In keeping with the theme of COLOR for Aria's party, I wanted to create a decoration that would add lots of color and fun to the event. I saw this garland on a party blog and thought it would be perfect for this theme. All you need is scissors, paper, thread and a sewing machine to put it all together. Of course, it helps to have a paper cutter to make the preparation a little easier.
Here's what I did.
I used 14 different colors of glitter cardstock paper (white isn't shown here) and cut them into 1" x 15" strips. Then I lined them up in the pattern shown and sewed them straight down the center, without leaving a space between each strip.
The resulting effect is this beautiful stream of color that spins and twirls as it hangs. I probably took 30 pictures trying to capture how pretty the effect of this paper garland was, and I just couln't do it justice. I hung most of them like this, but there were others that I swagged across entryways which was just as pretty but didn't spin as much.
Here is a grouping of 7 strands of garland in front of an Arcadia door window.
It takes a little patience to cut out all of the paper strips and put these together... but aside from that- no real skill is required. At first, I was really exact in my process... making sure I cut them out the exact same size... sewing as close to down the center of each strip as I could..... then I realized that even when I got a little sloppy, the end result came out just the same.