Category Archives: Bunting & Garlands

Paper Lanterns

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Make a pretty string of lanterns for a party, or just to decorate your home. Because they’re battery operated, you can hang them where you like–no need for an outlet.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, wrap a piece of your scrapbook paper snugly around the edge of your tea light to figure out how wide your pieces of paper need to be. Mark, and cut the paper width to size.

Then, figure out how tall you want the lanterns to be, and mark and cut your paper.

Fold your paper in half length-wise.

Cut slits evenly spaced along the folded edge, getting no closer than 1/4-inch to the top edge. Unfold the paper.

Wrap the edge of your paper around the base of the tea light (totally hiding the candle), so the candle flame is facing up into the lantern, and adhere the paper to the candle with your hot glue. The candle is going to be the TOP of your lantern, because if the candle is on the bottom of the lantern, it’s weight pulls the paper too much, and you lose the nice lantern shape. So, if you want the design on your paper to be right-side up, glue accordingly.

Carefully line up the side seam of your lantern, and use a bit of hot glue to adhere the edges together, being careful to evenly line up the top edge.

Cut a small length of twine, and glue into a “u” shape on the top of your lantern.

I varied the shape of my lanterns by gluing a solid sheet of paper into a cylinder around the candle first, and then gluing a cut lantern piece over the top. You can also cut your slits different widths to vary how they look.

Hang your lanterns on their own, or cut a long piece of twine, and string all the lanterns together.

The flickering of the battery operated candles really makes these little lanterns extra pretty.

Happy crafting!

Valentine Garlands

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I’m a huge fan of garlands because they’re a really easy way to decorate for an upcoming holiday or party. While Valentine’s Day isn’t quite as popular a holiday to decorate for than some of the other ones, you can’t deny that the decorations are adorable! Here are some easy ways to add some Valentine’s Day festivity to your home with garlands.

Vintage Valentine Animal Garland

Vintage Valentine Animal Garland

These cute and fuzzy friends are so fun, you may not want to take them down! Add some personality to your Valentine’s Day decor with this vintage inspired garland.

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BOO and EEK Paper Straw Halloween Hangers

By General Crafts Contributor Victoria from the blog Dazzle While Frazzled.

Take some festive Halloween straws and turn them into letter hangers to spell out the spookiest phrases

Paper straws are not only great for parties and adding a festive touch to an otherwise plain party cup. They also make for a fun crafting tool and an easy way to add color and pattern to your seasonal project.

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Paper Garlands

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I’m a huge fan of garlands for any occasion. I think they add some fun whimsy to seasonal or just regular home decor. Paper garlands are great because they’re easy, lightweight, and inexpensive. Check out some of my favorites for any occasion.

Beautiful Bird Garland

Beautiful Bird Garland

Print out the free bird and egg templates to create this garland, and add a little pouf with an adorable pom pom! I think these make a fun fall decoration, or string them up in a classroom while you’re learning about birds!

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Halloween Lollipop Garland

By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.

Make some colorful clay lollipops for a unique Halloween decoration

I had so much fun creating the lollipops for this unique garland. It was just what my all seasons tree needed to transition from summer to fall. You won’t believe how fun and easy this project is!

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