3-D Paper Raindrop Garland
This whirly-twirly blue decoration is the perfect backdrop for springtime parties, birthday bash, or a baby shower. (Get it? "Shower"?)
Source: Martha Stewart
This project requires a sewing machine. If you're a beginner, you'll want to have the fundamental features and step-by-step instructions on how to use a sewing machine. And if you run into any sewing snags, consult our handy sewing machine trouble-shooting guide for quick fixes.
You can apply this sewing technique to any kind of paper garland: have fun making themed garlands in the shape of circles, flowers, or stars.
- Blue card stock
- Blue thread
- Sewing machine
Print out your own template (one for each raindrop in the garland).
Stack five sheets of blue card stock and cut out the template using scissors. Tip: Stack subtly different shades of blue to add dimensionality to each raindrop.
Secure raindrop cut-outs with paper clips.
Using a pencil and ruler, draw a straight line down the center of stacked raindrop cut-outs (this will guide your machine stitch).
Thread your sewing machine (blue will match the color of paper raindrops). Set your machine on a straight stitch with a long length.
Line up a single raindrop bottom-end first under the needle and machine-stitch along the drawn line, continuing to sew for spacing between raindrops; repeat this step until you have a complete garland of raindrops.
Once you have reached desired length, snip with scissors and knot the end.
Petal out the drop facets before hanging.