I found the idea to paint a page from a book and write a quote on it on YouTube, and I decided to add my own twist to it and make a garland. I am so pleased with the result, and I am excited to hang it in my dorm room when I go back to college this semester.
This garland is a perfect way to showcase your favorite quotes, and it makes a wonderful addition to any room. It is also easy and affordable to make.
What You’ll Need
- An old book or a book you are not going to read
- Acrylic paint
- Permanent marker or paint marker
- Decorative tape
- Tear as many pages as you would like out of the book. An old dictionary would work well for this project. The number of pages should be the same as the number of quotes you would like to use. I used six.
- Begin painting one of the pages until the paint is almost or completely opaque, depending on your preference. Do not cover the whole page. This does not have to be perfect, so make it as messy as you want. I think muted or pastel shades of paint would work best so the quotes are easier to read. I found this worked best with matte or satin finishes, especially matte.
- Repeat step two with the remaining pages, alternating colors of paint if desired. Allow paint to dry completely. Place the pages under heavy books if you would like them completely flat.
- Write your quotes on the painted surface of each page. I used permanent marker. The permanent marker started to stop working after writing on the paint. If you have a paint pen, preferably one with a fine tip, it may work better. Add illustrations if you would like.
- Clip each page onto the twine with clothespins. Cut the length of twine you want.
- Hang the finished garland on the wall with decorative tape. Finished!
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Here are the quotes and illustrations I used to make my garland.
“i want to be full on my own i want to be so complete i could light a whole city.” – Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey
“fall in love with your solitude.” – Rupi Kaur
“Relax. Nothing is under control.” I’m not sure who said this, but I found this quote on the back cover of Flow magazine, Issue 17.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” – Emily Dickinson
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If you make a garland of your own, please leave a comment and let me know how it turned out and what quotes you decided to showcase. I would love to hear from you.
People love to complain. It’s often easier to complain than to consider all the things for which we are thankful. However, taking the time to appreciate our blessings leaves us feeling happier, more content and more positive.
If you want, you can try reflecting on your blessings and writing them down every day or as often as you would like.
Here’s a list of free wonders life offers that we often take for granted.
- Knowledge. Thanks to the Internet, information from all over the world is easier to access than ever. However, we often use the Internet for useless tasks that don’t make us smarter or happier. The Internet is an incredible tool, and we should use it wisely. Instead of wasting time looking at memes, watching shows and checking social media sites every five seconds, use the Internet to your advantage. Hone your skills and learn new ones. Be thankful for books. Educate yourself about the world around you, and be thankful for your mentors, teachers and professors.
- Laughter. It’s the best sound in the world. It also feels great to make people laugh, so loosen up, crack a joke once in a while and learn to laugh at yourself. Sometimes it’s good to make fun of yourself, as long as you’re doing so in a healthy way. Laughter is also completely free of charge, and it’s universal across countries, cultures, religions and races. Humor isn’t always universal, but laughter is.
- Written language. Think of all the things we’ve learned from the written word. We’ve learned about history from historical documents, and we’ve learned about scientific findings. Reading the news informs us about what is going on in the world. If we didn’t have written language, we wouldn’t know much. 26 percent of adults around the world are illiterate, and two-third’s of the world’s illiterate adults are women. Education and the ability to read are wonderful gifts.
- Love. The love of significant others, family and friends is one of the best feelings in the world. It also feels great to love others. Sometimes love is difficult, but if you are in a stable, healthy relationship with a significant other, friend or family member, maintaining the love you share is worth facing your hardships together. Let your loved ones know you love and appreciate them through your words and actions, and don’t ever take them for granted. If you do, you might push them away.
- Life. The mere fact we are breathing is an incredible gift. Don’t waste it, and don’t blame others if your life isn’t going well. Think about how you can make your life better today in this moment. Try not to dwell on the past or fret about the future. Don’t feel guilty when you make time to relax by yourself, but work hard. Make the best of each moment. Start now.
- Food. Many people all over the world don’t know where their next meal is coming from. About 17 percent of working Americans don’t have enough to eat. Volunteer and donate food at your local food pantry, and be thankful for the food you eat.
- Nature. Bird songs, fireflies, cricket chirps, fireflies, mountains, water, and the beauty of sunrises and sunsets can relax and refresh you. Spend time outside and soak up fresh air and vitamin D.
- Music. Since music is more accessible now than ever, it’s easy to take for granted. Though we don’t always realize the impact music has on us, we all have that one song that gives us chills every time. We listen to music when we want to feel something, so crank up your happiest tunes and count your blessings.