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Tutorial Tuesday: Recycled Snowflake Garland

December 29, 2009

What’s that you say? You’ve got enough snow outside, thank you very much, that you don’t need any indoors, as well? Well, maybe you’re stuck inside and need something to do that won’t require a trip into the cold to buy supplies. The days are already lengthening, you say, and the holidays are almost over? It’s never too late for a little bit of festive winter cheer, if you ask me. Besides, ’round these parts we have to make our own snow.

Security envelopes (recycled from bank statements, bills, etc.)
White thread
Sewing machine
Parchment paper or wax paper

1. Go through your junk mail or recycling and find some security envelopes.

2. Cut the envelopes open and cut squares of various sizes. I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed them all.

4. Summon your inner child (or real children) and start cutting out snowflakes. Here are some pointers for cutting pretty snowflakes, if you need them. (Edited to add: Here is another snowflake tutorial that I wish I had found in time to use for this project.)

I think I ended up cutting about two dozen in total.

5. Cut long strips of parchment paper. They only really need to be wide enough to sew on, and the total length needs to be as long as your final garland length. I just cut/tore a few and then cut more as I needed them.

6. Take one of the strips of parchment paper, set a snowflake on top, and sew ’em together with the sewing machine. Keep sewing a couple of inches past the snowflake, and then sew on another. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Uh oh, reached the end of a strip of parchment paper?

No problem! Just add another and keep going.

Here’s the garland, parchment paper intact.

7. Working on the backside, carefully tear away the parchment paper. Stray bits would be less noticeable if I wasn’t using unbleached paper, but it’s all I had. They tangle easily, so be careful not to ruin your snowflakes or break your thread!

Hang up your garland and enjoy!

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