Today’s festive and spirited craft is really helping me feel the season. I always see pretty garlands on Pinterest but I don’t usually take the time to design my own. This project was inspired by folded circle felt garlands I have seen, but I made mine from recyclables! I am a huge fan of newspaper and I like to use it for lots of projects–I just love the whole low meets high thing. I mean, newsprint is basically trash–it is cheap and ubiquitous. (The shiny ad section came in very handy because of all the red ads for Christmas, so I took advantage of those.) I elevated it a bit by inserting a restricted palette of scrapbooking paper. I like making pretty things out of trash. And I like making something so ephemeral and normal into a special and cool holiday decoration.
To make the garland:
- Cut the circles with a 2 1/2″ diameter hole punch from Michael’s.
- Now just start grabbing different colors and creating a nice composition and color balance as you sew:
- For the heavier card stock scrapbooking paper: fold in half and run through the machine using a straight stitch, eyeballing it for center. (Increase the stitch length a bit.)
- For the newsprint circles: Fold a stack of 4-6 pieces in half and run through the sewing machine using a straight stitch. Some of your scrapbooking paper may be a weight that is between card stock and newsprint, so you may just want to sandwich it around two pieces of newsprint when you fold to give it a bit of weight.
By the way…something I am very excited to share with you soon includes newsprint! Hint. Hint.