I was completely out of my mind when I thought I’d be able to post regularly while on my trip to Nashville; hello, am I crazy? It was pretty much nonstop wedding planning. The good news is that we knocked out most of the checklist, so Mr. Crepe and I are feeling like superheroes.
One of the things I’ve been working on gradually are random decorating items. Whether it’s the doorway, the buffet tables, or the greeting table, there are plenty of places that need some love. I’ve been adoring the images that have been floating around the internet of tissue paper garlands because they remind me of kids’ birthday parties. And I’ve been injecting child-like charm as much as I can into the reception to keep it from becoming too stuffy. This tissue paper garland is super cheap and easy to make! I got all the tissue paper from Uline.com (actually, their sale section, so it was an even better deal, at about $13 a pack of 480 sheets, WHAT.).
For each streamer/bundle, you’ll need about four stacked sheets of 20×30″ sheets.
If my math is correct (and it probably isn’t) each pack will make approximately 7680 streamer bundles. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make over 7k of these guys, but a hundred might be possible! You can also make a variety of stuff with the leftovers (poms, favors, etc) so it’s totally worth it.
They already come folded in half, so I took each stack of 4 (folded makes 8 layers) and cut them into about 4 sections. I eyeballed all this, so no measurements were taken. I then cut strips into each section, about an 1″ or 1.5″ wide, leaving the tops uncut.
After you’ve cut the strips, unfold the entire thing and stagger the layers, like the image below. This is to make sure all the streamers separate to make the whole bundle nice and fluffy!
The grab the whole thing and twist. Start carefully by twisting the center using just your thumb and forefinger, then continue to twist tightly. Tissue paper is shockingly resilient! You’ll want about 3 inches of twisted paper.
Bend the whole thing to create a loop in the center of the bundle..
I tied them off with a bit of twine and then we’re done! Shake it out a bit to fluff.
I haven’t strung them up yet but I’m hoping they’ll make fun decorations for the banquet tables or possibly our DIY photobooth backdrop!
Are you incorporating garlands into your wedding decor?
- Queens, NY/Nashville, TN
- Jewelry Designer
- Wedding Date:
- May 2011
- A church in downtown Nashville