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Advent DIY Day 13: Wood and Golden Garland by

Dec 13, 2013

by Jo Casley handmade and vintage goods

Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.

Created by Helene and Julien, two architecture students, Heju is a blog focused on home decor, DIY creations and all kinds of art. Their heads are full of ideas and are always thinking of new and exciting projects. They take their from Scandinavian graphic design and Japanese minimalism.


Why do you think Etsy is a great source for one-of-a-kind gifts?

What we love about Etsy is the possibility to find unique presents, handmade by designers from the whole world.  Every time we browse Etsy, we discover new talents!

 Do you have a favourite handmade present? What is it?

For Christmas and birthdays we always try to create a handmade cards for each other. We love everything graphic design and have a lot of fun playing with patterns, colours, and dreaming up new compositions.

 Do you have a specific ritual for Christmas, that you repeat every year?

Every year we put lots of thought into decorating the table. We tend to go for quite simple themes with white tones and colour accents but we’re always looking for new ideas whether it’s for name cards or for the centrepiece.


What you need (For a 1.8m garland):

  • 6cm x 1m, balsa wood plaque

  • Golden paint

  • Golden thread

  • Masking tape

  • A utility knife

  • Round raffia coasters

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  • Start by tracing 16 6x6cm squares on the balsa wood plaque, and carefully cut them out using the utility knife.
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  • Diagonally place some masking tape on 8 of the balsa wood squares, then paint half of each with golden paint.
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  • Once everything is dry, stick the thread on to the back of the balsa wood squares using masking or adhesive tape.
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  • For the coasters, simply pull the thread in and out of each side, through the small holes.
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  • Then, simply choose the way you want to alternate painted squares, blank squares and coasters. We chose to use a regular pattern, with two painted squares in the centre, facing each other, then two blank squares, one on each side, then two coasters.
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Have you made any Christmas advent DIYs? We’d love to see – send us pictures with the hashtag #ChristmasAdventDIY and we’ll share them on and Twitter @EtsyUK.