Make a banner: glittery geometric garland

Glittery Geometric Garland by Lines AcrossHi, my name is Rachel from Lines Across, and I’m happy to be contributing here at Mod Podge Rocks! I’m a little obsessed with geometric shapes and bright colors, and often share free printable gift boxes.

Today I’m sharing how to make a banner. I’ve had this project in mind since I shared a free printable for these diamond shaped gift boxes. I knew I wanted to make a smaller version that could be strung together into a fun garland. This project was pretty easy, but it took a little longer than I thought. It would be perfect as a project for a craft night with a few friends, as a part of a handmade wedding, or as something to make while watching TV.

What you need:

step by step tutorialWhat you do:

1. Print off the free printable template. Cut it out along the solid black lines. Be precise when cutting.

2. Fold along the dotted lines. I found it really helpful to score first.

3. Flip over the paper so that the printed lines are on the bottom. These will become the inside of the little boxes. Carefully paint a medium coat of Mod Podge over every other triangle (4 total).

4. Cover these triangles with glitter. To make sure the Mod Podge doesn’t dry, you might want to paint/glitter one triangle at a time.

5. Let the Mod Podge dry, shake off the glitter, then use glue to assemble the boxes. (You can also cover the glittery areas with a second coat of Mod Podge to make sure that the glitter doesn’t shed. It will still look nice and shiny after the Mod Podge dries.)

how to thread paper octahedrons6. String together the little boxes and enjoy. I had a LOT of trouble stringing together the boxes. First I tried putting a needle and embroidery thread through the top, thinking gravity would pull it through the bottom. For some reason it just kept getting stuck inside the box. Then I tried tying embroidery thread to a piece of spaghetti. This was an epic fail. Enough said. What finally worked very well was using a coarse jute twine. I covered one end (about 4 inches) in Mod Podge and let it dry in a straight line. Then I threaded the twine through the boxes. (The hole on one side of the box is slightly larger than the other. Start threading through the smaller hole to make it easier.)

glittery geometric paper garland by lines across

glitter kraft paper garland

geometric paper garlandI just love the way the glittery pink and gold look next to the plain kraft paper. What color combos do you love?

paper diamondsThanks Amy for having me here today! Be sure to stop by Lines Across and say hi, or follow along with my on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, and Instagram.

P.S. I’ll be sharing a tutorial tomorrow for these cute brushstroke nails.