A PA­PER GAR­LAND

Mollie Makes - - SUSTAINABL­E CHRISTMAS -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

■ Old Christ­mas cards ■ Used wrap­ping pa­per ■ Ex­tra card

■ Pens

■ Pencils

■ Inks

■ Paints

■ Paint brushes ■ Pa­per punches ■ Sewing ma­chine ■ Thread

■ Hole punch ■ Twine Elim­i­nate some of your Christ­mas-waste guilt with these pretty re­cy­cled gar­lands. If, like us, you

nd your­self hoard­ing your greet­ing cards from loved ones ev­ery year, this is a su­per creative way to put them to good use. Use a va­ri­ety of de­signs, and add in some jazzy mir­ror or glit­ter card for ex­tra Christ­mas pizazz.

Feel like your de­sign isn’t work­ing? Just cut it where you’re not happy and, start­ing half­way down the last shape, re-join the next shape.

Gather to­gether any old

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Christ­mas cards, greet­ing cards, gift wrap and coloured card you have. Pa­per punches work best with slightly thicker

pa­per or card, so avoid us­ing thin­ner pa­per.

Us­ing ei­ther pens,

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pencils, inks, paints or any other medium you choose, dec­o­rate the plain side of the pa­per and card with a va­ri­ety of pat­terns. We used dots, dashes, lines and cir­cles in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent colours and thick­nesses to add in­ter­est.

Re­mem­ber, the nished gar­land will be seen from afar, so the bolder, the bet­ter.

Use the pa­per punch

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to cut out shapes from the pat­terned side of the greet­ing cards and gift wrap, and play around with lay­er­ing the dif­fer­ent sizes to form a se­lec­tion of shapes. In or­der to create a 3D gar­land, each shape will need to have at least two lay­ers. Gen­er­ally, sewing ma­chines are ro­bust enough to cope with at least four lay­ers of pa­per or card, and the more you in­clude, the fuller the gar­land will look.

Once you’ve de­cided on

04 the nal pat­tern, punch out enough shapes to al­low it to re­peat to the de­sired length of your gar­land. Sep­a­rate them out into their in­di­vid­ual piles and layer them up for ease of sewing.

Thread the sewing

05 ma­chine with ei­ther a cor­re­spond­ing or con­trast­ing coloured thread, de­pend­ing on the look you want to achieve. Start by in­sert­ing the rst shapes un­der the foot. Sewing should be­gin half­way down the rst shape and nish half­way down the last shape. Once you’ve come al­most to the edge of the

rst shape, pick up the next shapes and, mak­ing sure all the lay­ers are pinched to­gether, feed them un­der the foot so they’re butted up next to the rst shape.

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shapes un­der the foot one af­ter the other as per Step 5, un­til the last shape is reached. To create an even look­ing

gar­land, try not to leave a gap be­tween the shapes – make sure to con­tinue butting them up next to each other as they’re fed un­der the foot.

Tie all the loose threads in

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small knots to pre­vent them com­ing loose, then trim the ends. Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the rst and last shape, then create a hanging loop us­ing the twine.

Start­ing at one end and

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work­ing along the gar­land, fold each of the card shapes along the stitched line

to create a 3D ef­fect. The

nished gar­land can then be hung up, or wrapped around a Christ­mas tree.

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