Thursday, September 23, 2021

Moon Phase Garland - Home Decor Project

Hello everyone,

It's Elle here from Empire of the Cat and this time on the blog I have a fun home decor project to share with you.

GSL don't have any Moon phase chippies (maybe they will soon hint hint!) so I cut my own from some ATC coins. I started off with these ATC coins from GSL.  They come in a pack of three, and for this product I used eight of them, so I needed three packs, but it depends on how many moons you want on your garland.


 Decide how many full moons, half moons and quarter moons you want to have on your garland and then using scissors, cut the shapes from the coins.  To get the crescent moon shape, place one coin on top of the other, just overlapping enough to give you the crescent shape.  Draw around the curve with a pencil and then cut it out.  You can see how to measure this more accurately in my earlier post when I used these coins to make a moon canvas.


Next step is to gesso both sides and the edges of each coin and leave to dry.  


To cover my coins, I am using a white and a black Glimmer Paste by Nuvo.  There are plenty of similar options available or you could make your own using glitter and a transparent paste!  I chose to cover all my moons with white paste and then use the black paste to cover the oval shapes leftover from cutting out the crescent moons, just for a bit of interest.  Cover one side at a time and leave to dry before starting on the other side - don't forget to cover the edges too!


To make the garland I am using some metallic embroidery thread from my stash.  Spread out all your moons and decide how far apart you want them to be spaced, as this will be the length of your garland, then measure out the thread leaving enough on either end to tie a loop so it can be hung. 


Using some strong glue like this E6000 jewellery glue, attach the thread to the back of all the moons by making a line of glue across the centre of each and placing the thread on top of it.  Leave to dry, then if you want to hide the thread, add more glimmer paste on top of the thread.  Once everything is dry - hang it up!


So here are a couple of hanging options - horizontal using the loop on each end or vertical using just one loop.


I must apologise for how dark these photos are, but all my daylight seems to have disappeared with the good weather. 

Hope you enjoyed the project and will give it a try.  This is my last project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team, having been on the team for just over two years.  This last year has brought a lot of changes and I have less free time now, and so I must say goodbye. 

Let me know what you think in the comments.   

As always, thanks for reading!

Empire of the Cat


GSL Artist Trading Coins D81M,
gesso, glimmer paste, E6000 glue, metallic embroidery thread,