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Shimmering New Year's Streamers

Created By: Yunhee Kim, Johnny Miller, Laura Moss, ILLOS TK




  • Card stock
  • Spray adhesive
  • Wrapping paper
  • Adjustable circle cutter
  • Hole punch
  • Jump rings
  • Monofilament
  • Thumbtack


  1. Step 1

    Spray pieces of card stock with spray adhesive on both sides; cover with wrapping paper.

  2. Step 2

    Cut out graduated circles from wrapped card stock using an adjustable circle cutter (ours were 2 to 6 inches in diameter).

  3. Step 3

    Punch a hole at the top and bottom of circles, except smallest one. For smallest circle, make a hole at top edge only. Connect circles using jump rings, placing largest circle at top and smallest at bottom. Repeat process to make more streamers. Use monofilament and a thumbtack to hang each streamer from ceiling.

Martha Stewart Living, January



Reviews (34)

  • pat nimmo 31 Dec, 2012

    if using just for decorations for a party I would just use fishing line and sandwich it between two paper circles, I would also not use the cardstock, it would be ceaper and a lot easier to do. I love the idea of using left over wrapping paper, I have lots of small bits left and hate to throw it away Think about character paper for childrens parties, sponge bob, dora, disney princeses, it would take more work to just punch out there faces on the smaller pieces but could be worth i

  • Ed Wolf 5 Sep, 2012

    What a neat idea! I love the design of them too. My wife is redecorating our entire living room. Everything from the carpet to the window treatments Indianapolis is going to be new. This is definitely something that she would like to add to the design! Very Cool!

  • Sheryll 31 Dec, 2010

    I have not picked my color scheme or medium quite yet, but I am planning to make something very similar to put at the entrance doorway to my hall. My boyfriend had suggested something similar (rows of beads) for my bedroom half bath. I would like to use all beads, but where to find them at a price I can handle? I might just used shiny gold paper on cheap paper plates.

  • LisaAW 28 Dec, 2010

    You could always sew the circles together with your sewing machine - as in run them through your sewing machine and do one after the other. Sewing paper is very easy.

  • mimisboys 27 Dec, 2010

    Jump rings are used in jewelry'll find assorted sizes in the jewelry=-making section of your local craft store (Hobby Lobby or Michael's). The jump rings woiuld keep the holes from tearing.

  • JBEsquire 27 Dec, 2010

    Can someone help this somewhat ignorant crafter by explaining what a "jumpring" is and why it is needed? Wouldn't you be able to just thread the string throw all of the holes? Thanks and Happy Holidays!!!!

  • AnnB777 27 Dec, 2010

    Super cool idea! I love the candles too!

  • beverson 26 Dec, 2010

    Well, for hearts you could use extra large jump rings, or three rings hooked together -- or you could still do circles, but use heart-print paper. Thinking further, I'm envisioning heart-shaped cut-outs, with a short string of red or pink beads between each one

  • mahze 26 Dec, 2010

    I like the Valentine heart idea very much, however a person would have to figure out how to make a chain because if you used just the jump rings, the tops of the hearts would be higher than the connecting link.... any ideas here?

  • Lokeelee 19 Dec, 2010

    What a very clever and wonderful idea!

  • PhyllisJ 2 Jan, 2009

    Valentines day is coming up this might make a wonderful display in my window for vanentines you can do decenting hearts.

  • pattyquinn 1 Jan, 2009

    I look forward to Martha's craft of the day and especially value the commentors' advice. I appreciate the advice on where to buy products and variations on the directions. Thanks, everyone! And Happy New Year!

  • Sunday_Girl 31 Dec, 2008

    Martha's craft tools are available at Michaels, and maybe other craft stores. Her punches are great, but there are many other brands of punches, too. It's a huge time saver to use a punch because otherwise you have to cut every single circle!

  • fredalee 31 Dec, 2008

    You don't need Martha's cutter. Go to the dollar store and pick up a compass (the kind for drawing circles, not finding your way out of the forest!! lol) You can then draw your circles any size you like.

