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How to Make a Paper Heart Garland!

We love having these cute paper heart garlands up around the house year-round, but February is a special time for love, right?! So let’s put a little love up around this joint!

Supplies:
Paper (I used red cardstock, but I think regular paper would work just fine too, and in any color you’d like)
Paper punch
Guillotine paper cutter (I call it the woosh woosh cutter) or scissors
String or twine
Stapler (not pictured)

1. Take your stack of paper and measure out an even number of strips – it was just shy of 1 1/5 inch strips for my 8.5 x 11 pages, cut the long way.

2. Cut along your measurements. The more strips you make, the longer your garland – you decide!

3. Fold your strips in half and curve the ends in together to form a heart.

4. Mark on your first strip where you will punch your holes (this will be your template).


5. Punch holes in all your strips.


6. Reconnect your end pieces, top hole to top hole.

7. Staple the ends while shaped into a heart.

8. Thread the string through your hearts. I found a little tape on the end of my string made it easier to thread through the hearts (my paper punch was a little small – you might not have any trouble).

9. Hang and spread the love! Happy paper project-ing!

How to: Make a Paper Christmas Tree!

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Roxie requested that we make some Christmas trees last week – she’s into glue and learning to use scissors these days – and as I was cutting the tree trunk I had the thought: This could be a little stand-up tree! Or a table place card! So, without further ado: a bonus paper project! Tiny table trees!

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Supplies:
• Tree template (print pdf here)
• Scissors
• Markers (you could even glue on sequins or do little tissue paper bits)
   (Ed note: The MINUTE I wrote sequins, I jumped up to make another tree…see above… ‘cause I’m a hoarder with packets of sequins and old birthday garland in the closet.)
• Glitter, sequins, tissue paper, tinsel, glue…you get it.

1. Cut out tree. Make sure to cut on the dotted lines at the trunk, but leave those flaps on – they become the stand.

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2. Decorate tree. You can color on them, glue on them, stamp on them, make them place cards for your holiday table. Whatever you want! (< exciting!)

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3. Fold the two flaps in at the trunk lines, then place the two slits together to form a triangle stand.

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4. Stand ‘er up.

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That’s it! Simple, right? Happy holidays, friends!

-Aryn