With so much Christmas paper left over after opening gifts, recycle your used wrapping paper into a flower garland. Fashion flowers with simple supplies and thread them together to make strands of colourful decorations from the discarded remnants of Christmas giving. Paper flower garlands can be used as party ornaments all through the year. Strung across a doorway or on the front of a table, they lend a festive air to celebrations all year long.
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Things you need
- Jar lids
- Large needle
- Pipe cleaners
- Sewing machine
Flatten wrapping paper and coordinate colours to create the coloured flowers you desire. Place papers on top of each other to make four layers.
Lay two different sized lids on top of the paper and trace around the edges to create circles atop the layers of paper.
Cut the circles out of the wrapping paper --- you'll have eight --- and lay the smaller circles on top of the larger ones.
Pierce two holes in the centre of the paper with a large needle.
Feed a pipe cleaner in and out through these holes, to secure all eight layers together.
Twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner together to secure them on the back of the flower.
Cut and trim the pipe cleaner ends so they lie close to the flower.
Bend and fluff the paper circles, starting in the centre of the flower pieces, to form them into a more convincing floral shape.
Cut leaf shapes and glue them to the reverse side of the flower.
Sew a straight line of stitches across the outermost portion of one flower. Do not cut the flower off of the sewing machine thread, but pull the flower so it is 2 inches from the presser foot. This becomes the start of the connecting strand.
Attach remaining flowers in a similar fashion to create a long strand.
Tips and warnings
- Flowers may also be stitched together by hand, without the aid of a sewing machine.
- Wrapping paper flowers may also be fabricated with other techniques, such as accordion pleating or puffing, and similarly formed into a garland.
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