Introduction: How to Make Honeycomb Garlands

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I have seen these honeycomb garlands popping up all over the Internet. When I was young my whole family used to get together to make all the Christimas decorations for our home, from honeycomb balls to crepe paper garlands. There are a few instructions for making a honeycomb garland out there, but they are so drawn out and difficult that you don't want to bother. But making them is actually quite simple.

Step 1: You Will Need:

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Tissue paper (Fancy Pack luxury tissue paper @ Westpack)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Craft knife and cutting mat
Ribbon or pipe cleaner
Ice cream sticks

Step 2: Cut Out Half-circle Shapes

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1. Cut half circles using a side plate as a template. You will need a total of 28 sheets per half circle, and two half circles in total. Use a sharp craft knife and cutting board or mat for a neat edge.

Step 3: Cut Notches

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  • Fold the half circle in half and cut a notch at the top of the fold.
  • Fold each quarter section so that it lines up with the first notch and cut a notch on both sides.
  • After folding and cutting you will end up with 5 notches as shown left.
These notches will be used as guides for gluing each sheet of tissue paper together.

Step 4: Staple Half-circle Together

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Pop in three staples along the straight edge, placing them as close as possible to the edge.

Step 5: Glue First Two Sheets Together

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Using small sticks as backers, place these on three alternate notches as shown left.
Apply a small blob of glue to the uncovered two notches.
Quickly fold the next sheet over and press gently.
Leave the sticks in place for now.

Step 6: Glue Next Sheet

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Now you are going to put the sticks over where the glue was last applied - the two notches - and apply a small blob of glue to where there are no sticks - the three notches.

Repeat for the remaining sheets.

Step 7: Fan Open the Glued Sheets

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Fan open the honeycomb to make sure that you haven't missed any spots and that it opens nicely.

Step 8: Repeat for Second Half-circle

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Repeat the entire process above for the second half-circle.

Step 9: Glue Two Half-circles Together

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Use hot glue to glue the two half circles together on top of each other.

Attach one end of your hanging ribbon to the back of one half circle.

This part is tricky but persevere. Fan open the glued half circles, so that they complete a full circle. Use hot glue to attach the two half circles together.

Insert the other end of your ribbon and secure with hot glue.

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