Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop: Corrugated Cardboard Garland

5 Nov

First things first, the winner of the KM Little Somethings Giveaway, chosen by is Katy!

Last month I went to a holiday display workshop at Anthropologie. I wanted to share the garland I made, but thought October was to early for too many Christmas posts. The garlands are simple to replicate. They have a pinecone quality.

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland Tutorial

I love Anthropologie windows and displays. I especially love how most of them are handcrafted at each individual store making them all unique. Did you know they donate many of their displays to charity or auction them off and donate the proceeds? What they don’t donate, they try to reuse and re-purpose.

Now on with making or Christmas trees as chic as their stores!

DIY Anthropologie Christmas Garland

To make the cardboard festoons, start but cutting out corrugated cardboard into shapes like the ones seen below.

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland 2013 www.gustoandgraceblog.comNext, hot glue two paperclips to the widest part of each piece of cardboard so a small metal loop hangs off each edge. Roll the cardboard tightly, hot gluing in the middle, and when you reach the end. Use Rub ‘n Buff  to give the bauble a golden glow. Apply a small amount of glue in one or two places on each piece of rolled cardboard. Cover the glue with gold or bronze  leafing. Use a small, dry paintbrush to form the leafing to the cardboard. I love the green and red tones you get from the bronze leafing.

Anthropologie Garland Tutorial  Bronze Leafing

Use paperclips to attach the baubles together, then trim the tree!

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland Tutorial

See? So simple! Let me know if you try it!

16 Responses to “Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop: Corrugated Cardboard Garland”

  1. Maryn at 10:57 AM #

    Love this Dominique and love how you are already in the holiday spirit! It’s never too early in my opinion… 😉

  2. Caitlin at 3:12 PM #

    Cool! How did you get in on that workshop?

    • gusto&grace at 9:05 AM #

      They advertise them on their website! I walked in on one last year, but couldn’t join in so I looked for it this year.

  3. Val at 6:30 PM #

    OH! I want to MAKE those!!! 😀

  4. Sarah at 5:37 PM #

    So excited to make these! I recently adopted a kitten, first cat I’ve had since I was young. I was worried for all the glass ornaments he would surely break and have been looking for a substitute. Beautiful!

    • gusto&grace at 1:50 PM #

      Good thinking! I’m curious how my dog, Nola will do around the tree this year.This will be her first Christmas with my husband and I.

  5. Karen at 8:05 PM #

    So fun! I went to a workshop in our area and we used cardboard and rubber bands. I love these!

    • gusto&grace at 9:03 AM #

      I’d love to see what you made! I love how Anthropologie uses such common objects to make such magnificent displays.

  6. shae pendleton at 10:11 AM #

    I love love LOVE this idea! I still haven’t been to any of Anthropologie’s workshops… do they let you take home what you make, or are you making decor for their displays?

    • gusto&grace at 1:49 PM #

      Some of both! I took some home, and left some for the trees in the store.

  7. Andreia at 10:11 AM #

    Hello I discovered this tutorial in Pinterest and since then your lovely images stuck in my head. So I decided that I must try and do them for my Christmas tree, and that was what I’ve done in this past weekend!

    Thank for your suggestion and have a lovely day 😉

  8. Laurie at 1:45 PM #

    I did this workshop at one of the Anthropologie stores in CA and I loved it. I tried to make more but couldn’t find any corrugated cardboard. Any ideas where I could find some.

    • gusto&grace at 1:51 PM #

      Uline, Amazon, and Staples are all great resources for rolls of corrugated cardboard. Uline is actually a favorite party resource of mine. I picked up all the muslin favor bags for my wedding for less than $15.


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