Last year I did my Thanksgiving Mantel with natural materials – burlap, leaves and foliage from around my yard and candles. This year I had found some leaf and pumpkin shapes at Micheal’s Store and decided to decorate with Washi Tape and Buttons and use more vibrant colours instead of natural colours.
To make the garland, all I did was to use coordinating colours of washi tape and covered the maple leaf and pumpkin forms. I did the center one by gluing buttons on the form. I then glued each form onto string. This is a craft that your children can do with your help. I did use a hot glue gun but white glue would work too, it would just take longer for the glue to harden.
I did place some small Command picture holders on the mantel behind the shapes to hold up the garland. So far this seemed to work great. I twirled the string around the holders and then glued the string to the back of the shapes. This way I won’t damage my wood mantel.
The only suggestion I have is to either paint or colour the shape before gluing the buttons on, as you can see the shape through the buttons, but you can only see it if you are very close to the garland.
To finish off my mantel I cut some scrapbooking paper in the maple leaf shape to set up on the mantel. I had found this awesome orange bottle from an antique shop that I placed a dried hydrangea on. I also added a wire pumpkin to sit beside the bottle.
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