Paper Leaf + Mandarin Garland
When I bring to mind the vacation season, I all the time envision luscious garlands draped throughout doors and railings. I’ve lengthy needed for a railing of my very own to embellish for the season, and this yr is the primary time my dream has come true! I knew I sought after to make use of a garland on my railing, however I sought after to go away from the standard contemporary or pretend greenery glance. After my revel in with crepe paper for my Halloween dress, I used to be impressed to paintings with the multi-purpose subject matter once more. This time round I’m creating a white paper leaf garland and including a pop of herbal colour with dangling mandarin slices.
We partnered with Wonderful Halos in this venture to turn you the way fast and simple it’s to model your individual reasonably priced vacation garland, the usage of the contemporary and herbal addition of mandarins to embellish your house with its colour and odor. Halos also are candy and wholesome so if you want a snack whilst running to your garland they’re very best as a deal with or a craft provide.
Wonderful Halos mandarins
white crepe paper (I used two applications)
brown paper-wrapped twine (20 gauge)
sizzling glue gun + further sizzling glue sticks
spool of fishing line or jewellery twine
Make the Citrus Slices
Cut your mandarins into slices round 1/eight″ thick. You might make a selection to put the slices flat and air dry for a couple of days, or dry within the oven. My mandarins finally end up a lot flatter (much less curly-edged) once I air dry them, but it surely does take somewhat extra time, after all.
If drying your mandarins within the oven, set the temperature for 200 levels Fahrenheit, line a tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and position within the oven for 2-Three hours, relying on how thick your slices are. Turn the mandarin slices each and every 30 mins or so as to assist the drying procedure.
Make the Paper Leaf Garland
The paper leaf garland was once tremendous fast and simple to make—I do know I’ll be whipping those up once more for events and different seasonal decorations!
Step One: Accordion fold your crepe paper to create 6 layers of paper. Keep the width of your fold not more than four″. Once you’ve 6 layers of paper, fold the layers in part as proven above.
Step Two: Cut out leaf shapes from the layered crepe paper, making the middle of the leaf on the bend of your layered crepe paper. I created quite a few leaf styles and sizes, however made positive to not make leaves wider than four″ to stay them from being too floppy.
Step Three: Cut your lengthy twine items into thirds. This doesn’t wish to be actual, however attempt to stay them moderately constant.
Step Four: Use a sizzling glue gun to connect the twine segments to the leaves. Once the glue is at the crepe paper, pinch the paper across the twine and cling for a few seconds to set the glue.
Step Five: Twist in combination the wires of the person leaves to create a protracted garland. I numerous the position of various leaf shapes to create a extra natural really feel.
After placing the garland, you’ll wish to pull open the leaves and form them in order that they fill out the realm.
Step 6: Use twine or string to hold your garland the place you need to show it. At the peaks of the garland, I strung in combination a sequence of dried mandarin slices to grasp down. It would additionally glance so lovely to layer a garland of dried mandarin slices atop the paper leaf garland!
Have you ever made dried citrus slices in your house? The odor of them drying out was once so divine— I stay up for crafting with dried citrus yearly, and was once so glad to look how smartly the Wonderful Halos mandarin slices labored out for this! They’re the very best petite dimension for this venture. – Mandi
Credits: Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.