|Life as a Thrifter|
My basic plan of attack was to use my beloved Fiskars circle punches to create heaps of perfect discs from various white and off-white papers. Here are my comrades - they are worth their weight in gold:
I have both the large and medium size punches; you'll notice that the medium guy lost one of his blue handles. No matter. They both punch like champs and I can always count on them to get the job done.
Next job was to round up paper. As you recall, this year's garland theme was white. Well, mostly white. Since I had already done quite a few pure white garlands (and had more in mind), I decided to play up the color scheme by introducing some off-whites. I used old book pages, just a little bit of plain white and a lot of paint chips, absconded from ever faithful Home Depot. I feel a little bit guilty about grabbing up handfuls of their paint chips when I have absolutely no intention of using them to buy paint...remember how we used to preach about illegal music downloads? But then I remind myself of how much money I regularly pour into the coffers at that store, and I feel better again.
Alright, so I just started punching circles of various sizes, doing my best to use up every square centimeter of my materials. Armed with my trusty dental floss and a lot of tacky glue, I glued pairs of circles onto lengths of the floss in matching sizes, but not necessarily matching colors. I matched the circles from old book pages with plain white paper, and I created pairs of mismatched colors from the paint chips. The possibilities were vast and I let my imagination inspire me to the following results.