Here is another really simple Christmas decoration you can make using items you probably already have in the cupboard. It’s a simple garland made from paper circles and jute twine. I photocopied an old piece of sheet music to cut up for the circles, but you could use an old book, coloured paper, and old phone book or old street maps. Cut out circles about 4 cm (1 1/2”) in diameter. You will need to cut out LOTS of little circles, so pop a movie on or invite a friend to help so you can chat while making a pretty garland together.
Layer 3 circles together and place the twine over the top through the middle. Using you sewing machine (you could do it by hand if you are very patient) start stitching along the twine and through the paper, keep stitching along the length of twine, adding 3 more paper circles at intervals of about 2.5 – 3 cm (an inch or so). I just love the look of neat little stitches on paper! Work slowly to make it easier to sew straight along the narrow piece of twine. Keep going until your garland has reached your desired length.
Once you’ve finished sewing the paper to the twine, fold the two outer circles along the stitch line in each cluster to give them a 3-dimensional look. I think this looks so pretty and festive without being garish. It is also functional as you can hang your Christmas cards from the gaps between the circles with tiny wooden pegs!
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