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How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb

There's a red poker deck on my desk today. We have A LOT of these strewn around the house as my man is an amateur card magician - hmmm, I'm not sure he's going to appreciate being called 'amateur', but what I mean is it's his hobby. Am I digging myself out of a hole here or what!? Anyway, the point is I thought I should find a use for these as they keep piling up. You see, a deck can only take a couple of weeks of abuse before it gets battered and not so great for performing tricks and most people he knows have already been gifted a few decks and aren't in need of more. Lots go off to recycling, but me being a hoarder and a crafter still sees this is a bit of a waste of something with pretty and festive potential. So feeling inspired I got busy making a 'Red Deck Garland' this morning...


How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb
How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb

Obviously a punch would be much quicker and easier here, but I don't have one so I had to make do with drawing around a circle template and cutting each disc by hand!

How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb
How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb
How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb

I used the back edge of my sewing machine plate as a measure to evenly space the discs, although I was in no way precise about this and just went for it! I used cream thread in the bobbin and toploaded my sewing machine with red thread so that when they came together they created a candy striped bakers twine effect. Very festive!

How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb
How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb
How to make a festive 'Red Deck Garland' | Emma Lamb

If you want the details I think I used around 50 discs, but lost a couple as my sewing machine snagged and ripped them, and in the end I think it turned out to be about 3m long. I'm quite pleased with the result, but I'm not sure if I want to drape it around the tree or hang it across the wall. Hmmm, well now I know how I'll be spending my afternoon!

Emma, x

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