Big things are coming up at the end of this week when I debut the Girlies’ Day Out photo shoot that I worked on with Lolly Jane Boutique, but until then, I’ll be sharing some of the details that you’ll see in the pictures and how they were created. First up, we have the sparkly garland I created to add a little extra pizzazz and pretty to our super-girly soiree.
The best part about this particular project is that it is ridiculously easy, even if it does take a bit of time to complete. First step is to round-up your materials. For this project, you’ll need:
- gems that are typically used in floral design (my 3-lb. bag came from Wal-Mart for $3)
- fishing line
- small acrylic jewels
- Gorilla Glue liquid cement
Cut your fishing line to the desired length of your garland. Honestly, I guesstimated mine since I didn’t know the exact length I’d need.
Take one gem and place it rounded side down. Squeeze a generous dot of Gorilla Glue on to the flat side and place the fishing line through the glue.
Now carefully place another gem, flat side down, on top of the glue. Basically, you’re creating a glue sandwich. Hold it in place for a few seconds. Now, if you move it while the glue is still really liquid-y, your gems could easily slide off which would leave some awesome Gorilla Glue all over the surface you’re working on. Be super careful the first five or so minutes not to move your “glue sandwich” too much.
Repeat this process with as little or as many “glue sandwiches” as you’d like along your fishing line. My sparkly garlands had the gems spaced out between 4 and 6 inches apart.
I let my garlands dry for a few hours before I moved them. To store them or to move them to another location like I had to, tape one end of your garland to an empty cracker or cookie box and wrap your garland around it, taping the other end down on the box as well when you are finished wrapping. Another hint: work in a well-ventilated area. The lovely Gorilla Glue can give you a wicked headache from the smell. I’m fairly certain I fried a few brain cells while making these; please learn from my mistake.
I can’t wait to show you what the beauties looked like strung up in the tree. They caught the sunlight and added that extra special touch to our photo shoot.
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