DIY Basics: Knotted Felt and Leather Garland
It should be no secret that we’re rather batty over garlands here at Brit HQ. They’re an easy way to add festive cheer to just about any event, and the holidays are no exception. We’ve already shared our favorite DIY holiday garlands from all over the web, but it’s time to serve up a brand new one of our own. Inspired by this fun Anthropologie garland, our Knotted Felt and Leather Garland is colorful, cozy, and the materials cost less than $5! Read on to see how it’s done.
<br/>– 6 9×12-inch felt sheets (yields a 4-foot garland)
– 1 piece of leather or faux leather
– fabric scissors
1. Cut felt lengthwise into 1-inch strips.
2. Cut each strip in half.
3. Tie each piece of felt into a knot, where the knot is situated in the middle of the strip.
4. Repeat with all your felt.
5. Thread a needle but leave the thread on the spool (so you can keep the garland going as long as possible).
6. Stick the needle through the center knot of a piece of felt.
7. Repeat with all your felt knots until you’re done!
8. Hang on a mantel, a tree, or on the wall.
For color palette, we went with a more gem tone set of hues rather than the traditional red, green, gold, and silver.
First, cut your felt lengthwise into 1-inch strips. Then cut these strips in half. Tie each strip into a knot, situating the knot right in the center of the strip.
Do the same with all of your felt.
And your leather!
Now you should have a pile of bows that looks something like this.
Thread your needle but keep the thread attached to the spool. This makes it so you can make your garland as long as possible, and can even cut more felt if you get to the end and want it even longer. Stick the needle through the center knot of your first felt knot.
Continue on with all your felt knots.
Keep on going — you’re almost done!
Voila! Tie off both ends and you’re ready to hang this sucker up.
We adorned our mantel to add a rich pop of color to an otherwise gold and white scene.
What type of DIY garlands have you made for the holidays? Or any other event? Talk to us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)