I have been seeing these cute circle garlands around this season and decided to make one of my own. It was a pretty easy project, the most time consuming part was adding glitter. If you did it without glitter you could get a really long garland in a few short hours.
I wanted my garland to be really neutral and antique looking. So I put together this digital paper pack full of 10 antique prints (available here at DHD):
Then I printed out all the patterns. Some I shrunk to 6×6 some I printed full size at 12×12.
I printed 4 full 12×18 sheets. Then I ran each of the sheets through my Cricut having it cut circles. You could easily do this with a hole-punch as well, Though it was nice to leave it cutting for a few minutes while I got other stuff done. I cut several sizes from about .5″ to 1.25″ I recommend cutting more of the larger sizes than the smaller.
Once I removed all the circles from the cutting mat, I then glittered about 50 of them. Some I ran through a xyron and then just stuck the sticky side in the glitter (this was super fast, easy and didn’t have any sewing issues). Some I ran a bead of glitter along the outside of the circle and then dipped it in glitter. These did have some slight issues going through the sewing machine.
Then I ran all the circles through the sewing machine. This was SUPER EASY. At least on my sewing machine. I had the speed set to almost the slowest speed and then just hand-fed circles through it. The feet would pick them up just fine, though I have to clean all the glitter out of it now!
Here I set the garland up on our mantle… It’s not really decorated for Christmas yet, but I love the little circles and you could easily double or triple it up to make it more substantial. Also its a great decoration for a New Years Eve party.
So there you go, a quick, super inexpensive garland for your holiday decorations. Happy Holidays!