Budget Candy Cane Garland
Budget Candy Cane Garland
I really enjoy decorating for Christmas and I try to do it on a budget, because of where I live and a budget it is a real challenge. I have to drive an hour to get to my favorite store, Hobby Lobby.
For a number of years now I have decorated with snowmen, but this year I was trying to change it up a bit. I decided to go a candy cane theme in the kitchen and dining room, well at least red and white. I was having a hard time located anything candy cane related, so I had to do with what I had or could find cheaply.
The lantern I bought a few years ago at a flea market for $15.00, which I thought was a pretty good buy for what I see they cost. I put some fake snow in it, with red and white ornaments and a set of Micro 60 LED Super Bright Rope Lights, that I bought on Amazon.
The wrapped packages are just empty boxes wrapped in red and candy cane paper with white wire ribbon. The ribbon I bought at Hobby Lobby at half price so I got a 90 foot spool for less then $4.00. A super cheap decoration! And the red & white snow man I have had for a while, I bought it at a garage sale. The tree is decorated with mini red bulbs and tiny candy canes, and yes, you guessed it I bought them ornaments at Hobby Lobby, but have had the tree for years.
The garland is made from 21″ red & white Metallic Deco Mesh Ribbon. I bought this at Hobby Lobby at the end of the Christmas season last year at 80% off so I probably paid less then $3.00 for the whole roll. So follow along for the instructions on how to make the mesh garland.
Using red aluminum wire, which probably works the best, but I didn’t have any so I used green floral wire and tripled it so I had enough strength and twisted it together. Then twist red Chenille Stems, pipe cleaners to us oldies, securely around the wire. I measured every 8″ for placing the stems.
Measure your mesh to the length of the wire, if you want tails cut it longer then the wire. Fold up your mesh, gather it like accordion style and wrap the chenille stem tightly around the mesh, pouf it up some and gather it again at the next stem, gather, pouf & attach. If you want more layers just do the process over the first layer of mesh. When finished adding the mesh, twist the stems to the back to hide them.
I didn’t have the wide white mesh so I just used the narrow white and gathered it and secured it on, I am sure it would have looked nicer if I would have used the same width as the red, but that is how it goes when you are making a budget candy cane garland with what you have available.
How were the instructions, were they easy to follow and did you make a garland for yourself?
Deco Mesh Ribbon Bow: http://timewiththea.com/2014/11/21/make-deco-mesh-bow-photo-tutorial/#_a5y_p=4674553