Lately something that is trending on Pinterest is pendant garlands and banners. Many people are adding these colorful additions to their children’s bedrooms and play rooms, but they also look great as party decorations or in any kind of everyday atmosphere! I have one hanging in my attic studio (aka the Space Attic—more on that space later) and it is a charming and fun way to brighten up the space. When I decided to make a pendant garland, I looked toward the rolls of unused Target Dollar Spot wrapping paper that I have randomly purchased over the years. For some reason the Target patterns are always attracting me, even though I rarely use wrapping paper. Lucky for me I found a great way to use some of it up!
For this project, all you need is a piece of cardboard for drawing a template, some double-sided tape, wrapping paper, yarn, and scissors. If you want triangles that are all unique, you can skip the template step.
Step One: Create your template in the shape of a diamond. The reason why I don’t draw a template that is just one triangle is because you want to fold your two triangles together in order to make a pocket for the string. You can decide on the size and dimensions of your own triangles. To be specific and to show off my geometry knowledge, mine were isosceles triangles. I don’t have a protractor so I can’t tell ya the angles. But this is crafting, not math. Geez.
Step Two: Trace as many triangles as you want to be on the garland. This is a personal preference, whether you want them close or far apart, and how long you want the garland to be. I traced 10 triangles.
Step Three: Cut out the triangles. Make sure you don’t cut across the line marked below.
Step Four: Take
two pieces of double-sided tape and tape together the two attached triangles.
Do not put any tape about an inch away from the triangles’ attached point,
because you want some room through which your string can feed. Make sure you
don’t create wrinkles! Wrinkles are bad. Except on puppies and old people,
because when you’re old you get wrinkles and that’s just something you’re gonna
have to deal with.
Step Five: Use a paper clip, crochet needle, tapestry needle, or something else that will help you feed the yarn through the gap in your triangles. You need some kind of weight because trying to pull yarn through paper is rather tricky. Go on, MacGyver that business.
And that’s it! I like to use yarn for this project because it kind of helps the paper stay in place and not slide around once the garland is hung. I’ve never tried another type of string because I have a feeling it might be kind of slippery; however, if you figure out a way to secure the pendants, some other type of string might work!
Have fun working on this quick and easy project! You can customize the crap outta this one. I’d love to see photos of your results!