Witches’ Brew Luminary Garland

Can you believe it’s already the end of the week? And time for my final Witches’ Brew Workshop project!

Witches' Brew Luminary Garland

This luminary garland has quickly become my favorite project of this workshop. Mainly because it turned out almost exactly the way I pictured it in my head. But also because it’s a great home decor project! And the entire garland was made using only those 6 small squares of DSP we’ve been focusing on all week, plus a little vellum and card stock. Read on for instructions on how to make your own!

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You Will Need:
– 6″ x 6″ stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (One sheet of each double-sided design, for a total of 6 sheets)
– 6 pieces of 6″ x 3-1/2″ Vellum in whatever colors you want or have
– Gumball Green card stock
Halloween Bash stamp set
Tags 4 You stamp set
– Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
– Crop-a-dile or small hole punch
– 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
– Brads
– Ribbon and mini clothespins for hanging
– Battery-operated tea lights

Instructions:
Pumpkins:
1. Cut sheet of DSP into 3/4″ strips.
2. Stack strips and punch a hole at each end of the strips. Put a brad through each hole to hold the stack together.
3. Fan out the strips to form the ball shape, making sure to put even spacing between each strip.
4. Create a stem for the pumpkin using a strip of Gumball Green cardstock, rolled into a short tube. I wrapped a strip of card stock around a sponge dauber to get the proper width for the stem. Then just adhere the stem to the top of the pumpkin using liquid adhesive.
5. Repeat to create 2 more pumpkins.

Luminaries:
1. Take your 6″ x 3-1/2″ piece of vellum and stamp a Halloween image in the center, making sure that the long sides of the vellum are on the top and bottom when you stamp (landscape orientation).
2. Create a tube with the vellum, adhering the ends together using sticky strip or another strong adhesive.
3. Cut two 1″ x 6″ strips from a sheet of DSP. Adhere these strips to the top and bottom of the vellum tube. I used glue dots in a few spots to hold the DSP strips in place, then adhered the ends of the DSP strips together with liquid adhesive.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 to create 5 more luminary tubes. You should be able to create two matching luminaries from one sheet of DSP, with some DSP still left over from each sheet.
5. To create the bottoms for each luminary (so the candle has something to sit on when hanging), use the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to punch circles from the leftover DSP.
6. Cut 1″ x 1/2″ strips from card stock or any remaining DSP and fold each one in half. You will need four of these little strips for each luminary.
7. Adhere four small strips along the bottom inside of each luminary. Then adhere the 1-3/4″ Circles on top of those little tabs to create the platform for your tea lights to rest on. See photo below for illustration.

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8. Use hole punch to punch two holes on the top of each luminary. String with ribbon.
9. Hang your luminaries and pumpkins onto a ribbon using mini clothespins. Or use them however you desire to decorate your home.
10. Turn on tea lights and place into luminaries for a beautiful, flickering garland.

And there you have it! A fabulous home decor project that is sure to catch the eyes of everyone who enters your home!

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Design Alternatives:
– Again, this is the kind of project you can make for any occasion. Just switch up the DSP, stamp sets, and vellum colors to create a pretty garland for other seasons or holidays.
– Don’t want a hanging garland? No worries! Place the pumpkins in a decorative bowl on your mantle and surround it with your glowing luminaries for a fabulous mantle display. Or hang the individual lanterns on trees or other areas around your house. There are so many ways you can use these luminaries to decorate your home.
– If you prefer to use real tea lights for your luminaries, just leave off the base portion of the project and make only the tubes. Then carefully place the luminary tube over a lit tealight. But be sure to keep a careful eye on your luminaries since they are flammable! I highly recommend using only battery-operated tea lights.

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Well, that completes this workshop! I hope you enjoyed the projects I presented. And I hope you took on my little challenge and tried to see what you can make with just a few small sheets of DSP.

Now, I’m not going to guarantee that there will be a new Webbie Workshop for the next few months. My Etsy shops have been getting a lot of business (woohoo!) so they are keeping me really busy. Not to mention I’ve got a lot of family stuff coming up soon! My parents will be visiting in October and then the new Baby Moose will be arriving in November! So I will do my best to come up with a new Webbie Workshop or two for the rest of the year. But no promises! Sorry! But as always, you can see what I’m up to on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve always got crafty photos getting posted on those sites as I work on random projects for Etsy and for my customers.

If I don’t get to blog again until the new year, then I hope you all have a fabulous rest of 2013! Enjoy the holidays, have fun with your family, and craft your heart out! But if I do get the chance to blog again, well…

Until next time…

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