When it comes to design, I love shapes and patterns that are simple, yet make a statement. I’ve also always adored metallics, which are great for those who want a little “bling” without overdoing it. For this home decor project, I’ll show you how to use foil tape (you read right – foil tape!) to make a chic and simple DIY garland. This project is proof that materials in the scrapbooking aisle can be used in more than one way!
- Daice Cardstock
- Paper Hole Punch or Leather Punch (I tested out both; either one can work!)
- Darice Foil Metallic Tape in Copper *
- Craft Scissors
- Hot Glue Gun
- Darice 14mm x 10mm Thick Chain
- Darice 7mm Copper Jump Rings
- Darice 3 in 1 Pliers with Cutter
*One package of Darice Foil Copper Metallic Tape makes 1-2 triangles, depending on the size of each triangle. Using my measurements in Step 1, I was able to get 1 1/2 triangles from each package of tape.
Step one. Cut three strips of cardstock measuring 4.5″ x .75″ each. Cut a fourth strip measuring 2 1/2″ x 3/4″. These strips will serve as a sturdy base for the foil tape.
Note: Starting with strips that are wider than the tape will be more forgiving in terms of trimming the cardstock. It’s easy to trim the shorter ends with a quick, straight snip – but doing so length wise is usually more difficult by hand. Of course, if you have a paper trimmer, you can also cut strips that measure exactly 4.5″ x .59″ (the exact width of the tape is .59″).
Step two. Place a strip of foil tape on one of the cardstock strips. The tape is very flexible and sticky, so here’s a tip: press down the tape at one end, and slowly peel away the backing, pressing and guiding as you move along.
Step three. Trim away the excess cardstock.
Step five. Hot glue the three 4.5″ strips together to form a triangle.
Step seven. Trim the corners to neaten them up.
Step nine. Punch another hole in the adjacent corner.
Step ten. Repeat Steps 1-9 until you have the number of triangles desired for your DIY garland.
Step eleven. Connect the triangles together with jump rings.
DIY garland Lifestyle Photo by Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.