It’s time to start thinking about Mardi Gras decor y’all and that makes me really happy! Today I’m showing you how to make a fabulous Mardi Gras swag that is all about the bling!
Many of y’all know that Parker and I are from Louisiana. That means that Mardi Gras has a special place in our hearts. It may be a short season, but we pack a whole lot of fun and food into it. Even if you aren’t from Louisiana this is a holiday that is super fun to celebrate and decorate for! In the video below, I show you how to make a Mardi Gras swag that is fittingly full of baubles and glitter. I think you’re going to love this project!
Mardi Gras Swag
My favorite part of Mardi Gras has to be the food. There are just so many amazing things to eat! But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot else to celebrate too. Seeing the parades of people all decked out in costume is such a fun tradition. And having a whole city decorated to the bursting point makes this maker extra happy.
When it comes to Mardi Gras everything is over the top. The costumes, the food, and especially the decor, are all a whole lot extra. So for this project I pull out all the glitter ribbon and sprays that I can find. The result is a fun and fabulous swag that gives off all the celebratory vibes. I absolutely love a project that allows me to hold nothing back!
This project starts with a basic swag. In the video you will see that I trim it down a bit to get an oval shape. That means that I have enough swag left over to make a cute little baby swag. You could hang the regular swag on your front door and then find a spot inside your home for the little one. The little one would look cute sitting on a side table or mantel or hanging in your kitchen. Remember that Mardi Gras is supposed to be over the top so the more decorations the better!
Mardi Gras Bow
- Start with your 4" ribbon and measure a 12" tail. Twist the ribbon and add it to the EZ Bow Maker. Now make 2 8" loops then trim the ribbon from the spool.
- Next use the 2.5" ribbon and repeat the same process but make your loops a little smaller.
- Repeat with all three of the 1.5" ribbons making your loops smaller each time.
- Take 2 pipe cleaners and twist the ends together to make one large pipe cleaner.
- Finally, remove your bow from the bow maker and use the pipe cleaner to twist and secure the center of your bow.
Mardi Gras Swag
- Take the swag base and trim off about 1/3 of it and set that aside. Fluff out the remainder of your base.
- Next, take the 10" mesh and use it to make baby poofs all around the base. (This will make more sense when you watch the video)
- Now cut 9 20" strips of the 10" mesh. Curl the ends slightly and scrunch towards the center to make ruffles. Add each ruffle around the outside of the swag.
- Take your top hat and punch two holes in the brim that are about 2 inches apart. You can use a hole punch for this or any other tool you have on hand that will do the job.
- Next attach a mounting square to the back of the hat, above where you punched the holes. Then attach pipe cleaners to all three spots.
- Attach the hat to the swag using the pipe cleaners that you secured to it. You'll want the hat towards the top of the swag.
- Next, attach your bow below the hat. Fluff the bow out and dovetail the ends.
- Now use the same 4" ribbon that you used in your bow and add ribbon tails around your swag until it is as full as you want it.
- Trim your picks and sprays and use hot glue to add them in and around your bow then add them to the swag itself. I do this in a triangle pattern and keep adding until I get the look I'm going for.
Whether you celebrate the whole season of Mardi Gras or just Fat Tuesday, this Mardi Gras swag is perfect for your carnival decor. This project is perfect for putting you in the festive spirit! So, it’s time to hang your swags, grab your beads, and let’s get ready to party y’all!
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