Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Once upon a time, when we made some leaves out of paper...

Well, I know I don't need to explain to you... you're used to my perpetual tardiness by now.  No one thought Thanksgiving would be any different, did you??  Well, now that that's settled...

Remember how I made about a gazillion leaves and then teased you with that whole "guess what we'll make with it" thing?  Ok then.  Let's see what we'll make with it.  (This is actually a tutorial in three parts.  Or maybe just three tutorials in one split up over three posts.  Or something.  Basically there are three things you can do with these leaves.  And I'm showing you all of them.  In honor of Thanksgiving's past.)

So.  You've got your leaves with one hole:

Your leaves with two holes:

Your accordion flower things:

Your folded springy flowers:

First things first.  Take those leaves with only one hole

 and string them, one at a time, onto a short piece of twine.  Start with a knot in the twine to hold the first leaf on, then make a knot after each leaf leaving a bit of space.  

Make the spaces between leaves randomly sized.  Put the shapes and the blank vs. "thanks" leaves on in random order.  All very random here.  Each string should have 3-6 leaves on it.  I ended up with about 6 strings total.

Now, let's put all the pieces together, shall we?  We're making a garland!  (It's been a while...)

So, you'll take an extra long piece of twine, and tie a knot in the end.  Then begin by threading the twine through a two-hole leaf.  

Add another.

Sorry, I couldn't for the life of me get decent pictures of this process.  Just focus on the awesomeness of the IDEA, ok?  Thanks.

Then you'll thread on an accordion circle.  Punch a hole through one fold - on the BACK of the circle.  Then just thread your twine in and out.

Add a folded springy flower thing.  Same idea.  Punch a hole in one fold on the BACK of the flower.  Thread your string through, back to front to back.  You know.

When you've got a bunch of your flowers and leaves randomly placed on your string and you like the looks of it, you'll take one of those small strings of leaves and wrap it around the longer garland string.  Like so.

And really, that's it.  You're done with your garland.  

Just tie knots in the end of the twine and hang her on up.

If you're like me, you'll need to make about three more to use up the rest of the leaves you made and make all that effort worth it.  

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