Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tutorial: Make a Paper and Twine Christmas Garland

Since y'all seemed to like my paper Christmas tree, I thought I'd show you how I made another decoration for the season: an easy accent garland!
The garland is hanging around the mirror. And, yes. . that's me. HEY ME!

So here's what you need to gather:
-twine (this was from the Dollar Tree)
-festive paper
-white glue
-paper punch (in your desired shape)
-clothes pins (optional)
-scissors (not pictured)

You can use whatever kind of paper you have on hand that fits with your desired look: construction paper, scrapbook paper, thick wrapping paper, or Christmas cards. This would be a great project to recycle old Christmas cards, but since I was being lazy and didn't want to dig those out I just purchased a couple packs at the dollar store.

To make the cards more manageable, I tore off the backs and saved them for future projects/scrap paper.

From there, get to punching out your paper shapes.

Tip: I like to turn the paper punch upside down and line up the prettiest areas of the paper so I know what I'm getting.

One you have a bunch of paper shapes, pull a length of twine from the roll. You can go ahead and cut it to your size now or just work from the roll. (See how flexible this tutorial is!) Spread white glue on the back of one of the paper shapes.

Place the twine in the center of your glue-y paper shape.

Center a second paper shape over the first one with the design side facing out.

Press down on the top circle to make sure the glue coats the new piece of paper.
Sorry for the chippy nails. They got painted later in the day.
This next part is completely optional, but I like to move things along. Use clothes pins to hold the twine sandwich together until the glue drys. Be careful that there isn't any glue on the outside of the paper or it can stick to the clothes pin. You don't want it to stick to the clothes pin. (Trust me. I know what I'm talking about here.)

Move a few inches down the twine and repeat the process. Continue in this way until your garland is the desired length.

It's easy to hang or drape anywhere and I think it brings just a little somethin' somethin' to an otherwise boring space. Don't you?

Where will you hang yours?

5 comments:

  1. love your tut I am always looking for ways to recycle and re use things. Thanks

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  2. Tiffany- Thanks! It was such a quick and easy project too. I was able to work on it while watching TV the other day. Share yours too when you get one made! :)

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  3. I love your garland, Hope! I made one of those for my daughter last year. They're so easy but look so good!

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  4. What a great tutorial, Hope!

    The girls and I will love trying this. Easy and Fun! I use my Xmas and b'day cards as earring cards. Very colorful :-)

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  5. A tutorial! Another one off your list for this year, yayy!

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