I have always loved crepe paper rolls (or as I lovingly call them party streamers). I have always found that they are inexpensive, come in a wide variety of color and add an instant festive and fun touch for almost any occasion. I had been hearing about a crepe paper technique that involves sewing for quite awhile, so when I had a Saturday afternoon free, I busted out my sewing machine for the first time in over a year (shhh) and gave it a try. Spoiler alert…LOVE how it turned out. Love with pink hearts and cupids flying around. 😛 Check it out!
To begin with, I selected three crepe paper rolls in fun Valentine’s Day colors (red, white and pink of course!). To do the ruffling, I followed the instructions in this video. Let me be honest with you guys….it wasn’t easy. I snapped the thread multiple times, cursed a time or two and had an aching back by the time it was over but I’ll attribute a lot of that to being sorely out of practice. Once I got a flow going through, things went a lot easier, but it was a rough start! By the way, if anyone is looking for a sewing machine, mine is really basic and inexpensive. I’ve been told it’s a great beginners machine, which is exactly what i need!
As you can see, this made a TON of streamer! It ended up being really bulky and I used about 1/2 a crepe paper roll for each color. It was so fun-looking and fluffy by the time I was done.
“But Tania,” you say. “I hate sewing. And/or I don’t have a sewing machine. What can I do?“. Never fear, friend, I came up with another option just for you. You won’t get the same look as the ruffled streamers, but you know what’s almost as cool as ruffle?
Fringe. And it’s way easier to make too!
Two start, take two streamers and tape the end together with a small piece of tape. Then fold the crepe streamer in half (hot dog style!) and use scissors to cut fringe-just be careful not to cut all the way though or you’ll cut your streamer into pieces! For me, this task was made immensely easier by using these fringe scissors– aren’t they cool?
After you’ve cut the fringe you can peel the streamers open. The little fringe pieces make the streamer stay together- kinda like holding hands!
Below you can see a comparison. On the right you’ll notice I made this using one color but it didn’t turn out nearly as fun, so I recommend doing at least two!
I have to admit I am extra proud of my ruffled streamer, so I decided to give it a fun spot in my studio. Yes, I have a studio now! It’s huge and wonderful…except for the yellow paint! That’s next on my to-do list. 🙂 But for now I think of it as sunny and warm instead of so very yellow… 🙂
I used a pencil to (very!) lightly trace the word “love” in cursive on my wall, and then used small thumbtacks to pin the streamers in place. It’s currently my favorite corner in the house! Dare I say it…I “LOVE” it. 🙂
Are you all doing anything special to decorate for Valentine’s Day? I’m taking advantage of all the pink and red and girly I can! 🙂