Monday, March 4, 2013

20 minute paper "button" garland

With a spare gap of time before dinner, and an itch to do something crafty, I made up this quick paper garland with in just a few easy steps.  All you need is the right tools and 20 minutes--it's easy as pie!

Spice up your generic lamps
You'll need these tools:
Baker's twine or another similar size cotton twine
Heavy cardstock


What to do:
1. Punch out about 20 circles from the cardstock using the 1" hole punch. 

2. Using the 1/16" punch, punch two holes in the center of each 1" circle so it looks like a button

Little "button"

3. Cut the twine to the length you want your garland to be. Mine is about 6 feet.

4. Weave the twine in and out of the little holes in the circles and slide down to the end. Be gentle so the string doesn't get all fuzzy. Continue with the remaining circles, keeping the same distance between each.  I used the length of my thumb as a guide.  The circles won't shift if the garland is handled gently, but if you are all insecure about it, you can add a drop of clear drying glue to keep it in place.  

Hang it up and woaah it's party time.

So there you go!  You can obviously do a million variations on this.  And in only 20 minutes, that's 3 per episode of Breaking Bad!

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