Introduction: Hanging Spiral Decoration

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I've recently moved into a new apartment, and so far, my bedroom looks pretty sparse - just a bed, closet, and some suitcases. Instead of going out and buying some decor, I decided to try my hand at making some of my own decorations. Here is a beautiful, easy, hanging paper spiral that I remember making in elementary school!

Step 1: What You Need

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The equipment is simple!

  • Paper (try out some different colors if you're feeling adventurous!)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Tape

Step 2: Cut Out a Square

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On your paper, measure and draw out a square, and cut it out using scissors. The height of the spiral will be the same as the diagonal length of the square.

Step 3: Fold in Halfs

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Fold the square in half along the diagonal, and then in half again, creating a small triangle.

Step 4: Make Cut Outs

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Starting from the side that's been folded, cut at least 4 parallel lines that stop just before the top of the triangle. Try and make sure that the spacing between each of the cuts is even. When you unfold the paper, it should look like the final picture.

Step 5: Make Spiral Rings

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You should be able to see concentric "flaps" in the paper. Starting from the innermost flap, take the matching right and left flaps, and glue the ends together. Wait for the glue to dry, flip the paper over, and repeat. Do this until all the flaps have been glued together.

Step 6: Hang It Up

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Use a holepuncher to punch a hole in the top of the spiral for the string. Thread the string through the hole, and tie a know. Voila! You now have a beautiful, hanging spiral that you can use to decorate any room, anywhere.

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