August 16, 2011

Cheap frills

I've been enamored with the idea of ruffled streamers since I saw the Made post on them back in May. A relatively easy, relatively cheap craft that results in brightly colored ribbons we can hang all over to fancy up the place? I'm in. I'm all in.

I finally had a chance to justify some streamer manufacture at the end of July, when my parents threw a graduation party for my sister Jordan, Joshua and me (high school, college and college, respectively) at their house in Minnesota. Several bags of 99-cent crepe paper streamers and a few hours in front of the sewing machine later, we had piles and piles of textured paper goodness. Pre-party, we stapled them to the garage rafters -- paying far too much attention to alignment, considering they were paper streamers. (It's how we roll.) They were everything I hoped for. 

Dana has posted a great, informative tutorial on Made, so I won't rehash the instructions here. Really, you'll only need streamers, a sewing machine and patience.


Jordan takes to the power tools to make the garage a more colorful place.
A peek at the party invites.

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