A few weeks ago, a few bloggy friends decided to form a group to support and challenge each other. We thought it would be fun to do a regular post making a craft out of the same material just to see how we would each interpret the challenge. Our first material was crepe paper. When I think of crepe paper, my mind automatically goes to crepe paper streamers. What I wanted to try out was making a crepe paper garland. After all, isn’t crepe paper the same as tissue paper? After a bit of research, I learned that crepe paper is:
- Firmer and more durable than tissue paper
- Available in sheet form and streamer form
- Crinkled in texture
- Nearly impossible to find in Miami
- A very tasty kitten treat
I finally found some in sheets at a local art shop but the color selection was lacking. I grabbed some in white since I had no idea how the garland idea would work. I was hired to do some bridal shower decorations and was hoping that this would turn out to be something that would work for that job.
I used the lid of a mason jar to draw circles on the paper which was folded over several times. I just cut them out with scissors not worrying about the circles not being perfect.
I folded over two circles at a time and used a needle and thread to start my garland.
After a few minutes you start seeing the garland take shape. The crepe paper is much firmer than tissue paper so you can spread out the circles a bit to make them fuller.
Just like my fabric wreath, this is one of those repetitive crafts but the outcome is worth it.
The crepe paper garland doesn’t look so lovely hanging out from the counter in our kitchen but I know it will be perfect over the dark wood buffet it will be displayed on during the shower.
Here are a couple of close ups. I used a piece of yellow ribbon on each end that can be used to hold it up.
Hope you all had a great weekend! I dealt with a sick, pathetic husband all weekend. It was “serious” enough to turn him into a big baby who spent the weekend telling me what to do with his precious belongings when he passed. Dramatic, much? It also means we did not finish tackling our landscaping project and I barely was able to craft. Boys.
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