November 01, 2009

how to: paper garland

i got this idea for paper garland while at my favorite paper store, paper source in washington, dc, last year, and finally got inspired when i saw it here on design*sponge a few weeks ago. ginkgo leaves are one of my favorite designs - a symbol of love, peace, hope, and longevity. and in glittery brown and gold, green, and yellow, they're a perfect fall decoration! (this would also be great for tree garland!)

paper garland

- sewing machine (if you don't have one, some stores, like g street fabrics in the dc metro area, will allow you to rent, and some cities have sewing cafes, like honfleur home's sewing cafe in the marimekko store in silver spring, maryland)
- thread (about $2 at your local craft store)
- paper cut outs (you can use scrapbook papers, die-cuts, or recycled paper or magazines. i used these ginkgo cut-outs from paper source - they also have fall leaves, flowers, and other holiday designs).


after you've cut your paper, use a sewing machine to feed the die-cuts under the needle, one at a time. you can either feed them in directly after one another or slightly overlapped for a more rigid look, or leave some space in between for a looser, random look. keep some thread at either end to to hang or add ribbon for tying.


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