DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas

DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america

I love any excuse to make crafty decorations for parties and get-togethers. With 4th of July coming up this Friday, I decided to whip up not one, but three different DIY garlands to display at our annual BBQ with friends. All of these are simple projects that anyone can make in time for the 4th of July!

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1. Paper Star Garland

• Red, white and blue construction paper
Red bakers twine (or string)
Star punch
Craft glue

Use a star kraft punch to punch stars from red, white and blue construction paper. Cut a piece of bakers twine (any length is fine, I recommend 4′-6′). Add a drop of glue onto the center of a paper star and place the twine into the glue. Continue glueing stars to the twine, about 1-2″ apart. Let glue dry and then hang and display.

DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america
DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america

2. Patriotic Pom-pom Garland

• Red, white and blue yarn
Pom pom maker
Bakers Twine
• Scissors
• Yarn needle

I recommend watching this video tutorial from Clover Needlecraft for instructions on how to use a pom-pom maker. Make 9 yarn pom-poms (3 red, 3 white, and 3 blue). Use a yarn needle and bakers twine to string the pom-poms together.

DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america
DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america
DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america

3. Tie-Dye Tissue Fireworks Garland

Red and blue dye
• White tissue paper
• Yarn needle
Bakers twine

The first step is to tie-dye the tissue paper. Check out this tutorial on Honest to Nod blog for instructions.

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To make the tissue ‘fireworks’, follow this tutorial by Confetti Sunshine on how to make a tissue flower garland. I used a yarn needle and bakers twine to string the tissue ‘fireworks’ together.

DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america
DIY: Three Patriotic Garland Ideas #craft #4thofjuly #decoration #america

What do you plan to make for 4th of July this year? Share your food and craft ideas in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

alissa-biopic_200x200Please welcome our very first guest blogger, Alissa Thiele! Alissa is a Portland based artist who’s photography & illustration work is inspired by the Pacific Northwest – the mountains, mushrooms, ocean, and sea otters. Alissa loves creating jewelry with kitschy, vintage gems. Her work can be found at many locally owned stores and in her Etsy shop at www.atealeaf.etsy.com.

Does your home need a little sprucing up? Make this crafty paper garland to hang on your walls, windows, or doorways. This fun DIY is a perfect decoration for your next special event, holiday, or even just year-round. Plus it’s a great craft project to do with your friends and family – what better excuse for a craft night!

Supplies:

Butterfly Template
• An old book you don’t mind cutting up (thicker pages work best)
• Ink (Speedball calligraphy ink works great)
• Baker’s twine
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Stapler
• Paper hole punch

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1. Choose Your Shape

Take your scissors and cut out the butterfly stencil. If you are feeling extra creative you can make your own shape. Maybe a clover, flower, heart, or circle. It’s best for the shape to be about 2”-3” in length & height.

2. Use An Old Book

Find an old book that you don’t mind cutting up. Remove 3-5 pages from the book. An X-acto knife & ruler make it easy to do, but you can also tear them carefully. Using a pencil, trace your butterfly stencil onto a page. Be sure to trace in an area that has lots of text (or fun illustrations!). Depending on the size of your book, you should be able to fit about 3 butterflies on the page.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

3. Cut Out Your Shape

Next, paperclip the rest of your removed pages below your traced page. Now we can cut lots of butterflies at once! Carefully cut out the butterfly shapes with scissors.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration
DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

4. Form The butterfly

Gather 3 of the butterflies that you just cut out. Put them together & fold them in half vertically. On the fold, staple the center of the butterfly. With your hole punch, make a hole above the staple (this is how you’ll string the butterflies into a garland). Finally, fan out the butterfly wings. So pretty!

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

5. Dip Dye Your Butterflies

Now we’re getting to the fun part! First create a work space where you can dye and dry the butterflies. I like to put down some plastic wrap on a table and then add a layer of paper towels so it’s extra ink proof. Then put a half cup of water and a teaspoon of ink into a glass. Take your butterfly sample and submerge it halfway down. Hold for 10 seconds, making sure the ink gets on all sides of the butterfly. Remove it from the ink, blot excess ink on paper towels, and carefully lay it out. Pro Tip: stand the butterfly up on the paper towel so it doesn’t get bent while it dries.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration
DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

If you’re happy with the color repeat STEPS TWO – FIVE to make more butterflies. If not, add more ink or more water as needed. Keep it interesting by alternating between dying the tops and dying the bottoms. Make about 10 completed butterflies.

DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

6. String Into Garland

Almost done! After all the butterflies have dried, cut a piece of baker’s twine about 6 feet long. String the butterflies on the twine, tying a knot in between each to prevent them from sliding too much. Now hang up your awesome new garland on your doorway, ceiling, window, or wall!

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DIY: Dip-Dyed Paper Butterfly Garland #craft #recycled #decoration

TOOLBOX: Corner Rounder Craft Punch Review

I once watched a plucky design student cut 60 rounded corners with an Xacto knife. This is a painstaking process that I will not illustrate for you because it involves too much work and too many accidents. Although I had not been exposed to all of the crafting materials out there, I knew there must be a better way.

One of the major perks to working in a paper store was that we had access to almost all of the tools we sold, and to the wisdom of the older crafters around us. So when I decided to buy a corner rounder for myself, I bought this one…

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It’s called the Corner Adorner – Medium Corner Rounder by EK Success.

Don’t expect too much. It can only handle one piece of cover stock at a time, and after a few years (of abuse) some of the flimsy parts in mine broke. However, compared to the quality of most of the craft corner rounders it worked better from the beginning to the end with less finger strength needed. (Some of the others were just plain tough to use.) I replaced the broken punch with an identical one if that says anything.

A Hint- if you have punches like this (or any punches really) there are a couple of good ways to keep them working smoothly. If you punch through aluminum foil (which I usually fold over a few times) it is said to sharpen the blade. Punching through wax paper makes the whole thing move a little smother.

I think that rounded corners can be the touch that makes a paper project, but if you’re working on something with quantity make sure you have the necessary finger strength and time to get it done with this little sucker OR invest in the Diamond 1 Corner Rounder.

Note: I did not receive any kind of compensation for this product review. At Adventures in Making we love sharing information about our favorite tools and resources because we believe knowledge should be shared and that we can all learn from each other’s experiences.