Things to do:
1. To make the gold seal strand, cut your desired length from the butcher’s twine and tie a knot at each end. Begin at one end of the twine and stick two gold seal’s together, back to back, making sure the twine is running between them. Repeat this process about every 3″ or 4″ until you reach the opposite end.
2. Using your heart craft punch, punch out about 25-30 hearts for a 6ft garland from a sheet of decorative paper. Punch a small hole in each heart on the top right or left side using the tiny paper punch. Cut your desired length from the butcher’s twine and tie a knot at one end. Take one of the punched out hearts and thread the twine through. Slide the heart all the way down, meeting the knot at the end. Tie another knot about 3″ to 4″ from the first heart and thread another heart through. Repeat this process until you have reach the other end of the twine and tie a final knot at the end.
3. Hold your pencil eraser side up in the center of your paper doily. Slow push the paper doily towards the pencil point. Keeping the doily pinched, slowly remove the doily from the end of the pencil. Fold the edges outward a bit, creating petals. Repeat this process until you have enough paper doily flowers for the garland ( 12 flowers is enough for a 6 foot garland).
4. Cut your desired length from the butcher’s twine and tie a knot at one end. Tie another knot about 4″ to 5″ up from the beginning knot. Keep this knot really loose, leave the knot opening to about a 1/2″ wide. Take one of your paper doily flowers and slip the loose knot over the point of the flower. Pull the knot tightly closed, tie another knot to secure the paper doily flower. Continue this process, placing paper doily flowers about every 4″ to 5″ along the twine until you have reached the other end and tie a final knot at the end.
5. To join your garlands, it is best to wait until you have ready to hang them as they can easily get tangled together. You can keep them from getting tangled up until you are ready to use them by wrapping them around a paper towel tube or cardboard scrap. To join them, carefully take one or two of each strand and knot the grouping at both ends. Use these beautiful garlands to trim table, mantles, or even windows!
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