D.I.Y. / Kids

Felt & Beads Garland


A dear friend reminded me that I used to make garlands and banners out of felt quite a lot back in my university days. They are inexpensive but personalized gifts, and don’t we all just love hanging stuff around our (dorm) rooms then? Felt is a wonderful and forgiving material to work with – it comes in all sorts of colors, it is sturdy enough to stand on its own, it adheres well with textile or simple white glue, and it is very easy to cut. Here is the little something that I have made – hope this will inspire you!

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What You Need:

  • Felt sheets 
  • Beads
  • 1 Piece of String
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Small metallic rings
  • Pliers
  • Textile Glue

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What To Do:

  1. Depending on how many letters and how big you want your garland to be, prepare your felt sheets by cutting into individual pieces for your letters. Mine were 4″ x 5″.
  2. Draft out your letters on the felt pieces and cut them out – you may use a stencil if you have one, print out your favorite font to trace, or just draw them.
  3. I am doing a double-layer for additional strength and color. Use textile glue to stick the layers together.
  4. And now your letters are ready for the next step.
  5. To prepare your letters for stringing, use a pair of scissors to cut 2 small slits (~0.1″) on top (you need 2 for each letter so that your letter will balance well on the string). Using your pliers, slip a metallic ring into each slit.
  6. The final step is assembling. I tied a metallic ring one end for ease of hanging, and I single knot the string before and after each bead to fix them in place.

Felt Name Garland Procedures 29APR2013

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