Christmas MAIN

Paper Star Garland

I initially wrote this post a week ago after a very long day. My 2 year old refused to sleep that night (I usually write after everyone is asleep because there’s rarely time in the day to do so and then just schedule a publishing time) and I had written a long rant about how long it took me to complete this garland. It was just one of those crafting times where a lot of little things went wrong and chaos erupted all around the kitchen table that day.

And every time I read the post back, no matter how funny it seemed, it didn’t sit well with me. I thought to myself “Ok there Scrooge, it’s a Christmas garland. It’s a time to be merry and happy and drink copious amount of Bailey’s in your coffee. Not to whine about how the moose shapes didn’t turn out the way you wanted them to. There’s always next year. Get over it.”

So in the spirit of the Holiday season and how cheerful the finished products turned out, I’m shutting my trap on this one and just sharing it for anyone who is looking for festive decoration inspiration.

It’s a relatively easy craft to do. By relatively I mean don’t have your kids around when you’re trying to trace stencils onto paper and have your child sit terrified in your lap because the sounds of the circular saw from the front hallway are scaring the living daylights out of her (my husband was building shoe shelves in the closet).

Just trace and cut out some paper stars using a printable star templateΒ on the paper of your choice (I used red bristol board and striped shelf lining paper that I got at the thrift store). Fold the creases from each star point to the center and pinch on the front. Please excuse the world’s most unmanicured thumb. I didn’t use a bone folder for this, but if you’re very picky about the creases, then by all means use one or a ruler to to fold the paper over.

I hole punched 2 holes at the top of each star. Then I got some twine and jingle bells and threaded them through with a big yarn needle.

Fun. Happy. Festive. No whining about continuity on the picture ledges allowed. Did you notice the Where’s Waldo Gingerbread Man Christmas card that my daughter made on the shelf in some photos but not the others? No? Fantastic. I’ve done my job distracting you with stars.

25 Comments

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    November 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

    SO pretty!!!

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      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

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    hannahchristiane
    November 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    These are fabulous! And yes, you did a great job distracting me from the “lack of continuity” on the shelves – I didn’t even notice it until you pointed it out, lol. I think I’m going to make these this weekend to update my hallway decor. It would fit in perfectly. (p.s. love the handprint art on the wall!)

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      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      It’s one of those cardinal rules that you should never mention what’s flawed about a photo etc b/c then everyone will notice it. Here I do monologue’s about it just b/c I find so much humour when I look at beautiful house photos and think where are all the cables from the lights and walls. And you know they’re just photoshopped out. Oh speaking of cables…

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    Leah
    November 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    This looks adorable and so festive! I love how easy this sounds (knock on wood!)

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    Stacey
    November 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Amazing what you can do with paper! It’s my one of my favorite things to create with. That little fold down the points makes all the difference!
    From flat to fabulous!!! It came together perfectly… with our without the Baileys (although a splash of that sweet irish creme is sounding so good right now…. I’m off to the liquor store… THANKS ALEX!)

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      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Do you know apparently that Panama Jack’s makes a basic cream liquor that tastes exactly like Bailey’s but is about $10-15 less expensive than it? Our alcohol costs a fortune compared to the US. Carolan’s is anther great price. Mind you someone needs to get the Mint flavoured Bailey’s. OMG

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    November 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I personally would have enjoyed a moose rant… Your projects are always fun and adorable, but your writing is my favorite part.

    I get the decision to walk away from a fully-written post you don’t love anymore. But it’s hardβ€”like throwing a chunk of time out the window.

    Also, fact? Baileys is delicious.

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      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      This is why I adore you. You’re like my biggest writing fan which believe me when I say is so vastly appreciated b/c not everyone gets my tonque in cheek humour (like if you’re new here and stumble upon some one liners you may wonder when my kids are going to write a tell all).

      Oh the Moose. I tried to cut out antlers from an IKEA cookie cutter after I put on the striped paper on top of bristol board.I was like can someone mail me a Silhouette machine already? It was torture. Tiny antler pieces on a surface paper that can stand on it’s own. I gave it to my daughter and thought next time mommy wants to make a moose, tell her to make a rye and ginger.

      It’s true. When you write a long entry and you do pics and edit and you’re like oh hell this just isn’t going to work. I kept reading it going Oh Yes share your fun craft and then bitch about it the whole time. That’ll make people want to do it. Merry Christmas where’s the tylenol style.

      Bailey’s is the cause of many people surviving family get togethers. Or making them more interesting.

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    fynesdesigns
    November 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    so pretty, it looks like you bought it!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      And you can! Had I known that maybe Etsy and me would have had a conversation…

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    now at home mom
    November 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Love these! they look easy to do but like you with my 18 month old it would take me days to complete this! πŸ™‚ (lately, I can’t do anything without him begging to be in my arms at all times)! btw, I only noticed the garland against your white walls and your lovely sofa (I really like it) πŸ™‚

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      Alex@northstory
      November 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      There were scraps everywhere. I had cut out probably about 6-10 garlands worth of failures b/c I just couldn’t get it right. From the right shapes, to the right materials to oh you know “Mommy I’m hungry/she hit me/what’s the noise?” I totally get it. HAHAHA!

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    now at home mom
    November 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    πŸ™‚ ha! ha! πŸ™‚ so true , same here! πŸ™‚ & then when it’s time to take the pictures of my projects , people probably don’t know how messy it was to do and how messy still is! πŸ™‚

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    ScrapAndSalvage
    November 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    VERY festive, lady! i love the white and red combo. these turned out great and i love the bell accents, too!

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    Danielle
    December 1, 2012 at 2:23 am

    You picked the cheeriest paper… I love it!! What a great craft, but it’s made even more amazing by the details that you used to create the garland. Nicely done, lady.

    And yes, you sufficiently distracted me from the Gingerbread Man, I couldn’t get by the sweet canvas art that you have hanging of your kids hand prints. So adorable!!

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    Stephen Hughes
    December 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    An interesting time to write – the evening after every one’s gone to sleep.. with a glass of wine in one hand and a laptop in the other!
    But turning wood as well, is more of a during work hours sort of thing! (as people expect noise during those hours)!
    Keep up the decorations and the presentation – very tutorial/educational and entertaining!

    Steve
    http://we-love-wood.com

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      Alex@northstory
      December 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      It reminds me of a great quote by Hemingway who said Write drunk, edit sober. it makes such better blog entries.

      Your wood crafts are absolutely spectacular! I am a huge fan of wood decor and just picked up my first manual mitre saw. Mind you there is no way I am going to master using a bevel saw in this lifetime so I just stand back and watch in amazement at wood carvers.

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    now at home mom
    December 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Alex, just wanted to let you know, I just nominated you for 3 awards! please come and see! πŸ™‚ http://nowathomemom.com/nominated-for-3-beautiful-awards/ Thanks! πŸ™‚

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      Alex@northstory
      December 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      You’re too sweet! Thank you! I need to get off my butt and write up some entries. πŸ™‚

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        now at home mom
        December 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        πŸ™‚ thanks! no hurry! believe me, I know … it takes me so long to write a post around here … so many interruptions πŸ™‚

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    runtspickins
    December 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I love this! I did a hanging star decoration too! You’ll have to check it out. I originally wanted to do patterned snowflakes but I like the stars I ended up doing instead!

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      Alex@northstory
      December 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Your stars turned out amazing! I love the dual layer paper!

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        runtspickins
        December 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        Thank you! I loved the idea of white snowflakes but at the same time I wanted something more fun and patterned.

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