Sunday, 21 December 2014

Retro Flower Garlands: Cut-Outs

These pretty filigree flower links have the same basic design as yesterday's project, Retro Flower Garlands. The diff is that these are cut-outs, which makes them completely reversible - and extremely suitable for open spaces. When linked into cascades, the flower streamers will flutter prettily. Make them up all-one-size or in graduated sizes.

To join the links, simply fold the extension around the loop of the previous link. Glue the tail in place (you may need to trim it to fit).

If cutting the .pdf file out by hand, I suggest removing the cut-out teardrop shapes with a craft knife, cutting out around each flower with scissors, and removing the centre hole with a 1/8 in hand-held circle punch.

Of course, a digital papercutter will make short work of the project.

Here are your free files:

 These garlands would make ideal decs for a winter wedding.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Retro Flower Garlands

Thought I'd offer some alternative festive garlands. These "flower power" links can be strung as garlands or cascades. Just a teeny dab of glue is all you need to secure the tab on the flower back. These are single-sided garlands - so best anchored to a wall.

Here are your free printables:


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tab Mini Baskets

Here's an easy and fun project that you can make up quickly in quantity. These teeny basket bags have a loop handle, all-in-one construction, and a pretty folded swirl star decoration. The pillow-envelope base is coloured for easy folding.

Here are your free printables:


1 Score all the fold lines. I use a fine-point embossing tool held against a small metal ruler.
2 Cut out the Mini Basket, dot, and star.
3 Glue the dot on to the wrong side of the basket back, covering the flip side of the slit. 
4 On the printed side of the basket, carefully cut the slit through all layers, and the U-shaped cut. 
5 Crease all the folds, including the curved pillow bases. 
6 Apply d/s tape or glue to the side flaps. Join front to back along the sides, matching the edges. 
7 Fold in the pillow-shaped marquise shapes to seal the ends. Fold the back first, then the front on top.
8 To fasten the bag top, pop the U-shaped front tab into the back slit.
9 To make the star-swirl decorations: a. crease the triangles at the base of each fold. b. fold each triangle arm down consecutively, hooking them around where necessary. Fluff up the points to accentuate the 3-D effect. Stick onto the mini basket with a sticky dot.

These make sweet party favours.