christmas garland DIY

I do not enjoy DIY.

I enjoy when other people DIY. I enjoy the idea of DIY. I even enjoy getting sparkles on my fingers! but I am not easily convinced to make something when I could probably buy it for a small amount more and a lot less effort. 

I don't know if it's just because I have my own apartment now, or if it's because I'm trying out this whole blogmas ordeal, but I've prepared a DIY for you. I apologize profusely in advance for my poor quality photos, but hey. I'm DIYing my best here (see what I did there?). the best part of this DIY is that it cost roughly $4 to make, and you don't have to be expertly crafty to make this!

so put on your favourite christmas playlist, grab a cup of cider (or echinacea+ tea if you're still fighting off the flu) & lets deck the halls together!

you will need:

- small or medium plastic or glass christmas ornaments (I bought mine at dollarama, and I used about 30)

- wire or twine (string will not work! unless you are a craft goddess. I used silver wire)

- thumbtacks (I used clear ones I had sitting around the house!)

first, measure out how far you want your garland to stretch, and then measure out that amount of wire. I found it useful to give myself roughly an extra half a foot for wire twisting (more on that later!).

then, twist one end of the wire around a thumbtack and push it into the wall. you can then start loading your ornaments onto the wire. I did mine in a bit of a pattern (two gold, one red), but if you want to use more colours or a different concept, feel free!

once all of the balls are on the wire, you can secure the other side of the wire in the same fashion. once secured, you may have to do some positioning and twisting. when I secured my wire, the ornaments all clumped together in the middle like a very holiday themed version of edmonton's worst piece of art. 

now it's time to straighten out the ornaments. this step actually took quite a long time. the ornaments were not very cooperative, so eventually I found myself twisting the wire around the ornament's holster for every red ornament. one red ornament still doesn't sit perfectly, which kind of irks me, but that is a problem for another day!

once you're happy with how it looks, it's time to put up the second piece of wire for christmas card display. if you don't want to display the cards you receive, you're finished! this took significantly less time than the previous activity. I'm considering tying some gold ribbon to the ends of the thumbtacks, but otherwise I think it's a very cute, easy and inexpensive way to decorate your space and display those cards!

if you decide to recreate this DIY, please let me know so I can check it out (and probably copy any wire-placement ideas you come up with!). do you DIY? how do you display your cards (and your level of holly + jolly)? xo.