Week 35 Baby-Step Creation: Paper Disc Garland

DIY decorations are all the rage, so (not for the first OR the last time!) I’m getting on board with the garland craze. Whether it’s a baby shower, kid’s birthday, hens do or tizzying up a bare wall, making your own garland can be an inexpensive and gorgeous looking craft idea. And the great news is even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you’ll be able to pull this one off with very little effort. Putting this together is (of course) super easy and you should be able to find all the items you’ll need around the house:

  • Scissors
  • Junk mail or old magazines
  • Thread and needle
  • Marker pen
  • Mug to use as a template

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Start off by making a starter disc template. Use the front page of your magazine as it’ll usually be made out of a slightly more durable material than the other pages.

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Then just start snipping your circle. Of course you don’t need to stick to a disc, why not try another simple shape like a triangle or diamond. If you’re feeling particularly creative or you’re throwing a wedding shower, love hearts might do the trick. Although the more pages you chop up at a time, the less uniform your discs/shapes will be. And depending on how OCD you are, this may take you a while… I ended up getting a bit over it, and decided I was going for a ‘rustic’ look i.e. I got lazy.

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Once you have the desired amount of paper shapes (depending on how long you’d like your garland to turn out), divide them into similar colours – I had greeney-blues, reds, beige/whites and dark colours, then decide if you want to scatter them throughout the garland or line them up together. I chose a combination and laid them out in order ready to assemble.

Now, halfway through this baby-step creation I decided that this just wasn’t simple enough! So I ditched the fine thread and needle, and swapped to kitchen twine and staples for an extra easy method.

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To start putting together your garland, tie a simple loop at one end of your twine, and then start stapling!

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Another decision awaits you – you can place the discs close to each other, or you might prefer to space them out. Think about the space you’re likely to hang it in or the event you’re making it for. I found it super fiddly to put it together at the beginning, especially as I had chosen to place the discs close to each other, but I soon got a system going and was done in no time at all.

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Once you’ve run out of paper, chop the end of the twine and tie another loop to finish it off.

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All that’s left now is to hang it up. We’re in a bit of limbo at our new home with artworks, so I thought this would be a perfect placeholder above our (unmade) bed.

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IMG_4937I’m really loving this one, I hope you do too 🙂

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