Introduction

Not Just for Christmas

We made our bay leaf garland to decorate a fireplace mantel at holiday time. But a strand or two would look great anytime of the year hanging around the house or as wedding or party decoration.

Step 1

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Gather Your Materials

Step 2

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Paint Bags

Cut the brown paper bags down into flat pieces. Discard any that have images on them. Mix water and paint together and paint the paper bags. The paint should be very watery. Allow the bags to fully dry.

Step 3

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio

Cut Leaves

When the bags are dry, cut the leaves into various sizes.

Step 4

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio

Attach to Wire

Use hot glue to adhere the leaves onto wire.

Step 5

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Add a Bit of Color

Wrap holly around the wire in between the leaves.

Step 6

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Rennai Hoefer , ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014
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Rennai Hoefer , ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

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Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

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Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Make Bunting + Artwork

To complete the rustic elegant look, get the step-by-step instructions to make the "happy holidays" banner and then get the template to make the reindeer artwork