The natural light in our apartment is practically nonexistent or harsh. So I tried something new. Actually three somethings new: 1- I set up shop in a new location: I covered the TV with the tablecloth I made and used that as my backdrop (I actually wanted to use plain white fabric, but don’t have any not in use i.e. sheets) 2- I attempted some *cringe* photo styling and 3- I shot in manual
I’m actually a little terrified to post this publicly because, while I love learning new things, I don’t like not doing them well and being my first attempt at three different things, I knew this wouldn’t be up to my standards. But if we never did anything that terrified us, how far would we get with the good things in life? This is a good example of how my head works: I’m terrified of heights so when I got the opportunity to bungee jump in New Zealand, I went for it. I’m still scared of heights but it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I highly recommend it even if you’re not terrified. (But you should be.)
- paper (I used cardstock, but I’ve used construction paper in the past)
- string (I used thread, twine, and monofilament)
- a pencil
- a ruler
- a thumbtack (or something else to make a small hole)
- a needle
- if you have any paper punches, that’s also helpful, but not necessary (unless you hate cutting as much as I do, then it’s very necessary)
DIY No-Sew Triangle Garlands:
1. Cut out 2″ strips of paper. Here’s the part where I overly explain: measure two inches along the entire strip of paper on both sides and make a little mark, then line up the ruler with both marks and draw a light line. Keep doing that every two inches and then cut along those lines and you’ll get two inch strips of paper
2. Cut strips into triangles. Cut at the corner and go diagonally across to make a triangle, then cut straight across for the next triangle. I found it easier to keep turning the paper around so I was always cutting on the same side since I’m a righty and I wanted to make sure to cut exactly on the angle, but you don’t have to.
This is a situation where a tripod or another person would really come in handy, but I didn’t have either of those things so hopefully you get the picture from these pictures.
3. String them together If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you probably know that I can’t sew. And not fakely as in “no, I don’t know how to sew, I can just make an envelope pillow.” I can’t sew. At all. So now forgive me because I called this no-sew, but actually you’re going to be using a needle and thread. But trust me on this- if I can do this, SO CAN YOU. Using your thumbtack, poke a hole in the bottom center of the triangle and the top center. At first I tried using the needle to poke holes, but it killed my finger and my hole puncher is way too big so this worked out quite nicely. Then thread the needle using the thingamabob and pull the needle through both holes. Just keep stringing it through until you get your desired length. Bam. No-sew triangle garland.
DIY No-Sew Circle Garland:
used started off using the same method but used a paper punch to make scalloped circles. You can trace the bottom of a cup and cut out circles yourself, but as a scissor-loather, I prefer to avoid tedious cutting when I can (though I’ve done it for my beautiful rambunctious niece’s party). Maybe if I had these gold scissors I’d be inclined to do it more often… Anyway, I got tired of my thumbtack sewing, so I went the route of my first no-sew circle garland I made for Mia’s party and glue sandwiched (paper circle + glue + paper circle = glue sandwich)
DIY No-Sew Square Garland:
You’re getting the picture, right? Just cut those strips and then cut them into squares. I didn’t get concerned with keeping them all the same size, but if you were: line up the ruler with the strip of paper and mark off every two inches, make straight lines with the ruler, then cut.
In the past I’ve also used tape (for Aiden’s mustache garlands) but it didn’t look as nice, so I thought I’d give the fake sewing a try. I think it’ll be my method from now on since it looks the nicest and is pretty easy.
The trick for most of these things is to do it while you watch something, but be careful because hypothetically you could be watching something that makes you laugh so much you cry and constantly mess up your garland shapes. Completely hypothetical.
Tell me everything you’ve ever done that terrified you and whether it was worth it! I realize this is so tiny in the scheme of life, but putting myself out there is still scary to me!
Happy Columbus Day!