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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
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Print out your own template (one for each raindrop in the garland).
  2. 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.
  3. Secure raindrop cut-outs with paper clips.
  4. Using a pencil and ruler, draw a straight line down the center of stacked raindrop cut-outs (this will guide your machine stitch).
  5. Thread your sewing machine (blue will match the color of paper raindrops). Set your machine on a straight stitch with a long length.
  6. 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.
  7. Once you have reached desired length, snip with scissors and knot the end.
  8. Petal out the drop facets before hanging.

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