Raise your hand if you remember School House Rock.
It was the BEST.
There were bills sitting on Capitol Hill who got stuck in committee and Lolly selling adverbs and conjunction junction hooking up words and phrases and clauses and that galaxy girl Interplanetary Janet who was a solar system miss from another world.
It came on every Saturday morning when I would watch cartoons.
It existed before Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or phones that start with I
A time when social and media would never have even been used in the same sentence. A time when people read books and wrote letters and baked pies for each other and met at the fence and had actual face-to-face conversations.
And watched School House Rock.
And one my favorites?
She sat in a chair with her messy bun and her glasses and turned a chair into a rocking chair and inspired Thomas Alva Edison to give his mother light and inspired Samuel Morse to send messages across the pike and Alexander Graham Bell to invent a way of talking on a thing called a phone.
Way before it ever started with an I.
She is amazing.
Because necessity is always the mother of invention.
Like this garland.
I wanted a white garland with berries.
I had the idea in my fall decorating mind and I could not let it go.
Except no one makes it.
I looked everywhere. I shopped until I dropped and all to no avail. There were orange garlands and red garlands and green garlands and garlands with pumpkins and garland with straw.
But nowhere on this planet could I find a white garland with berries.
I remembered Mother Necessity.
And made my own.
DIY Fall Garland
1. Find stems
I started with these stems I found at Michael’s for half price.
They were the perfect color and super inexpensive and even came with their own berries.
I bought five of them to make my own garland.
2. cut floral wire
Here’s the floral wire that I cut into 5″ pieces.
You’ll need about 10 pieces of floral wire.
I like green because it blended in better with the dark stems.
3. wire the first stem
I threaded the wire through the first stem and twisted.
You can see here how I twisted the wire and left the ends up in the air.
Make sure this wire it twisted as tightly as possible.
4. Layer in the next stem
Add the next stem to the first stem and wire it onto the garland.
Secure it tightly.
Use another piece of wire to wire the back part of the leaves together.
5. Wire the next stem
Repeat steps 3 and 4 with another stem.
Keep adding floral stems until you have the length of garland that you need.
Here’s my finished garland on the sign.
It was so easy to drape.
You just twist the garland around and attach it to the sign with duck tape.
And this would have been an AMAZING project if this were the end of the story.
It would have been amazing if I had School Housed my way through the project and put an exclamation combined with a conjunction and a phrase and left the building.
Except it didn’t end there.
Five minutes after I hung this garland I came back into the room to find it ALL OVER THE FLOOR.
My beautiful stem garland fell apart. I didn’t use enough wire to hold it all together.
I didn’t sweat it. I had my School House rock to inspire me.
I just reached for the duck tape and taped all the stems directly to the sign.
I went all Alexander Graham Bell and invented a new way to create my own garland that just involved duck tape and floral stems.
Thanks Mother Necessity.
You are still alive and well in 2019.