I love the sweeping curves in this hanging paper decoration. As they are very simple to make and need only a handful of materials you'll have made your first one in a few minutes (they are even quicker to make if you use a paper cutter rather than scissors). They can be made in one colour or several to achieve totally different effects. The shape reminds me of a clove of garlic, so I recon they would make a great Halloween decoration if made out of white paper and hung around the house to keep Vampires at bay, or if made from orange paper with the addition of a couple of green paper leaves they would resemble pumpkins - or how about making them from sparkly jewel coloured paper (or glue on some glitter) so they catch the light and look like hanging lanterns. You are only limited by your imagination. Happy crafting!
1. Cut out seven 1 inch wide strips of paper or card 1 x 6 inches long, 2 x 7 inches long, 2 x 9 inches long and 2 x 11 inches long and then carefully erase any pencil marks (I'm using a separate colour for each of the different lengths of paper to help illustrate placement of the strips).
2. Lay the strips on the table in front of you with the shortest one in the centre and the others laid either side of it in ascending order ending with the longest.
3. Pick up the shortest strip and sandwich it between the next two longer ones keeping all the short edges of one end together (if the papers have different patterns/colours on each side make sure they are facing the correct way - usually the same pattern/colour will face either the centre or the outside edge, but it's up to you).
4. Take the next pair of paper strips and place them either side of the paper sandwich, lining them up at the same short end.
5. Place the last two strips either side of the paper sandwich in the same way. They should all be level with each other at one short end.
6. Staple the end together through all the layers ½ cm from the edge.
7. Place all the short ends together on the opposite side (this will bend the papers into their curved shape) and staple them together ½ cm from the edge.
8. Tie a long length of thread/ribbon into a hanging loop at one end (if you use invisible sewing thread it will look like the decoration is floating in the air).
9. Hang up your decoration.