Half-Ass DIY

Half-Ass DIY Cactus Garland

Hey Guys, Hey!

Today we are going to talk about the Half-Ass DIY Cactus Garland!  I am unsure why, but lately I have been really into Cactus sh*t.  I have been going over and over and over different ideas for over the couch art ideas.  Then I found a canvas cactus watercolor print at Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap and thought – THAT’S IT!  It’s in my budget and I like it – win  win!  So there was my jumping off point.  Then I found a smaller canvas with a almost identical watercolor print.  Now what could I do to add some texture and movement to the wall????  I thought what about some kind of garland that I can design?  Then evolved the Cactus Garland idea.  I decided to go with felt – that would add some texture and then I could get some other things to add to it to get the texture I was looking for.

The list of supplies to get started:

  • Heavier Felt (11×17 – 3) – I went with dark green for the base of all the Cacuts shapes.
  • Felt (8×10 – 2 of each color) – I picked a lime(y) green and aqua.
  • Leather Cording
  • Pom Poms (of coordinating greens and a pack of small white)
  • Fabric Glue/Hot Glue Gun – For me this fabric glue did not work- I ended up going with the regular glue gun.
  • 4 – 8.5×11 plain card stock pieces of paper
  • Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • Yarn (was for the decorative tassels at the top of the photo)

 

I suggest getting a treat to get this Half-Ass Sh*t DONE!!! Add a coffee or soda put on your fave playlist and you have a great afternoon set to go 🙂 (by the way, that brownie was amazing)

First make a stencil.  You can get some pics off line to trace or free-hand them like I did.  They ended up being around 7.5″ tall.  You can make any size that works for your space.  Then I cut out the card stock and traced them onto the heavier felt. Since I am a half-asser, I wasn’t sure how many I would need (I could have measured the spot that I wanted to hang them and that jazz – but, NAH)  – so I just fit as many to a sheet that I could.

Now comes the fun part!  Time to get creative!  If you have Little’s this is a fun project to do.  Let me remind you that this does NOT have to be perfect!  The imperfections of your designs are what make this unique and enjoyable for the eye to look at. (Remember that!!!)

I separated all the different colors into little bowls and we sat down and got to designing!  FUN!!!  Look at that level of concentration!

After some trial and error on the different shapes this is the final document that we ended up with.  I let them dry on the stove, pulled all the hot glue strings off and then punched a hole in the top to string the leather cording through.  I had trouble getting the cacti to stay exactly where I wanted on the leather cording so I hot glued them on the back.

And here is the finished look!!!!

 

 

Design on- in this beautifully undesigned life,

Kari

 

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2 Comments

  • Diane Zywicki

    July 7, 2017

    Love the Half-Ass Cactus garland! Very cute!

    • LiddicoatDesigns

      July 9, 2017

      Thanks so much!

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