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Last year, I got a mantle up for our stockings AND I got to decorate it with lots of festive garlands and knick knacks.
I was in heaven!
Handmade Partridge and Pears Garland for the Holidays featuring Cricut
So this year, I decided to continue with that decorating scheme and make a fun felt handmade partridge and pears garland for the holidays!
It was so easy to whip this DIY project up in one evening.
I followed the instructions for the project exactly except, at the end, instead of using the jute to make individual loops on each ornament.
I used it to make one long strand with the birds and pears glued along it.
So, here's what I did:
In Cricut Design Space, follow the instructions to cut out your felt shapes (remember to calculate and apply the number of each pear/partridge that you need to cut).
Layer shapes together and adhere with hot glue. You'll end up with the two-sided pears and partridges.
Use the embroidery thread to stitch embellishments, as desired. I use three strands to make my running stitch embellishments.
I still cannot believe how easy and smooth cutting felt with my Cricut Maker is!
I was able to cut all the felt in under 20 minutes (I made 8 of each shape) and watch TV at the same time.
Stitching the shapes up with the embroidery thread took a little longer (about an hour) but you could skip this step completely and the project would still look really cute.
I love how this little garland is Christmas-y without screaming “MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL!”.
How will you personalize your handmade partridge and pears garland for the holidays?
By the way, the project calls for cutting this using a Strong Grip mat and a Deep Cut Blade but I used my Strong Grip mat and a Rotary Blade and it worked just fine.