The Gifted Blog

November 4, 2009

Tutorial Tryout: Recycled Paper Garlands

Tutorial Tryouts are my reviews of DIY gift wrapping ideas from the internet and other sources. Click here for the whole series!

While browsing Design Sponge, I came across Laura Normandin's tutorial on how to make a paper garland and (mentally) gasped. I love how she's taken paper scraps and transformed them into a fresh gift wrapping idea. These color combinations are so soothing, and of course, I like how she used neutral wrapping paper as the garlands' backdrop.

I didn't have any paper punches but thought of our friend and papercrafting neighbor, J. She had two and brought them down!

I gathered some scrap papers and went to town punching circles. I used old envelopes, a couple of cards, art exhibition announcements and the decorative border of an old certificate.

It was satisfying to sort them into stacks and think about what color combinations to use.

From there, I used a sewing machine to sew through each circle and connect the dots! I really love how they turned out.

Some of these garlands have since found a home on our faux gold chandelier (which came with the apartment). I didn't like this lighting fixture when we first moved in, but couldn't think of anything to do to it. I became resigned to it, but now that it's draped with strands of little dots, I feel much better!

I went to town, making some multicolored, some black and white, and some Christmas-themed. I look forward to using these for future creative gift wrapping.


  1. This is SO adorable -- and I actually think I could do this!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. @Andrea - Thanks for visiting! I hope you get the chance to make one (or more!). It was a highly satisfying use of scrap papers just collecting dust in my collection.

  3. These garlands are too cute!! They can make anything look festive!! Thanks for sharing and also for stopping by my blog!!

  4. Hi Charissa. LOVE these!

  5. @Jennifer - Hey Jen! How nice to have you visit. Thank you...I totally loved this project and would recommend it if you have access to a sewing machine!


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