Every so often, I like to share with you ways to use wrapping paper that don't have to do with, well, wrapping a present. This 3D paper dot garland — a cheerful, homemade party decoration — is made from gift wrap, sticker paper and embroidery floss, and is super easy to make. Once you get the hang of putting it together, completing the garland is mindless, repetitive work that can be done while watching t.v.
Now that I have these ones made, I'm going to have to throw a party so I can use them! Find the how-to after the break.
- A variety of wrapping paper, either new or used; this is a great project for using up scraps of your favourite papers. I also used wallpaper for my garland; any type of paper will do, though.
- Sticker paper. I used a selection of plain pinks as well as adhesive glitter papers, which I found at the dollar store. If you can't find a colour or pattern that you like, print your own onto adhesive sheets.
- Embroidery thread. Thin ribbon, twine or string will also work.
- Using a 1 1/4" or larger circle punch, punch out lots of circles from the paper and sticker papers, keeping the paper circles separate from the sticker circles. (If you don't have a circle punch, you can also trace circle onto the back of the paper using a pencil and a round object, then cut them out with scissors, but this will take a lot longer.) You'll need 2 paper circles and 2 sticker circles to build each 3D dot. I mixed all my paper circles together and selected them at random to create a random pattern along the garland. I kept the plain pink stickers separate from the glitter stickers and used one of each for each dot so they all had a little sparkle.
- Fold all the paper circles in half, face to face (so the good side is "inside the book").
- Remove the back of a sticker circle. Attach half of one paper circle to one side, then half of a second paper circle to the second side, aligning the circles as closely as possible.
- Place the thread along the seam of the two half paper circles, then attach a second sticker circle, securing the thread between the four circles.
- Fold the sticker circles in half along the seams of the paper circles so the four wings of each dot stick out.
- Repeat steps 3 to 5 for each dot, placing the dots equal distance along the thread until you have a garland your desired length. I placed my dots about 3" apart.
- Hang and party on!
Adapt the design to suit any colour palette or party theme, using paper and thread in the colours and patterns of your choice. You can also use any paper — for example, try old maps, pages from books or magazines, or scrapbooking paper. For the stickers, you could print out a message or images onto adhesive paper sheets to customize the garland even further.