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Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop: Corrugated Cardboard Garland

5 Nov

First things first, the winner of the KM Little Somethings Giveaway, chosen by random.org 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 www.gustoandgraceblog.com

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 www.gustoandgraceblog.com

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 www.gustoandgraceblog.com

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

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland Tutorial www.gustoandgraceblog.com

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

DIY Merry and Bright Ornaments

7 Dec

Southern Weddings is hosting their 4th Annual Ornament swap, and this year I am participating! What a fun way to share a little of life with new people. It feels extra festive to send and swap ornaments all around the country. Inspired by these ornaments I found via Pinterest, I decided to give life to some simple ornaments.


Here is my take on My Attic‘s DIY Christmas Decoration How-To:

What you need:

  • Ornament(s)- I chose to use 10 glittered white pinecones
  • Acrylic paint- I used Calypso Paint Pots by Americana
  • Paint Brushes

Acrylic Paints and Double Dipped Brushes

First, pull the metal caps away from the ornament. Do not pull it completely off. This allows you to set the ornament down to allow it to dry without the paint touching anything. Next, dip your brush in the paint, and paint away! Finally, let the ornaments dry. It is that easy.


I boxed them up and sent them out yesterday. I am excited to see what “handmade” ornaments my swap partners came up with.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

While you are online, check out the websites of the ladies I am swapping with:




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