It took a lot of ornament maneuvering, but I managed to fit the garland on there, after all!
[Pro tip: it's always easiest to put the garland on first, not last. :D)
Here's a close up:
My idea was to make something that looks like crimped ribbon from a distance, and I think it works! And while it took me a long time to get the process down, once I did I managed to zip through each piece in about two minutes. It goes surprisingly fast, if you do it right!
So, here's how to do it right:
First, you will need:
- book paper
- small paper brads (mine are brass, but use your favorite accent color)
- small paper eyelets (any neutral color - they won't really show)
- a Crop-A-Dile tool* OR eyelet setter (*link goes to Amazon; only $15!)
- two small paper alligator clips
Step 1) Trim the rough edge off your paper and accordion-fold it lengthwise:
2) Now trim off your last fold - the one with the blank side margin on it:
3) Use your fingers to gently pop out the center of your paper, like so:
4) Gather one end back into the accordion fold, and secure it with your paper clip:
5) Repeat on the opposite side:
6) Use your Crop-A-Dile or eyelet tool to set eyelets in either end of the paper:
This secures your folds in place, so no glue, tape, or staples needed.
And... you're done! See how fast that was?
If you want your garland a little skinnier - as I did - then at this point you can fold the top edge down and carefully scrunch the center folds together, like so:
Be careful not to force the folds too hard, though, or the center lines could rip.
Once you've made a bunch of these, use your brads to attach the ends together, making a long chain:
My brads were just barely long enough, but they worked!
Use your new paper garland on mantles, doorways, trees, slow-moving pets, etc, etc.
Oh, and fitting the paper garland on a tree isn't nearly as hard as I thought it'd be. Each paper section naturally curves inward, so it folds beautifully around the branches, and the sharp paper edges grip the needles so it won't slide off:
Tutorials for the paper bows and pinwheel/rosettes here.
I hope some of you will give this a try! I'm pretty hooked on making paper ornaments now, so I think I'm going to keep adding right up 'til Christmas, if not after.
That's it for me, so happy Monday, guys!
(I can say that 'cuz I'm going to see the Osborne lights at Disney tonight, and it's going to be under 60 degrees for the first time this winter. BOOYAH.)
For my fellow pinners.