Weekend Project: DIY With Bookhou: Paper Garland

This paper garland was such a fun and easy project, I also liked the fact that I didn't spend a lot of money. I used a store catalogue for the paper, but you can always use colour or pattern paper. I found that a light weight (like bond paper) works best. the heavy (card stock) type paper would not stay in place.

what you need:
-paper (I used a store catalogue)
-a large branch
-cutting mat
-ruler, xacto knife, scissors, and a needle with a large eye.

step 1:
I took the staples off the catalogue and laid it down flat and used the knife and ruler to cut 2 in. strips. I also found the size of my garland I didn't need too many strips. After I cut the strips I folding the paper in an accordion style.

step 2:
I took the folded parts and and round out the corners - keeping in mind not to cut the folded parts- it should fold out with the shapes all attached.

step 3:
take the string and tie it on either end of the branch.

step 4:
take the needle and string and begin to sew through the paper cut outs. once you've done this you can spread them out to the desired distance. to add more garlands to the branch just repeat step 1-3.

I hope you like this - you can also experiment with the shape and scale of the cut outs.

Contributor post by Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou

Jan Halvarson


Unknown said...

This looks SUPER!

Mary Burns said...

I really like this
and it looks super easy
thanks for sharing

storybeader said...

love the idea of this garland! Always looking for uses of my journals... rather than just recycling them! Thanks, {:-Deb

Unknown said...

great, thank you for that!
I will watch out for some cool paper and start with my little girl!

Margie Oomen said...

now i know what i have been saving all those anthropologie catalogs for :)

greenbeenfood said...

looks great - very pretty!

Flotsam Friends said...

Oh wow, that looks amazing. I adore it. Yep, my bestie posts me Anthropologie and sometimes Free People catalogues from LA (I'm in Sydney and we don't have those shops...). I too have saved everyone so maybe I could use them... Pruxxx

Fine Little Day said...

How very nice, must try :)

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely making one this weekend! Thanks for the idea. :)

Coco Cake Land said...

i love this!! love how it's hanging on a branch. gives it a lovely canadiana/woods feel.

Danielle said...

This is wonderful. I'll have to start scavenging for a good branch!


Diana said...

what a perfectly wonderful idea to use up old magazines/catalogs!!!

Shalini said...

What a lovely little diy. So simple and with everything that can be found at home. And such a nice and elegant end result. I'll be doing this one!