Sunday, November 30, 2014

DIY Vintage Postcard Christmas Garland

Anybody that's been to our house knows that I love garlands and the Christmas season is just another excuse for me to make and display more! Our POSTCARD CHRISTMAS GARLANDS are some of the quickest and easiest to make, plus they add a lot of character to the room. We have two postcard garlands in our house...one hangs across a wide doorway and the other under a mantel...both are made a little differently. 



The first VINTAGE POSTCARD GARLAND is one that I made new this year. I found a huge collection of postcards at a local antique store a couple weeks ago and knew that I had to do something with them. I carefully went through the postcards, all from the early 1900s, and picked out some of my favorites...some I chose because of the bright and colorful picture on the front and others because of the endearing (or humorous) message written on the back. 




Since these postcards were old I didn't want to damage them in any way, so I decided to clip them to a vintage-looking string with mini-clothespins. It was that easy. You can add an old ornament or a prism, as we did, in the middle as well. I just love ours!



The second POSTCARD GARLAND is one that I made a few years ago out of new, but old looking postcards. Have you ever read any of the "Flower Fairy" books by Cicely Mary Barker? The illustrations are just beautiful! 


I once found these postcards with the "Flower Fairies" depicted on them and knew it'd be perfect for a garland. No, these fairies aren't necessarily Christmassy, but I like things a little different, a little unpredictable. This garland celebrates all things magical about the Christmas season. To make this garland, I punched holes in the tops of the postcards and strung them up. On the ends I tied a few strips of fabric, just some scraps out of my scrap pile. And that's it! Simple, but definitely cute and fun! 



Enjoy! 

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