I promised that I would show you two more ways to make banners/garlands for your "perfect party". These two are both super simple, but they also can be made in a multitude of different ways to add variety.
-a variety of scrapbook paper. I was doing a Halloween theme so I chose purple, black and green. I like lots of patterns and shades!
-a circle paper punch, mine is 2 inches
-tape (I love my little Scotch dispenser, if fits over your hand so you don't lose your tape. The little clear and green rectangle is the refills for it.)
Keep adding circles until you are happy with the length. I wanted mine to be random, so I just made sure I didn't put any two colors or patterns next to each other. I don't like having to keep track of a pattern, although it wouldn't be hard if that is what you wanted to do.
-mixing smaller and larger circles
-using a different shaped punch
-adding hanging circles by using thread to attach them to the garland ones
-using only one color for a solid garland
-making multiple strands and hanging them together (which is what I did above)
-this would also be cute hung vertically, multiple strands together
My cute props were gifts from my sister, Robyn!
This is the one I have and if you buy it at Hobby Lobby it will be a sweet deal with a 40% off coupon! It worked great for this project. I decided to use old book pages (I literally have had these for years, since I made a book page wreath). I could cut multiple pages at a time. It was a snap! If you are using scissors, simply pencil in lines, using a ruler's width to get your measurements. I used the cutting ruler to make mine 1inch.
-make longer loops
-make wider loops
-use different colors of paper
-hang them vertically
-make circles of the chains and attach those to each other to have a giant chain of chains!
-drape them over items, like I did with the pumpkins
-put them on your Christmas tree
There you have it, garlands two ways. These are perfect decor items for the novice crafter or the DIY hater. You have the satisfaction of a handmade item in 15 (or even 10) minutes! How's that for perfect?
This is Day 23 of "31 Days of Perfect Party Planning". See the rest of the series here.
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