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Life can get so hectic with kids in school, holidays looming and the general busyness of everyday life. I know that I often forget to stop and appreciate everything good that we have going on. During this season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to create something tangible that would remind me of what I should be thankful for most of all — my wonderful, irreplaceable, and crazy family!
I decided to incorporate family photos in my project and when I came up with a paper and burlap photo garland, I knew it would be an eye catching decoration piece all year long. I enjoyed partnering with Canon to use my new Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer as the inspiration to create this crafty reminder of what I have to be thankful for! I was easily able to print out the Instagram and smart phone photos I needed to use for this project
Thankful Photo Garland Supplies List:
- thick burlap
- cardstock in your color choice
- family photos
- decorative paper or scrapbook paper
- thick hemp cord or rope
- thin jute cord
- cotton or muslin fabric
- hot glue gun
- Canvas needle
Let’s get started!
Making a decorative paper & burlap garland
First, I used my PIXMA MG7120 Printer to print out a sheet of five favorite photos. The photos were sized at 2 ½” square and I printed them onto matte card stock. Even though my photo originals weren’t the best quality – thanks to my PIXMA — they turned out really well on the matte paper. You could also print them onto matte or glossy photo paper.
Size your photos as big or small as you like. Since mine were 2 ½” square, I cut the burlap a bit larger at 3 ½” square. Be sure to use fray check on the edges of the burlap, just to keep them from unraveling further. Using glue dots to hold the photos in place on the burlap, tack down the corners of the photos with a few overcast stitches in a complementary color of jute cord.
To make the six decorative paper accordion flowers — cut:
- six 2″ circles out of cardstock
- twelve 2″ x 11″ strips out of colored cardstock
- twelve 1 1/2″ x 11″ strips out of a decorative paper
I made my own decorative paper by printing free sheet music and penmanship graphics that I found online. I just enlarged the graphics and printed them onto parchment specialty paper for a vintage look. Using my MG7120 printer’s borderless photo option made the images extend across the paper while keeping the prints nice and crisp.
Take each strip of paper and make ½” folds along the length of each one. Attach two strips together to form one long strip then attach the ends to create a circle. Do this with all of the strips. You’ll end up with 6 of each size. Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue is perfect for impatient folks like me!
After the circles are dry, gently flatten each one by pushing the top down towards the center — put a dab of hot glue in the center to hold. Glue a cardstock circle to the center back of each large flower. Hot glue one small flower to the top of each larger cardstock flower. To spell out the word “FAMILY,” I used a print out of vintage letters I had previously bought on Etsy. You can easily create your own — just use a graphic program to make 1″ circles and place a letter inside each circle. Glue one letter to the center of each flower.
Alternately, you could hot glue large vintage buttons to the centers of each flower — this would look adorable and really add some personality!
Tie a double knot on one end of the thick hemp cord, leaving a loop for hanging. To add a soft rustic touch, I tore cotton fabric into 1″ wide strips and knotted them all along the cord. You could also add twine, yarn, jute or even ribbon for added color — I wanted to keep mine in neutral colors so I didn’t add any extras.
Using more of the jute cord, tie the burlap photo frames onto the hemp cord. Then, hot glue the paper flowers directly to the cord (this is where that paper circle on the back really helps the hot glue stick to the cord!) Alternating the photos with the flowers makes for a nice symmetrical look. You can always add more knotted fabric strips if your garland is looking too sparse. Tie another double knot with a loop at the opposite end and your garland is ready to hang!
I absolutely love my photo garland as a window decoration. It looks so pretty with my ruffled valance — they’re the same soft shades of cream and browns! I think I’ll make another shorter garland with the word “LOVE,” to decorate the wall above the TV set!
How do you remind yourself to slow down and be thankful for the people in your life?