Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How To: Ideas for Seasonal Garlands

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals


The cool breeze is in the air and despite the seasonal cold and flu symptoms that come along with the seasonal changes, nature also begins to unfold its fall and winter beauty. 
Lets face it, whether you celebrate the holidays or not, if you are a fan of home decor, you can't ignore that with the changes in seasons a change in your home decor concept is also a well merited visual treat. 
In this tutorial we will show you a great idea on how to create a seasonal garland out of thrifty items you may already have stored in your basement or attic. 

Some of the materials we will use for this project are: 


1. Small Pliers 

2. Nylon thread 

3. Spool of rope (thin gauge)

4. Ornament hooks

5. Pine Cones

6. Spray paint (your colors of choice) glossy and flat. 

7. Crystals, glitter ( These can be omitted if you choose) 



Here you see a garland that was purchased years ago at an arts and craft store. We became a bit weary of the look after the years and decided to do away with it by using it for parts in what will become a seasonal garland fit for a winter interior decor in the sun filled  Sunshine State. 


The foliage and the cones were pruned from the original vine by using a small needle nose plier tool. 

A photograph of pine needles used in a seasonal garland

In the above photos we used the needle nose pliers to bend the wires at the end of the pine needles foliage and cones into hooks. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals

a) In this image you can see how we used the nylon thread and grouped three oyster shells forming small clusters. 

Note: Holes were drilled into the shells by means of a rotary tool. To see this please visit our How to re-purpose a Chandelier post. 

b) Each cluster was then linked together about 3-4 inches apart by using a thin gauge spool of rope. ( We will show you how this came together as we move along.)
Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland


The oyster shells were then given some luster by painting them with some gloss white and pearl mist spray paint from Rust-Oleum.

Considering that this is a winter decor idea, the shimmer of the Gloss paint will add to the glitter and glam of the finished product. 

Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland
Here is a look at the oyster shell clusters coming together as a garland. This strand is about 4 feet in length. You may still see some hints of the details that still shows that these are indeed natural shells. 
Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland

Oyster shells linked by a 4feet strand of thin gauge rope is left pending from a hook allowing it to air dry outdoors. 

Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland on a Contemporary Wall Fireplace mantle
Painted Oyster Shells used in making a Holiday Garland on a Contemporary Wall Fireplace mantle

Once dried the garland was then placed onto the mantle of a contemporary wall fireplace. 



In the above images you can see how ornament hooks were used to thread the holes of the crystals that we will use to embellish our oyster shell garland. 
Note: (crystals already come with the holes pre drilled). HURRAY! 

 

a) The Pine Cones used in this project were clipped from its original vine leaving enough of its original wiring.

b) Wire was bent with the needle nose pliers creating a hook. 

c) Ornament hooks were then attached to a few pine cones that needed a lengthier reach. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
A close look at the pine cones, crystal tear drop ornaments and oyster shells in perfect harmony. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

In the above images we left the pine cones in their natural form (natural color). The crystal charms were hung from the pine cones creating a delightful raindrop or frozen ice drop effect, if you will.  

As seen in the photos below, we added some greenery using the remnant of the pine needle foliage. 
Some left over-oversized oyster shells were also attached to the garland in a hanging fashion, as means of adding more impactful visual interest.  
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

Another close up look at the embellishments used to create the jewel filled glam look of this seasonal garland. 

Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops

We decided to experiment a bit with the cones and the pine needles and therefore decided to paint a few sections in flat white and Iced grey spray paint.
Added a few 3 inch crystal teardrops to sit side by side of the hanging shells. 
As you can see, the outcome was truly a treat. A winter wonderland effect. Won't you say !  

The tones were subtle and blended in very well with the rest of the interior decor. 
Holiday Garlands made with Oyster shells, Pine Cones & Crystals Tear Drops as the centerpiece of a contemporary wall fireplace
Another image with the interior lighting dimmed and a pair of tealight candles flanked on each side of the fireback .  

Here is the reason we added this additional Photo: You may have also noticed the blue hue coming from the cans of (alcohol gel fuel) on each side the white fireball which is centered in the fireplace. 

A Short Video on the finished project ! 
(Note: Background music was omitted as means of displaying the natural crackle of the Real Flame gel fuel cans)

Note: For your benefit we also added some of the sites (non-sponsored) we used to purchase some of the inexpensive supplies that were used in this project.




Ornamental Hooks, Spool of rope, Nylon thread:                                                                                    www.walmart.com
Pine needles and comes:                 www.Michaels.com 
Oversized Oyster Shells:                www.homegoods.com
Crystal Tear Drops:                        www.CrystalPrismWorld.com
 FireBalls                                          www.Moderustic.com

You may also view how this Contemporary Floating Fireplace was put together by viewing our previous post here
~ ENJOY~ ! 




















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