Is anyone else feeling those Spring Cleaning vibes due to this VERY early warm weather? I, for one, have really been throwing myself into it already, making it a personal goal to finally check off a couple of long-overdue apartment to dos that are beyond the cleaning part alone. First up? Cheering up those dull bedroom walls of mine while I wait for the perfect time to paint them, and this garland seemed like the perfect fit. Especially since I used to be so into making stuff myself, and put ‘creativity’ up as this month’s theme at the beginning of the year because I missed that so much. It’s super easy to make yourself, as well, so if you - like me - adore a bit of DIYing, especially when it’s to do with the gorgeous moon, take a look below to find out how to go about making your very own garland!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Soft black clay
Soft white clay
Rolling pin (preferably one you don’t use for baking)
Needle + Thread
Optional: Cookie Cutters
The amount of clay you’ll need depends on how big, small or thick you want your moons to be. To give you an idea: mine are rather thin, and I got about 4 moons out of one of these little packets.
I put the cookie cutters up as optional, because if don’t have any AND don’t feel like buying them just for making this (🙋🏻♀️), it’s totally possible to make those shapes without them. All it’ll take is just that tiny bit more inventiveness and fiddling!
01. Take the amount of black clay you need and soften it up by rolling it up into a ball. Repeat according to how many moon phases you want in your garland (anything goes). Soften up a small amount of white clay, too.
02. To give the moons their marbleised effect, stretch each of the black balls (oh, haha) out a bit, add blotches of white clay, and twist/roll it until it appears to your liking. Be careful not to blend the white in too well, because it’ll just disappear into that black clay if you overdo it!
03. Roll out each piece with a rolling pin and cut them into the desired moon phases. Use a toothpick to poke a hole into each of the moons where you want the string to go through.
04. Bake according to the instructions on your clay’s packaging and let cool.
05. Tie your shapes together. Fair warning: this was so confusing that I had to look up the original post by Almost Makes Perfect again and figure out how she did it, so I totally recommend you do the same AND check out some of the other amazing things she makes while you’re there (and note how much better her garland looks, haha)! ;-) You can level them out however you want, make the garland shorter or longer, etc.
06. End by tying a loop at the top of your string and go find the perfect spot to hang it up! I, for one, thumbtacked the bottom of the garland, too, because - uhm - I know my cats (particularly Strummer) and don’t want to tempt them into thinking this is a new toy for them.
Q || Would you like to read more DIY posts like this one? I would love to find out!