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Christmas tree garland is usually made of plastic or some sort of material derived from petroleum. So if you want to avoid using toxic, cheesy glittery garland, you can make your own homemade variety really easily… like strung popcorn and cranberries garland which is one of everyone’s classic favorites. Of course, I’d probably eat half the popcorn in the process but that’s another story.
This year, my theme for my little Mr. Imposter seems to be paper – remember the paper lettered burlap ornament? This weekend, I made a paper garland with some pages out of “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams that my kids read in school.
Remember this classic scene from the play?
MITCH: What it means is I’ve never had a real good look at you, Blanche, Let’s turn the light on here.
BLANCHE [fearfully]: Light? Which light? What for?
MITCH: This one with the paper thing on it. [He tears the paper lantern off the light bulb. She utters a frightened gasp.]
BLANCHE: What did you do that for?
MITCH: So I can take a look at you good and plain!
BLANCHE: Of course you don’t really mean to be insulting!
MITCH: No, just realistic
BLANCHE: I don’t want realism. I want magic! …
Oh, Blanche, Blanche, Blanche… Frankly, I don’t know if I like Stanley because of who he is or because of Marlon Brando. Then, there is the beginning scene that my son always mimics when Stanley yells, “Stella! Oh Stella!” Classic. Anyway…..
Any paperback pages will do for making this vintage-y looking garland but I used my kids’ worn out well “aged” book since the pages were falling apart. And the highlighted and annotated text will always make us remember their high school years.
Follow these easy steps and make this memorable garland for hanging on the Christmas tree or anywhere in the house, except, over the fireplace mantle for obvious reasons.
- Pages from a paperback novel
- Hemp Cord in the length you need
- All Purpose Crafting Glue
1. Gently pull the pages apart from the seam, and unglue the pages. This book was easy to pull apart since the pages were already coming apart but if not, use an Exacto knife and cut the pages along the binding.
2. Mark the midpoint of the page, about an inch above from the bottom of the page. Cut from the bottom corners of the page to the marked midpoint.
3. Then, fold down about an inch from the top of the page. Dab a bit of glue in the middle of the folded line so the cord can stick to the paper. Glue the edge of the paper down. Let dry for about an hour.
4. Drape the garland around the tree and admire your work. The size of this garland may look out of proportion since my impostor tree is small but a paperback size pages will be perfect sized panels for a 6 ft tree.
Dreaming about Marlon distracted me a little when draping the garland but I think my little impostor tree is beginning to take shape, don’t you think? A treetop making is in progress and the tutorial will be posted soon.
What kind of garland are you making this year?