Sunday, 28 November 2010
tutorial: snowflake garland
In my Creative Space this week...
I've been saving up all of my opened security envelopes - you know, the ones with the great patterns printed on the inside to make them more difficult to spy through - knowing that one day I would come up with a use for them.
I've covered sketch books in them and used them to make designs on cards... but the other day, an idea came to me which I had to try out. The varying patterns on the envelopes make a great Christmas garland of snowflakes.
I thought some of you would like to try this at home, so I've written a tutorial on how to make this simple yet effective snowflake garland.
Snowflake Garland Tutorial
1. Round up some security envelopes. It works best if you have a few different patterns otherwise your snowflakes won't stand out against each other.
6. When you have made enough snowflakes, it's time to get the creases flattened out. The best way to do this is to spray each snowflake with a little water from a spray bottle before carefully ironing both sides. You'll find this also stiffens up the paper a little. Make sure you spray each snowflake with water individually prior to ironing otherwise you'll find that the snowflakes waiting to be ironed will have curled up from the water which will make it harder to get them flat to iron.
7. Snowflakes ironed? Now it's time to string them together. Using white cotton thread in your sewing machine and a mid-size stitch length, pull out a decent lenght of cotton from the machine (top and bottom) so that you have something to string them up with when you're done. Insert your first snowflake into the foot of your machine and making sure to stitch through the centre of the snowflake otherwise you'll have a lopsided garland that doesn't look quite right.
In between each snowflake, let the machine run at least a dozen stitches to space the snowflakes out. You don't want them too close to each other or they will not hang or look right.
8. When you're done, you can hang your new upcycled Christmas decoration on the wall using blu tack or sticky tape - depending on your walls. You can hang a few strings vertically to create a feature area or string them up like you would bunting. It's up to you.
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