Design DIY: Foiled Garland

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With the end of the school year upon us, I can’t help but count down the days (T-Minus: 2 months). So like any premature party planner,  I am currently envisioning my big day filled with family, friends, double kegs, a classy yet sassy graduation dress, and festive graduation décor. With the guest list set, caterers ordered, and dress rented, there was one thing missing – the décor. God forbid we buy some cheap graduation garland or even worse, mortar board and tassels. I decided to put my design degree to use and make sophisticated foiled garlands.

Supplies –

Steps –

First, cut a diamond (using a cookie cutter to assist) out of the strip of leather at an angle.

After cutting follow the directions for the transfer adhesive. Paint a light, even coat on the cut outs where you want to foil. Dry for 15 minutes, until tacky – but not wet. Place the dull side down on each section and rub with your fingernail in a pinch. Be sure to smooth all over. Peel up, and repeat. This is the best part!

Once, you’ve foiled your cut outs, use your hole punch to punch holes at the top of each diamond. Be sure to use a cutting mat underneath! Then, cut lengths of twine 30″ long. Tie on by inserting the twine into the punched out hole on the right and tie each piece from the left.

You and your guests will love the posh touch you added to the party to make it that more festive and memorable! Congrats Grads!


With special thanks to The Sweetest Occasion Hank & Hunt for the how-to and step by step photos.


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