I made a faux capriz shell garland out of wax paper for our Christmas tree. I promised a tutorial and here it is! This is one of my favorite DIY projects to date, and I hope you enjoy the tutorial! if you have any questions just let me know!
- Wax Paper
- Large circle paper punch (mine is 1.5 inches)
- Sewing machine and thread
(thanks to my sweet husband for taking these photos and video for me…they were taken on his iphone, so the quality isn’t very great. But you’ll get the idea)
Find a hard surface you can iron on and place a thin towel on top of the surface. (I used our kitchen counter)
Tear off 3 sheets of wax paper (as long as you want, but I just did about 2 foot sections at a time).
Line the sheets up evenly and place on towel. Begin lightly ironing over the three sheets. They will begin to fuse together.
It will look like this one ironed
Trim the ends so that they are even.
Begin to fold the wax paper back and forth in an accordion style fold. (Making sure that the folded surface is large enough for your circle punch)
Taking half of the accordion fold at a time, begin to punch out your circles.
Once all of your circles are punched, look through to see if any need to be trimmed
Begin sewing your garland together on your sewing machine. It is easier to just show you than explain it, so we did a short video clip to help you understand.
Once you’ve sewn all your circles, you can make more cirlces to make longer garland strands or cut and make several smaller. I opted for several smaller because I am too impatient and wanted to see what they looked like on the tree!