  • shaz5980 31 Dec, 2008

    This Idea is fantastic I added afew beads to help it sprakle

  • jeanne58 31 Dec, 2008

    is Martha's circle cutter available anywehre?

  • LizaRaiser 31 Dec, 2008

    I was thinking of string vs. jump rings, too. It's too late to make these for tonight but it's a great decorating idea for other festive occasions. Thanks!

  • tobywinter 31 Dec, 2008

    I'm going to hang these from the arms of the chandelier over my dining room table. Love the idea of sandwiching two circles over a strand of string instead of using jump rings which most folks can not run out and get at this late date.

  • EpiCor1 31 Dec, 2008

    This is why I knew the Martha Stewart website would be a great source to accumulate ideas for my daughters graduation open house; I love this idea. I plan to use the alphabet clip art found under Entertaining Crafts, print the letters of my daughters name onto clear 8x11 labels, apply to colored card stock, cut out the circles and fasten them together. Then place some varigated sized circles with decorative symbols or punch at the bottom.

  • liveandlearn 31 Dec, 2008

    cute but would take too long now. I guess gold and silver cardstock would work also. maybe next year

  • Whatscooking 31 Dec, 2008

    There are other ways to make streamers. Punch out the circles for the kids if die cutter is not kid friendly, or have the kids cut their own circles using recycled christmas wrap. Cut a long string and sandwich it between two circles with double-sided tape or glue. Line up kids in assembly line and rotate them.

  • bearriott 31 Dec, 2008

    This is a great idea! Too bad it didn't come out a week before!!! I'll never have enough time to make these before our party tonight! Maybe next year!

  • Whatscooking 31 Dec, 2008

    There are other ways to make streamers. Punch out the circles for the kids if die cutter is not kid friendly, or have the kids cut their own circles using recycled christmas wrap

  • jenrsnyder 31 Dec, 2008

    Before I read the instructions I thought they might have used monofilament (fishing line) and stuck graduated circle-stickers back to back up and down the line. Similar idea, but they wouldn't twist and turn. I also thought you could use thin ribbon in place of the jump rings and tie them together. I'd make the ribbon longer than needed and have "streamers" hanging from in between the circles. Ideas for birthday parties or July 4th......

  • artsterr64 31 Dec, 2008

    Making ones own jump rings for inexpensive projects is a great idea. I wonder if I could then use all those old wirebound spiral notebooks that are used up? Way to recycle!

  • dvheatley1 31 Dec, 2008

    Wherever Martha Stewart craft products are sold of course! Seriously, she does have a circle [filtered word] cutter in her line of craft products...Michael's carries her things and you can find them online as well.

  • chervargas 31 Dec, 2008

    Anyone have a suggestion on where to purchase the adjustable circle cutter?

  • Luv2Kree8 31 Dec, 2008

    Wonderfully easy idea. I'd use this for other holidays or occasions as well, just change the colors or wrapping paper themes. For example, I can envision using red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July and would hang the streamers behind my outdoor food table.

  • Seriously721 27 Dec, 2008

    You can easily make your own jump rings by wrapping wire continuously around a pencil or dowel of whatever gauge you want your ring, remove the long "slinky" and cut right down the middle with wire cutters and Ta Da, there you will have a bunch of jump rings.

  • hermione53 27 Dec, 2008

    Here's a good link for opening jump rings. Basically, you want to hold both ends at once, pushing one, pulling another. You don't want to unroll one end by turning your wrist because the jump ring gets distorted (less circular) and loses strength. Good luck!

  • hermione53 27 Dec, 2008

    Jump rings may also be found in a scrapbooking store (I have some by Making Memories). These are more expensive, though, so the jewelry section is better. Make sure you get the cheapest ones (base metal, not silver or gold).I love this idea!

  • fox6060 26 Dec, 2008

    Jump rings are found in the jewelry making section of a craft store. Probably need the bigger ones for this project. Need needle nose pliers to separate or two pairs of tweezers. Good luck.

  • younggrama 26 Dec, 2008

    Anybody...what are jump rings? Are they a jewelry making item (the connectors on earrings maybe?) ?

  • younggrama 26 Dec, 2008

    Anybody...what are jump rings? Are they a jewelry making item?