But one of the things that makes this tree so unique and special for me, are the strings of Scandinavian flags. The Scandinavian flag garland not only looks nice, but it makes me feel tied to all of my relatives, past and present.
I tend to exclusively claim Scandinavian heritage, but the fact is, that in addition to Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, I have quite a bit of Irish in me. So while the heritage flags seem to mostly be a Scandinavian thing, I decided to make some Irish flag garland this year to add to the rest of the family flags.
After examining my mother's store-bought garland (above), I determined that all I needed to make garland was a spool of fishing line, a pack of Avery labels, and a color printer. I downloaded the online template that corresponds to the mailing labels I bought at my local office supply store, added bands of green and orange (after triple checking that that was the flag design of Ireland), and hit command P.
Next, I took the spool of fishing line, peeled a printed label off the page, and positioned the fishing line smack in the center of the label- then folded the sticky sides together.
Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have a string of garland to your desired length!
If you too happen to be Irish, and want to use this idea, go for it! You can download my Irish Flag template here. It works with the Avery address labels 8160.
Also- keep this decoration idea handy when St. Patty's day rolls around and EVERYONE becomes Irish!
Happy holidays everyone!