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Earlier this week I posted the details from my BFF Emily’s bachelorette party that I threw for her down in Naples, FL. One of the staples of the party decor was the seaweed garland.

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I had seen some pictures on Pinterest of something similar but I couldn’t find any tutorials. So I took it upon myself to figure out an easy, cost friendly way to make them! Let’s get started! 

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Grab some packaging tape.

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And roll it out as long as you want your garland to be, leaving a little extra on both sides. 

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Then take party streamers. Yep, that’s right, the cheap kind you buy at any party supply or craft store! 

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Stick one end to the tape. **Tip: I taped the streamers about half way up the tape as you can see here, which left some extra on the top. It didn’t look as good as I had hoped but on the next garland I placed the streamers at the  top of the tape and that looked much better! 

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Keep on taping the streamers, alternating colors randomly. Or you can do it strategically. Or use only one color. OR make a rainbow! It’s whatever you like. 

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Make sure you overlap the streamers slightly so that the streamers aren’t all straggly at the bottom, yuck! This has been a public service announcement. 

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Keep on, keeping on until you have made as much garland as your little heart desires. 

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Because I wanted mine to look like seaweed, I randomly cut the bottoms of the streamers to hang at different lengths! 

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Then, take another strip of tape and place it onto the one that has the streamers stuck to it. **Hint: use smaller pieces of tape, it doesn’t all have to be in one take! That would be hard, and impressive. If anyone does that please let me know. 

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What you should have now is a very sturdy tape sandwich with the streamers in-between.

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Now punch a hole, thread your string and just like that you’ve got seaweed garland! Well, kind of. See you could stop right here and have a wonderful decoration for just about anything but for our occasion I wanted it to have just a tad more pizazz. So I added on some circles and it took 2 more seconds! 

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Cut circles out in all different colors of paper, in all different sizes! 

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I used my Cricut machine to cut these babies out and it made it sooooo easy. You can also get circle punches at just about any craft store! 

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I then took some string. I think this is raffia and I used it because I had a bunch left over. Radical reason, I know.

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Then tape the circles to the string, alternating colors and sizes. And then tape that to your garland. Now we’re done! 

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I think that the circles gave it the little “pop” it needed! 

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I used another strand of garland for the photo wall back drop. And besides being super easy, it was so inexpensive! I think this method just might be my go-to for party decorating from now on! 

With love from Naples,

Madison 

 

 

 

 

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