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Silver & White Christmas Garland – Christmas In July

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Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

 

 

I know it’s hot outside, so we are mentally cooling things down a little by bringing you Christmas in July!  

I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggy friends and every Wednesday in July we have been sharing and linking up Christmas themed projects!  It has been a lot of fun!  We wrap things up this week with an easy Silver and White Christmas Garland.

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Christmas in July is being hosted at these awesome blogs:

2 Crochet Hooks
Across The Blvd.
SewCraftyCrochet
The Boondocks Blog
One Mama’s Daily Drama
My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Purple Hues and Me
Stone Cottage Adventures
Purfylle
Olives-n-Okra

It’s never to early to be inspired by fabulous Christmas ideas!This week I’m sharing a lovely Christmas garland. White and Silver come together beautifully with twine to create a simple yet elegant garland.  If twine is too rustic for you – use a ribbon to dress it up to match your own fabulous style.

 

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

Supplies used:

Air-Dry Clay
Star Cookie Cutter
Rolling Pin
Sheet of Freezer Paper (or wax paper)
Bamboo Skewer (or a pencil or paint brush)
Jingle Bells
Twine
Fine Grit Sandpaper
White Spray Paint  (optional)

When thinking up Christmas projects to share with you, I spied a tub of air dry clay I purchased months ago, but had yet to use for a project.  I decided to give it a try to make the stars for this project with the clay.

I laid down a sheet of freezer paper to help keep the clay from sticking to the surface as I rolled it out.  I like to use freezer paper because it is sturdier than wax paper.    I used a length of copper pipe to roll out the clay because it was smooth and it was handy.  What? You don’t have a piece of copper pipe?  I’m sure a standard rolling-pin would work just as well.

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

I used a medium-sized star cookie cutter.  The clay did stick a little to the freezer paper as I pulled them up, and they stretched slightly out of shape too.  I ended up getting a small spatula to help lift them off the paper.

The star shapes were not exactly perfect and most of the points were rounded.  I took a few seconds to consider this, and decided that they were perfectly fine.

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

Make a hole in the top of each star for hanging.  Use a bamboo skewer, a pencil tip or the end of a paint brush.

Make sure the hole is large enough for the twine (ribbon) you want to use to be able to easily pass through.

 

Tip:  Don’t put the hole too close to the end of a star tip because the tips are more fragile. 

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

Let the clay dry completely.  The dry time will depend on the thickness of the clay.  Mine took 2 days to completely dry.    I used a fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand the tops to smooth over a few rough spots.

The pictures above were taken at night, and the stars look yellow-tan.  They are actually a natural white color and not yellow.

I wanted stars that were ultra white, so I spray painted them with a gloss white spray paint and waited another 24 hours for the paint to dry.

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

To put it all together, cut a length of twine (ribbon) and alternate stringing jingle bells and stars.  Hang and enjoy!

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

If you enjoyed this project, please pin it!  Thank you for sharing!

Simplicity is the order of the day for this easy Silver & White Christmas Garland. Silver bells and white air dry clay white stars strung together with twine.

We invite you to hop around and visit the other blog projects that are linked up.  Why not join in the fun?  Link up your own new or old Christmas posts to share.

Thanks so much to everyone who has participated in Christmas In July!




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14 Comment

  1. Laurie!!
    Love it!! hanks so much for sharing and hosting this great Christmas party!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you Debbie! This party has been so much fun, sorry to see the end of these happy Christmas posts!

  2. Reply
    Gail @Purple Hues and Me
    July 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

    This is one of my favorite Christmas garlands! There's something about the simplicity of the white stars and bells that makes it so appealing! Love it!

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much Gail. Looking forward to hanging this one on my tree this year.

  3. Reply
    Beverly Roderick
    July 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Your garland looks wonderful, Laurie! I've never worked with air dry clay, but it's going on my shopping list. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you Beverly. I'm having some fun with the air dry clay!

  4. Reply
    Julie's Lifestyle
    July 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Laurie, I love your pretty garland you made. You are so creative!! 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you Julie! Appreciate your visit. Hope you have a great week too!

  5. Reply
    Crochet Hooks
    July 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    how fun and how easy AND this could be left up year round (not that I am picky, I leave my lights up year round after all) so totally awesome! There's something fun about the sound of jingle bells!

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Millie! I'd leave it up all year if my cats would leave it alone – they like the sound of those jingle bells 🙂 Have a great week!

  6. Reply
    fabulosa
    July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Laurie… I had so much fun sharing my Christmas posts at this pty. Great idea for sharing Christmas in the middle of the year. Thanks Laurie.

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      July 28, 2016 at 5:40 am

      That's wonderful! We are happy to have you join in the fun! Thanks so much for linking up!

  7. Reply
    Audra @ Renewed Projects
    August 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I am a star nut and just love your garland! The twine is perfect, makes it versatile for year 'round. Pinning to my stars board.

    1. Reply
      Laurie
      August 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Glad you link it Audra. Hope you can make one for yourself and I really appreciate the pin too 🙂 Thank you!

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