OOOh, I REALLY like what I have to share with you guys today!! It turned out so adorable, I know I'll be making these for every party I can in the next few months. Welcome back to the Procrastinating Crafter's guide to (quick) Christmas Glam, my December blog series on super-practical, inexpensive ideas for getting some of that handmade magic infused in your holiday season in no time flat--using mostly things you probably have around the house already!
I've seen these paper circle garlands around online, but never sat down to make one myself. Last night I did, and I LOVED how super fast it was and how totally adorable it looked. All you do is punch or die-cut a ton of random circle sizes, and then sew them together with a running stitch, feeding them into the machone one right after the other. That's IT. No hole-punching, no endless stringing, no hardware needed... and it uses up about a bajillion and a half (actual count) scraps that you would otherwise have to feel guilty about pitching.
My garland went together in literally about twenty minutes from start to finish. I have the Circle #2 die for the Big Shot, so I was able to cut four circles at a time, and four layers of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Papers at a time, for a total of sixteen circles with one crank-through. But if you don't have that die, or heaven forbid you don't have a Big Shot yet (gracious, call me quick!!) you can just use a variety of circle punches. I also punched a lot of different sizes of scallops, and I even threw in some Real Red and Champagne Glimmer Paper ones to bling it up a little.
Sorry the photo's only of a section of the 12-foot garland I made... yes, twelve feet of garland in less than a half hour!... but that little window corner is about the only part of my house that is presentable right now. Everything else is a roaring disaster. I'd explain why, but my to-do list is three miles long (and that's just for this morning). So I need to scoot, but I will see you back here tomorrow for Day Eight of the PCG series. If you want to play along, you'll need the stiff cardboard backing (not chipboard) from a pack of Designer Series Paper for Saturday's project. See you later!