Recycled Wrapping Paper Garland Christmas Tree Backdrop

My friend Liz is always busting my chops about my crafty adventures taking up waaaay too much of my time and requiring waaaay too much effort on my part.

Alright, you got me this time Liz.

I admit it: this little gem took waaaay too much of my time!  But I sort of love it anyway.

Paper Garland Christmas Tree Backdrop

I find I’m rather obsessed with having a Christmas tree backdrop after the pinwheels of last year.  The pinwheels hung around all the way through Oscar Party but they started to fall apart as the year wore on.  It seemed like too much effort to disassemble them and after weeks of nursing it along to stay on the wall, I didn’t feel like another repair.  So I took them down and put them in my guest room and closed the door so I wouldn’t have to think about it.

Time passed.

I forgot they were in there.

And then I finally had to make my guest room livable again.  Crap.  You would not believe what was in there when I opened the door.  A massive pinwheel wall hanging.  Dang it.

I still didn’t want to repair it.  And it seemed wrong to throw it away.  So I had to recycle.

So I started cutting circles.  LOTS of circles from the pinwheels.  I cut 1200 circles OK?  Yes, it took a long time.  But I had some bootleged season 3 Downton Abbey to watch while I was doing it so time passed quickly.

I then glued two circles together with fishing line between.  Repeat about 30 times and you have a garland.  Repeat a bunch of times and you can fill the space behind the tree.  That took a while too.

Paper Garland Christmas Tree Backdrop But I don’t regret it.

Paper Garland Christmas Tree Backdrop

I love the sparkle the back wall kicks off when the Christmas tree is shining on it.  And it has to hold up better than the pinwheels, right?

–Martta

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