I am so excited to announce that I am a new member of the Xyron® Design Team! Xyron creates innovative products for the craft, education, and creative worlds. I have been using their products since 2003, when I first started scrapbooking my college years. I actually won the 1.5″ Sticker Maker at a scrapbooking night party. I have been addicted to their products ever since. So when I got the opportunity to apply to be a part of their design team, how could I turn that down? (You can follow all the fun and crafty projects we create over on our Pinterest board!!)
For those who are new to The Organized Mama, I want to welcome you. And for those who have been with me for a while, you are incredible and I so appreciate all of our support and encouragement!! (Virtual hug, friends!) My name is Jessica, and I am an insanely organized person who loves to help other organize, create fun projects, decorate/ redecorate our home, and watch as much television as I possibly can before the kids wake up from their nap. But, enough about me. Let’s get to crafting up some no-sew paper garland.
So I have been using the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker since 2003, so making stickers is my jam! My kids love to turn any of their old artwork into stickers so they can create a new piece of artwork. We will either use different hole-punchers, or my Silhouette Cameo to cut out shapes that we want to turn into stickers. Then, I either fold the paper to fit into the 1.5″ sticker maker, or cut the paper to the size of the sticker maker to create stickers before I pull it through the machine. Once it is pulled through the machine, the kids or myself will remove the top layer to create a sticker. Then, the kids can decorate (almost) anything with the stickers they have made!
Materials For All Projects Listed:
Cutting Machine or Large Hole-Puncher
Single Paper Garland Tutorial
To spruce up your sticker-making skills, I thought it would be fun to create some paper garland, because I am obsessed with paper garland. I typically sew the paper garland together. But, I got a request for a pink, black, and gold paper garland, and my gold paper was white on the backside. I decided to use my Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker to create a gold backing for the garland. Once I saw how easy it was to create a backing for my gold paper, I decided to test out this “no-sew” method for an entire five-feet paper garland using circles.
To start, I cut out all the circles using my Silhouette Cameo. But you can use a large circle hole-puncher, as it does the same thing. Once all my circles were cut, I ran about half of them through the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker. I would do about six to eight circles at a time through the sticker maker.
Taking one circle off the sticker paper, I set that circle down, with the sticker side facing up. I took some twine and laid it in the middle of the sticker circle. Then, I took another circle was I did not run through the sticker maker, and laid it on top of the other circle. I repeated this process until it was about five-feet in length.
I am really loving how easy this project was to complete, especially since there was no sewing involved!
3-D Paper Garland Tutorial
Once I realized how easy it was to create a no-sew single paper garland, I decided to kick it up a notch and see what would happen if I layered three or four circles on top of each other to create some 3-D garland or table decorations.
I started by grabbing some decorative paper and cutting out circles using my Silhouette Cameo. I tried to use a variety of colors so that the garland would look interesting. Once all my circles were cut out, I folded each circle in half. Then, I ran each folded circle through the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker.
I decided to run four folded circles through at a time. Once all four circles were folded, I took off the top layer.