always save your paper scraps.
no matter how small.
this is my version of the basic garland that you see everywhere. nothing new. just fun to sit down and create.
i think the photos are self explanatory, but a brief description:
i made a small triangle template out of chipboard and traced this onto any paper scraps where it would fit. then i got tired of tracing and just free-hand cut around the chipboard template while holding it over top of the chosen paper scraps.
i then glued all of the paper triangles onto chipboard and cut them out.
my chipboard template also had 2 small holes that i used as a template for punching the holes into my triangles after i had cut them out--these of course, became the stringing holes.
i used a silver thread for stringing. the thread had a lot of toothiness to it so i did not need to do any knotting in between.
(mini tree is from IKEA)
updated: a few folks have asked about the FEJKA tree. they couldn't find it in the seasonal section at Ikea. it is actually located in the plant pots/twiggy greenery etc section--usually close to the framing section in most of their stores. it was approx. $15-i love mine!