Adventures in garlanding

I made these map garlands as a special request for a customer and they have proved rather popular. The map colours glow in the light – all those blues and green smoosh together into something very pretty.

This is the style I call ‘paper onions’. I don’t know what else to call them!

These are paper hearts, strung on twine. There are eight on a string. I’ve toyed with making longer ones  of maybe even 16 – I think they’d look quite spectacular for a going away party or something like that.

I’d like to experiment with something other than twine though. I like the rustic effect and I think it goes well with the paper but I’d like to try it with some sort of silky cord maybe, or ribbon. I’ve just bought a few things to try out, so watch this space for yet more adventures in garlanding.

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70 responses to “Adventures in garlanding

  1. It’s good to see you back. The garlands are lovely!

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  3. Love these! I have an old atlas that I use for wrapping paper, card accents, and handcrafted envelopes. I love seeing these go to good use!

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  5. kasha

    I love this. My little mind can’t wrap around how you make these. I am sure everyone else can look at these and just make them, but is there a tutorial by chance?
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  8. ohiocrafter

    Would love to have instructions. Great way to recycle all those old maps and atlases.

  9. My roommate and boyfriend and I just had a craft night and made 15 of these, as onions and hearts and onion-heart hybrid and flowers. So thank you for the idea, it was really fun! Our kitchen thanks you too.

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  11. Kaytee

    where did you find the twine string?

    • bookity

      I use a brand called Nutscene – they’re good quality and they thoughtfully make twine in pretty colours now, like purple and red.

  12. Rachel Wilson

    What did you use to keep all the pieces together? And is the top looped for the twine to pass through?

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  15. Hello, I really like your garlands! My friend is emigrating soon and I thought I’d give them a go: if you have time, is there any chance of some instructions? I’m not very “crafty’ so need to be told exactly what to do!

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