DIY: doily garland

28 Feb

If you’re like me, you love lace. I think it is so dainty and can go with anything. So does my friend, Rachel. Her birthday was this weekend and I was all about decorating for her big day. A couple of girls went out to eat and then came back to my place where we devoured Nothing Bundt Cake, played in front of our hand-made photo booth, and laughed until we almost peed our pants… which is not hard to do with this group. :] Ah it was SO fun. I absolutely love girl time, especially with these lovely ladies.

When I was decorating the apartment, all I could think was, “If Rachel was a party, how would she decorate?” Ok. so that meant, LOTS of lace and doilies, rosettes galore, pink. pink. pink., yummy cake, unique/eclectic decor with a modern spin, lots of pearls, leopard prints, candles, the list goes on and on. Now, not all of those things made it to the party, but I did my best! She is a pretty fantastic cook, so I didn’t even attempt to make anything for her. I’m too intimidated. :]

So… in honor of Miss Rachel, I made some circle garland and YOU can too!


  • various paper (I used solid scrapbook paper and pages from an old book, but printed baper, notebook paper, or magazine pages would also be really cute!)
  • paper doilys
  • glue stick
  • circle punches- 1.5″ & 2″ (you could also cut them out with scissors, but I’m too impatient)
  • sewing machine

1. Punch holes in each of the different papers. I cut out the edge of the doily to give the circles a more textured look

2. Glue together the papers in random order. I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason to the way I glue them because I wanted each one to have a different look and feel.

3. Gather all of your circles and sew them together.

and wahla! You just made yourself some super cute garland!

Happy Birthday, Rachel!! xoxo


P.S. Do any of ya’ll have any photography wisdom to lend me? I have a Canon Powershot SD880 IS and would love a better one, but I’m not quite there yet. I would like to manipulate the manual settings, but I have no idea what to do… and then I’m not quite sure how to edit photos yet to get rid of all the ugliness. Any ideas? thanks!


4 Responses to “DIY: doily garland”

  1. Rachel Herman February 28, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    you helped make it to be my best birthday ever! I love you so much and all that you do for me and the party was the best ever! ANNNDDD KIMBER whatever i do not intimidate you, you are an amazing cook!! The only thing I do is just follow the recipe 🙂
    haha love you so much!

  2. Tiffany Kraght February 28, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    oh, i just made some! it’s still up in my homeschool/dining room! i love it. i want to make more for my sewing room too.

  3. caroline February 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    so cute! love the garland, thanks for the tutorial! ummm I am trying to learn some photog stuff too.. I have a couple of books- I’ll let you know what they are. they’ve been pretty helpful so far!

    so glad we’ve connected!

  4. Claire D March 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Hey.. i did a degree in photography.. i suggest an online or comminty college course in photography. You really need to know your camera. I would suggest one of the entry level dslrs or even something like the Canon G20 – you can manipulate images and use manual settings on this camera. I would go that route rather than dslr cuz it will save you a fortune in lenses.

    Visiting from Indie biz!

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