DIY: West Elm 4th of July Garland

One of my favorite home stores is West Elm. They’ve got great, stylish furniture and home accessories and – for the most part – it’s all very reasonable. When I moved last fall I turned to West Elm for a lot of pieces to make my new home feel like home. 
Well, the other week I decided to pop-in to the store to browse for fun. While there I spotted a cute burlap garland that would be perfect for the 4th of July! But, what wasn’t perfect was the price – $12 for a simple garland?! Phooey I thought, I can make that. And I did, and so can you – and here’s how!
Supplies Needed: 1/4 yard of burlap, acrylic paint, foam brush, scrap piece of cardboard, scissors, 1 package of white bias tape, pins.

DIY Steps:

1. Cut your burlap into 9 3×5 inch rectangles. If you don’t want to use burlap you could use any fabric, but I’d recommend a heavy weight solid color. 
Step 1: Cut 9 3×5 Rectangles
2. Lay out the bias tape on the floor. Measure 9-inches from one end and place first burlap rectangle and lay remaining rectangles so they are 3-inches apart from each other). 
3. Pin rectangles to the bias tape. 
Steps 2 & 3: Place and Pin Burlap to Bias Tape
4. Using your sewing machine (or hot glue gun), secure rectangles to bias tape. 
5. Make a stencil out of your scrap cardboard. I chose a star for the 4th of July, but you could do a heart for Valentine’s day, a clover (for St. Patrick’s, a pumpkin for Halloween… endless possibilities.
Step 5: Make Stencil
6. Center the stencil on the burlap rectangle and use your foam brush to apply the paint. 
Step 6: Apply Stencil to Burlap Rectangles
7. Let dry for 2-4 hours. 
8. Hang, pat yourself on the back, and say “Neener-Neener” to West Elm!

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