It’s Halloween time!! One of my favorite times to decorate.
This year, to pretty-up our fireplace I decided to make it wear a tutu!! The fireplace can’t complain like the cat does when I dress it up.
All the supplies I had laying around the house to keep costs down and reuse things I would normally throw away. I had 4 panels of sheer purple curtains from my living alone days and a bunch of black tulle that I have been keeping all these years waiting to be something.
Put them together and you have…
drum roll please :D
Halloween Fireplace Tutu Garland!
So here is what you need:
1. Twine, string, yarn or thin rope
2. Fabric (I used a sheer purple curtain and some black tulle)
Step One: Prepare your fabric by cutting it into strips. To achieve the ripped effect, I cut a notch in the top of the fabric, then tore it the rest of the way. Just make sure you are tearing with the fabric, it should tear straight all the way down. If you go against the fabric it will not tear.
I made my strips different widths but stayed around one inch. The length depends on the look you are going for, I made mine approximately eight inches so they were about four inches long in the end.
Step Two: Measure the length of your fireplace mantle, depending on what you use, you may want to double it. I used twine, so I decided to double it, then tied it off. It was now a big loop.
Step Three: Lay out your twine.
Step Four: Start with one fabric strip. Fold it in half, and lay it under the rope with the loop above the rope line.
Step Five: Grab the two end pieces of the fabric, fold it over the twine and back through the loop.
Step Six: Pull the two end pieces tight.
Step Seven: Pull down and adjust.
Step Eight: Repeat, alternating strips if your using different colors.
It should start to look like this:
and going until you have the length you want and hang.
I would tell you to resist the urge to wear it like a tutu and dance around to “This is Halloween” from the Nightmare Before Christmas…but that would be no fun and I would be a hypocrite! :D
I love the way it turned out. It does take a bit of patience depending on how long you’re making it.
This one wound up 48 inches long and it took me about 4 episodes of Game of Thrones but I kept getting up and taking breaks.
A great distraction for kids, just plop them down in front of the tv with a bunch of cut up strips and they will probably get one made up in no time.
Have you started decorating yet?
What is your favorite decoration?