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Fringe Crepe-Paper Streamers

Sometimes, a simple crepe-paper streamer can seem too understated. Try our editors' trick and our free template to make an upgraded version.

crepe paper fringe

Photography: Barbara Donninelli

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2014

Introduction

When you want to drape a doorway or party space with something decidedly more exuberant, cut curvaceous streamers from what's called a "fold" of crepe paper (a single sheet that's about two feet wide by eight feet long). Snip them along the edges with fringe scissors for a fluttering texture, then gently twist the crepe to give it shape.

materials

  • Fold of crepe paper (Pictured: Single-ply crepe-paper folds, in various colors, $1.50 each, blumchen.com)
  • Small binder clips
  • Fringe scissors
  • Pencil

steps

  1. Print templates onto 8 ½-by-11-inch card stock and cut out.
  2. Unfurl fold of crepe. Using width of template as your guide, accordion-fold full length of crepe. Align dotted edges with folded sides of crepe paper and trace with pencil. Cut out, leaving folded edges intact.
  3. Unfold at center layer, as shown, and secure layers of crepe with binder clips. With fringe scissors, snip along edges to desired depth.
    fringe crepe paper garland
  4. Fully unfold garland, and gently twist crepe to give it shape.

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