Recycling is part of the ever increasing trend of going Green. It is a fun, inexpensive way of repurposing items you likely already have in your home into something beautiful. This year, consider creating a ribbon or cardstock garland for your Christmas tree, mantle, or staircase using mismatched pieces of ribbon, recycled greeting cards or scrapbooking cardstock.
The process is simple and easy.
Step 1: Cut pieces of ribbon or holiday cardstock into 2 inch by 6 inch strips using a paper cutter or trimmer. For added interest, consider using edging tools.
Step 2: For an eclectic, random design, choose ribbons and cardstock in varying colors and textures and select the order as you work. For a more cohesive look, choose ribbons and cardstock in coordinating, complimentary colors and textures (i.e. gold, silver and white, or red/green).
Step 3: Begin with one piece of ribbon or cardstock, place right sides together close to the ends, and staple. For the best results, staple approximately ¼” from the edge to prevent fraying.
Step 4: Glue the ribbon together at the ends for added strength, then turn it right side out.
Step 5: Thread the next piece of ribbon through the ribbon loop you just completed.
Step 6: Repeat until you have created your desired length.
To repeat or complete this project next year, save the ribbons and packaging tied or adorned to the gifts you receive this
Photograph Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com.