Last week someone asked me if I ever messed up on my DIY’s.
I literally laughed so hard that tiny little snorts came out.
Mess up on my DIY’s? Have a project go south? Not turn out like I hoped?
Every. Single. Day.
But this DIY? I didn’t mess it up. Not even a little.
But along the way to making this project?
You’ll never believe what happened.
I finished the project (it only took an entire documentary on King Henry VIII’s palace) in an afternoon.
I took it outside to style it. If you write a blog and you have to photograph things to make them look clean and white and bright you have to take them outside for the best light.
Except it was hot and humid and I started to sweat. It dripped down into my eyes and dripped down my face and under my arms. Beads of sweat were everywhere.
But I’m a professional.
I persevere in the face of sweat. So I styled these flowers and put the camera on a tripod aiming down so I could catch this overhead shot and climbed up a ladder to focus and click the button to take the picture.
Standing there looking down into the camera I felt sweat dripping down the back of my shirt. I swiped at it.
The sweat swiped back.
I jumped off that ladder and danced around on one foot and twisted my shirt and tried to reach around and grab whatever was swiping me.
Around and around I spun.
Grabbing and twisting and turning and spinning and dancing and swiping.
Until I watched in horror—-as a wasp fell out onto the ground.
Then I slowly tiptoed backwards into the house as I watched the wasp fly away.
See what I mean? Sometimes I mess up on the DIY’s.
And sometimes? They mess up on me. 🙂
How to Make a Felt Garland for Summer
Step 1: Choose your felt
Choose wisely. You don’t want felt to be too thick and you don’t want it to be too thin. Choose relatively non-wimpy felt for this project.
Step 2: Cut out flowers
I just cut out a variety of simple flowers and leaves. I think they were left over in my brain from first grade.
Step 3: Punch holes in flowers
You want to use a tiny hole punch for this.
They sell them at the craft store. The smaller the better.
Punch two holes in each flower and one in the leaves.
Step 4: Thread the flower
Using leather cord (you can find it in the jewelry section of the craft store) start at one end and thread the flowers.
Step 5: Keep threading and tie off the end
Continue threading your flowers until your garland is long enough and then tie off the end.
When you are done—the garland will look a little like this.
It’s such a fun addition to your outdoor party or your summer mantel.
PS If you want a fun demonstration of this, I’ll be on Channel 5 tomorrow at 11:00am CST on Talk of the Town showing how to make this garland.
PPS And—as if life couldn’t get any more awesome? I’m heading out right now for Nashville to tape the AUDIO of my new book So Close to Amazing. You can pre-order the book here. The audio book will be available for purchase next month.
I checked my voice before I left.
It’s full of extra exclamation points. 🙂