Spring Garland with A Pretty Life in the Suburbs!

Hi, I’m Jo-Anna from the blog, A Pretty Life in the Suburbs!
I am a stay-at-home wife and mom to 3, home maker, self proclaimed chef and decorator wanna be!
I love to make my world fun, fabulous, and pretty!
And I love to blog about it all!
I hope you will stop by sometime to find some inspiration!
I am sooooo excited and honoured to be guest posting over here at I heart nap time!
Thank you SO much Jamielyn!So, a while back I made a Valentines Yarn Ball Garland, that seemed to be a hit with some folks, so I thought I’d give this project another shot, but with an Easter inspiration!
I adore twigs, yarn balls, pastel colours, birdhouses and eggs, and what better way is there than to tie them all together into one project!Here is a little tutorial on my Easter Inspired Yarn Ball & Twig Garland!Hope you enjoy it!

What you need:
yarn:  I used 2 different colours
styrofoam balls:  I used 3 different sizes (8 large, 6 medium, 5 small)
twigs:  mine are all about 2-3 feet long.  Have enough for the base, and a few extra to tuck in at the end.
embellishments:  I used tiny bird houses and easter eggs that I bought at Michaels.
glue gun
Let’s Get Started! 

1.  First, wrap the yarn balls.  Wrap, wrap wrap.  Secure with glue.
2.  Then I made some pompoms (5).  I make these really rough and quick:
Wrap the yarn around 2 fingers until you get a good amount of yarn (about 60 times).
Snip the yarn from the yarn ball, then carefully slide the chunk off of your fingers.
Then run a piece of yarn through the centre of the bunch.  Pull tight, and tie a knot.

Cut the outer edges of the bunch all the way around.


And then you have a cute little pompom!

3.  Next line up the twigs to make your base.
I lined them up the length I wanted my garland to span,
which was the approximate length of my fireplace mantle (about 6 feet).
Remember to keep some extra twigs for tucking in after all the balls & stuff are attached.
4.  Secure your base of twigs using what ever you wish.
I just used twine and knotted it into bows.
I tied them around the bunch of twigs, about every foot or so, to keep them all together.

5.  Now it’s time for the fun stuff, putting it all together!
I find the best way to get started doing this, is to line up all your balls, pompoms and embellishments, along your base, approximately where you want them.

6.  Using my glue gun, (and for the first time ever, I did not burn myself!!) I secured the biggest yarn balls on first, then went from there.  I put all the balls on, then the eggs, then the birdhouses, and filled in spaces with the pompoms.

7.  You are almost done!  Once everything is glued on, step back and look for gaps.

Fill er’ up with your extra twigs – this makes it look so rustic and spring-y!  Especially if you are lucky enough to have pussy willows right now!  We however do not, but these twigs are perfect – homegrown and brought specially to me by my mom!

Voila, you are done!

A view of the garland on my mantle.
Love how rustic and soft it looks!
A close up!  
I wrapped the yarn balls 2 different ways – one randomly, and the other a little more precise.
Aren’t the little eggs and bird houses so cute!
Then for extra fun, I tucked in these little cutie-pie chicks!  Seriously so cute!
Thanks again so much!  Come by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs sometime!
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. CAS posted on March 23, 2011 at 5:14 am (#

    That is so darn cute. Wait, it's beyond cute, it's adorable & so simple. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Terry posted on March 23, 2011 at 5:38 am (#

    This is super cute! I love all the soft colors and the little bird houses are adorable! Great project!

  3. Heather L. posted on March 23, 2011 at 6:29 am (#

    This is SO pretty! I love it!

  4. Jocelyn posted on March 23, 2011 at 6:31 am (#

    So beautiful!!!! Love it…I am going out to buy the supplies!!!

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

  5. Jayna Rae posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:31 am (#

    It is Oh so Springy!!! I LOVE it.

  6. The Wille's posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:43 am (#

    The contrast between the rough twigs and soft yarn is just brilliant!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Barb posted on March 23, 2011 at 9:04 am (#

    This is absolutely awesome!

  8. Terry posted on March 23, 2011 at 9:05 am (#

    Super sweet. Love it!

  9. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs posted on March 23, 2011 at 11:23 am (#

    Thank you so much for the feature! And all the lovely comments!

  10. Melissa posted on March 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm (#

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for Stylish Blogger Award!

  11. Kelsey posted on March 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm (#

    I love this! I wish I had a mantle!!

  12. lauren@warmandfuzzy posted on March 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm (#

    This is so cute! I wish I had a mantle…i am so in love with yarn balls at this moment I want them all over my house. So cute!

  13. Heather posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm (#

    That is amazingly creative! I love it!

  14. Prairie Patch posted on March 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm (#

    This is so beautiful. I love the colors and how rustic, yet sweetly pastel, it looks.

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  15. http://sassandfrasscrafts.blogspot.com/ posted on March 24, 2011 at 4:54 am (#

    That is just the sweetest thing. I love it. Very, very clever.

  16. Kara posted on March 24, 2011 at 11:19 am (#

    I am so in love with this project! You have such a great eye for decorating. Now if only I had a mantle…. there has to be somewhere to put one of these in a small apartment… :)


  17. Angie posted on March 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm (#

    Wow, you are one super crafty girl! This is darling!

  18. Vixen posted on March 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm (#

    Aww, I love how soft and pretty this is! And the colors remind me so much of Easter! Beautiful! She did such a wonderful job! I linked it up to my blog: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/03/spring-decor-inspiration.html

  19. Katie's Nesting Spot posted on March 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm (#

    Really gorgeous, I think this is my favorite incarnation of that garland! I remember beign impressed with the Valentine one and featuring it on my Thursday Linky party A Crafty Soiree.

  20. Nelson Grubb posted on March 25, 2012 at 5:21 am (#

    Amazing Article