We recently spotted these fab origami streamers on Pinterest and thought they’d make the perfect summer decoration, whether for a party or simply to bring a little colour into your home. Fancy making your own? We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to get you started:
You will need:
- Brightly coloured paper
- A ruler
- PVA Glue
- Small paint brush (for painting on glue)
- Strong cotton thread
Step 1: Cut your paper
Cut your paper into long strips – the short edge of an A4 sheet of paper works really well. The wider your strip the bigger your origami shapes will be, but always ensure that the strip is at least six times as long as it is wide.
Step 2: Start folding
Fold the bottom left hand corner of your piece of paper up towards the top edge of the strip at a 45 degree angle.
Repeat this action, folding the piece of paper back and forth until you reach the end.
Once you’ve done this, go back and re-fold the straight lines so that all folds face in the same direction.
Step 3: Roll it up
Start gently rolling your folded paper so that it forms a 3-dimensional shape. It may take a few attempts to get this right but once you’ve got it, keep winding the strip around the main shape until you reach the end. Cut off the last triangle to create a tapered edge, then slot it into the rest of the paper to secure.
Step 4: Glitter
If like us you fancy adding a little sparkle to your shapes, paint a couple of the sides with PVA glue and lightly dust with glitter.
Step 5: String ‘em up!
Once you’ve made all of your shapes and any glitter has dried, it’s time to string them up. The easiest way to do this is to use a big needle and a strong cotton thread.
The length of the thread will very much depend on where you plan to place your decoration, so do have this in mind before you start.
For a summer party, half a dozen strands will look beautiful strung from a low hanging tree or, for a more permanent fixture, why not hang some down a wall above a console table or sideboard – it’ll really make a statement. Once decided, thread each shape onto the string and secure with knots and a little dab of PVA glue. Voila!
Thinking of trying this at home? Tweet us a picture at @FishpoolsUK!
*Image courtesy of Jessica Clark