Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Aussie Gum Nutty Garland Tutorial

I love Australia! Especially at Christmas! Can we even imagine a Christmas with snow, unless we've experienced one? I would miss the beach, the BBQs, the flip flops and ice cream, the mangoes and cherries and nectarines! So here's a way to add some Aussie into your Christmas decor!
First, acquire some gum nuts. Make sure they're dry and have already spilled their seeds!Cut some thread (I used gray DMC I had lying around) to your preferred length and tie a decent sized knot in one end. Then, using a sturdy, sharp needle, start stringing your gum nuts.To get the effect, I pushed the needle out at different intervals, not just through the very top.

Once you're done and have secured the end with another knot, get some old newspaper and some spray paint of your choice (I'm using sterling silver from Bunnings).Take it outside and lay the strung gum nuts on the newspaper.Spray Paint!Allow it to dry then turn over and spray again.Voila! An Aussie Gum Nutty Garland.

10 comments:

inday_adin said...

Very Clever and Original.

Adin B

Jo in TAS said...

Gorgeous idea and a great way to use all those gumnuts that drop on the ground!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Fantasict idea Manda..

Sue said...

That looks great.

CurlyPops said...

Love it! I'm imagining pink and silver garlands for next year.

apparentlyjessy said...

Cute idea! Very eco friendly!!

Van said...

Super cute idea, very imaginative! I can see this any color or even left natural. :D I love easy ideas.

Sew Useful Designs said...

How cute, Amanda! My DD and I collected quite a few gumnuts on our outing today - now I know what to do with them!!!

Hugs! Vikki xx

cb said...

what a great idea! it turned out great too and looks incrediable!

xo,
cb

val said...

love it!