DIY Paper Garlands

It’s no secret that I love a good street score – every true broke-ass can appreciate the low, low price of nothing – and one of the easiest things to snag curb-side is magazines and books. With everyone claiming print is dead; folks are ditching their bound books all over the place. (By the way, bad move – what are you going to read during the zombie revolution when the power goes out? I’m sitting pretty on like two years’ worth of Vanity Fair.) However, this means it’s incredibly easy to get your hands on one of my favorite raw craft materials: paper. Which, now that’s it’s nice outside, can be turned into paper garlands. They’re a nice way to class up the joint and, because it’s how I roll, super easy. Check it:

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Great, right? And those are the hard ones because they require cutting and folding according to the template (and then poking out some holes in any pattern of your choice). It’s only gets easier from there, ‘cause your other options are punching out circles and then sewing or gluing them to a string.

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Rocket surgery, right? Even making the pinwheels really only requires folding a piece of paper, then taping a brace to hold it together. If you dig the flowery style instead, then work it out using coffee filters – or you can cut, fold and pin.

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Use dollies, cut out shapes and snowflakes, or fold into abstract forms. If you’re on house arrest, or are looking for a bit of a project, get origami on it. String ‘em up and start calling friends ‘cause it just got swanky in here.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.

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