter. I then added gold findings and jump rings to each feather. I used pliers to really close the findings tightly around the stem of the feather and attached the jump ring on top so they could easily thread through any twine or string. Then Jon took over!
- Unroll a little more of the twine than the desired final length of the garland you want out on the floor. Without cutting it, continue to unroll the twine back over what you already unrolled and go at least another 25% in length (you can do more and always trim it later) and then cut the twine off the roll.
- Then make a loop on the closed end of the garland and tie a knot. This will end up being one end of your final garland. Loop that onto a hook, nail in the wall, or something else that is capable of keeping one end in place.
- Start sliding on feathers onto the shorter end of the twine through the jump rings. Once you have about as many feathers as you think you would like (one per every inch or so is a fine ratio) you are ready to start looping the longer end through the rings. Make a loop at the end of this string and attach to another hook or steady object, keeping the feathers suspended on it's half of the twine.
- You'll want to take the longer, non feathered end of the string and string the first jump ring (the feather hanging closest to your closed loop end) by sliding your first feather towards the closed end and threading the string backwards through that ring. Pull that long piece of string all the way through the ring until you have the string fully through and pull it over that ring, proceeding to the next one which you will then thread backwards through and up and over. Do not pull it too tight- you want to keep the somewhat loose, flouncy effect.
- Continue to thread backwards through the ring, pulling the string through the ring, out, and over the top each time making loops through each ring going backwards, through, out, up and over.
Then hang the garland somewhere special!
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)