Tuesday, July 6, 2010


after receiving a few emails asking about how i made my paper garland, i thought i would post a wee tutorial. it was so easy to make, you can whip one up in no time and enjoy some paper cheerfulness. (as always, click on the images if you need to see them in more detail)
you will need paper, scissors and/or a circle punch (mine is 2") and a sewing machine.

start using the punch to cut out your circles or cut them out by hand. i've never counted how many i've punched, just make a bunch depending on how long you want your garland to be.

for mine, i used colored paper, old security envelopes and an old road map of ontario i had. you just want to make sure that what you use is double sided, since the garland likes to spin a bit.

now it's time to start sewing. make a few stitches so that you have a bit of a tail of thread, that is what you can use to hang the garland with. now start pushing through your circles.

i leave a little space between each and that is what gives it some drape and makes it spin, but if you don't want this, you can just sew each circle directly to one another.

now just keep sewing and soon you will be finished. leave another little tail on the end and then voila! hang up your garland wherever you like.

once you have enjoyed your new garland more than you thought you could, you can fold it up neatly and it will be ready for the next party or holiday.

to make these, you could use anything you wanted to really, depending on the event. wrapping paper or vintage holiday cards would be fun at christmas, you could use hearts for valentine's day or different ruled paper (from old cahiers) could be used for back to school or graduation. you get the idea. it's endless really.
happy garland making!


Casey said...

this is so great, and looks so easy! i didn't know you could stitch on your machine without any fabric/paper... like you do for in between the circles. (if that makes any sense) i was always nervous to try! i will have to do this for my next party! :)

Pinecone Camp said...

Thanks kate! That's way easier than hand stitching...and tidier too! so adorable!

kate / tinywarbler said...

thanks ladies! and i'm not sure if you really are supposed to stitch on a machine like that (with no fabric/paper) but i did and so far so good! knowing my luck, it will probably break in the middle of sewing a quilt though........

Missing Goat said...

that is so cute and happy looking! Aren't you just an inspiration!!

Olga said...

Great idea!

I love taking old prints (be it maps, etc-- you said it) and recreating them as new decorations.
This is a wonderful addition to any space that needs just that little something.
The use of the maps is probably my favorite touch. It's amazing what a beautiful serendipitous print they can create! (check out my most recent post!)

m.e (Cathie) said...

love it!! I am ever so slightly obsessed with bunting at the moment but I love your garland!
I will have to try it out & let you know.

Me said...

I love your garland, I made a post and picture on my blog, hope that's okay with you!

Julia Runge said...

LOVE your color combination! I have a blog with DIY projects (http://juliarungediy.blogspot.com/) and I have just linked to this one. Hope it's okay with you :o)
- Julia

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