My dearest grandmother turned 80 a few weeks ago and I was given the task of creating the decorations for the party. I wanted a fun, modern spring feel for the party but wanted to keep things on a budget. I had created a large paper strip garland for Evan's baby shower last fall and wanted to do something similar but with diamonds. I took a trip to Michael's and scoured the paper punches for a diamond shape but came up empty handed. I left with a square punch and decided to use squares tipped at an angle to create little diamonds. Using the punch, some fun colored paper and bright thread this garland came together in no time! Using gender neutral colors, I will be able to keep this on hand for more parties to come (thinking of using it for Evan's 1st birthday at the end of the year)! See how to make your own simple little garland for your next party!
quick & crafty: paper diamond garland
- Square punch (if you don't have this already, you could simply use a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting mat to cut 2" squares)
- Construction paper
- Coordinating colored thread
- Sewing machine
1. Start by picking your color and punch. Punch out the squares from the sheets of paper. I used about 7 pieces of paper with a 2" punch and tried to get as many punches as possible. My garland ended up being approximately 20' in length once completed
2. Use your sewing machine to sew all of the squares together (sew at a diagonal). Leave some thread off the start of the garland for tying and same at the end. When you feed each square through, try to leave a little room between each so that the "diamonds" will move more freely around on the garland (they should spin around once hung).
The first step took about 5 minutes and the second about 15. So in 20 minutes I ended up with a 20 foot garland all for the cost of the punch. You can apply this same set of instructions with any punch to create all different shape garlands. Can't wait to make a few more of these!