It’s time for another 12 Months of DIY Challenge! This month we’re working with paper. Yep, the most simplistic tool in a crafter’s arsenol — paper. Paper is full of possibility and purpose. It can become just about anything. I’m taking it down a Christmasy, home decor, road with sewn circle paper garland. Show us your Paper craft using the hashtag #12MonthsofDIY on Instagram and you could be our winner winner chicken dinner!
First you gotta make yourself some circles. Lots and lots of paper circles. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
I cut my perfect little circles with my Cricut Die-cutter. But, you can find a nice big hole punch, and achieve the exact same result without any fancy gadget. I chose a few shades of pink to create an ombre look. And, I threw in a few ivory-golden pieces for some sparkle, and to keep things from looking flat.
I kept all my circles in piles, arranged in the order I would like to attach them together, to get that ombre effect, and started sewing away. Sew down the center of your first circle, then grab your next circle, place it in front of your presser foot, and sew it immediately after the first. Keep going until you have a string of circles to your desired length. I used a small stitch with high tension on my sewing machine.
Make as many strings of circle garland as you need. My window arrangement took about 15 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ sized cardstock paper. I attached everything to my window moulding using these great reusable Scotch brand tabs. I even added a couple strings of decorative string lights, held with a finishing nail, and attached the battery packs to the underside of my window-sill using four Scotch tabs.
Supplies for Circle Paper Garland:
- Multi-coloured Card Stock
- Metallic Card Stock
- Cricut Die-Cut Machine, or
- 2-1/2″ Circle Punch
- Sewing Machine
- Adhesive Tabs (optional)
- String Lights (optional)
Once you have it all hung, just sit back and enjoy. Paper garland on it’s own, is just inherently festive. You put it against some other holiday treats, like a flocked Christmas tree, and you have your holiday-decorating beat.
I also love this for birthday parties. In fact, when my daugther saw me hanging my paper garland, she asked me excitedly, “Is this for my birthday party?!” And, truthfully, it is! Come December when her birthday rolls around, you better believe this paper garland will be pulling double-duty as some fun birthday party decor.
The string lights add that holiday touch. I love anything that adds a little sparkle come nighttime, especially around the holidays.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY PAPER project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are: