How to Make a Gorgeous Paper Garland in Under 10 Minutes
Throwing a last minute party and need a some quick and festive decor? You can always turn to the paper garland. Whether we’re creating romantic bunting for Valentine’s Day, pennant banners for the holidays, or planning wedding decor, paper is the easiest way to decorate for any type of event.
For today’s installment of DIY Basics, we’ll turn a few pieces of card stock into a lovely banner, perfect for any season.
– card stock or construction paper
– Tools: sewing machine
First, get your materials together. We used gold and blue paper with a bit of sparkle, but you can use pretty much any time of paper you can find. Magazine covers can work, paper bags, etc. Anything that is slightly thicker than standard copy paper or magazine pages.
Cut your paper into strips. Use scissors or a paper cutter. The strips should vary in size from 1 inch to 4 inches thick. The length on ours varied from 4 inches to 12 inches.
Now time to sew. Pull about a foot of thread out from your sewing machine – this will be the end of the garland you tie or tape onto the wall. Stitch your first piece of paper. After you’re done with one, let the sewing machine keep sewing for about 4 stitches or a quarter inch.
Then feed in your next piece of paper and repeat until you’re done! (Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can also achieve a similar look by stapling pieces of paper to ribbon or thick twine.)
After your last piece of paper, stitch for a few more inches and then pull out about 12 inches of thread. This will help you hang your garland (like the first piece).
Set up your bar, hang the garland on the wall, and bring out the bubbly! To complement the garland, we also made a few drink stirrers with our handy 1-inch hole punch, lollipop sticks, and a dab of Elmer’s.
What your go-to projects for last minute decor? Share ideas with us in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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