When I first saw David Stark's holiday line for West Elm on the always excellent Decor8, it immediately put me into the holiday spirit. It's got a papercraft-y look that jives with my absolute love of Christmas and all things handmade. I even made the trip across town to the awful outdoor yuppie shopping center to check it out in person, resulting in my first visit to an actual West Elm retail store. (It's actually pretty cool; glad to know about it). I was especially jazzed by the circle garlands, which is made to look like it was created by cutting rounds from old books and stringing them up. But at $18.00 for a ten foot length, and a lack of color that just won't work in my white-walled home, I decided that instead of purchasing a modern paper garland that was made to look like it was created from recycled books and handsewn, I should just hand sew a modern paper garland made from actual recycled books.
Total cost was under $5.00 for at least sixty feet of garland, and I whipped everything up in under an hour. I also created a series of mod paper ornaments to match; have a peek at that how-to… Continue Reading