Christmas DIY Week 1/8: Paper Garland

Paper Christmas Garland Tutorial

I’ve been looking forward to my 8 Weeks of Christmas instalment for weeks now, and it’s finally time!

For this week’s DIY, I thought what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas then to start decorating your home. This garland is ridiculously easy to make and looks amazing when hung up!

All you need to do is cut and glue some paper which makes it the perfect Christmas activity to enjoy with your children, friends or your handsome hubby.

I chose to use plain white paper because I’m feeling a white Christmas this year but they also look great with alternating colours or patterned Christmas paper!

 

Now, what you’ll need…

 

Materials:

120gsm Paper (7 A4 Pages.

Scissors

Gluestick

Twine

Cutting Mat & Box Cutter (Optional)

Paper Christmas Pattern

 

To make:

 

1. Print the Paper Christmas Pattern (here)

Christmas Paper Garland Tutorial

2. Trace the shapes onto paper. To make the garland pictured you will need to cut 108 stars, 24 of Ornament A and 24 of Ornament B.

 

*TIP* For the Ornaments A&B I folded the paper in half and for the stars I cut 4 at once using a cutting mat and a box cutter.

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3. Cut them all out.

4. If they aren’t already folded in half, fold all your shapes in half.

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5. Take one shape and spread glue on one half.

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6. Pick up another piece of the same shape and place on top. Slide it around until the sides line up.

Christmas Paper Garland Tutorial

7. Repeat until you’ve glued six together.

Christmas Paper Garland Tutorial

8. Flip it over to the spine and apply a piece of double sided tape on the spine reaching from the top to the bottom.

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9. Take your twine and place the tip on the spine. Twirl it upwards and make a small loop for hanging then twirl it back down and cut. Press the twine down firmly so it sticks to the spine (The smaller the loop, the more easily it will stay in place on your garland).

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10. Glue the remaining two sides of the ornament together.

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11. Now repeat with the rest of your pieces. You should end up with 8 ornaments (4 of A and 4 of B) and 18 stars. (To make the string of stars, you just need to use the same method of adding the twine to the spine and space each star 2cm apart with only the top one having a loop.)

12. Now all you need to do is assemble the garland. I followed this pattern:

Ornament A, Stars, Ornament B, Stars, Ornament A, Stars, Ornament B, Stars, Ornament A, Stars, Ornament B, Stars, Ornament A, Stars, Ornament B.

Christmas Paper Garland

I spaced mine 6cm apart and on the same twine I used for the ornaments and stars. If you want to keep the ornaments in place you can place a small amount of double sided tape at the intervals or tie a knot there. I find that if you make the loops quiet small on the ornaments, they will stay in place on the twine and you will have the freedom of moving them around.

 

I hope you enjoyed making these with your loved ones (you know they really love you when they’re willing to cut 108 stars for you)!

See you back here next week for Week 2 of my 8 Weeks of Christmas!