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Chain of Cranes decoration!!

Need a new phone charm, wall decoration, or even earrings? Then this is for you!

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You will need:
– Squares of paper
– Scissors
– Thin cardboard

Start off by folding all your squares of paper into paper cranes. Then, cut your piece of cardboard into quite thin strips.
Now, using your scissors, poke them through the hole at the base of one of the cranes, and all the way through to the other side to form a ‘tunnel’.
Next, fold one strip of cardboard in half. At one end is a loop, and the other is two separated ends. Fold each end in a different direction, like so:

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Now, poke the end with a loop into the base of the crane, and pull it through. Repeat this step with the rest of the cranes.

And thats it! You’re done! A chain of cranes, ready to be hung up anywhere you’d like.

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Hanging Hearts Decoration!

You will need:
– 2 x A4 paper (any color)
– Scissors
– 1 metre of string
– Stapler
– Push pin

Start by cutting the paper into strips of about 2cm wide (there should be 9 strips). Cut three of the strips in half, so you have 6 long strips and 3 short strips. Like so:

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Next, fold all the all of the strips in half and unfold.
Using the push pin, poke a hole through the middle of each strip of paper. Now, put a piece of string through the holes of each strip – but do it so each strip faces ‘up’, and alternating between short strips and long strips, with a long strip at the top. Like so:

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Next, use the stapler to staple the string to the paper, half a cm up from the centre crease. Like so:

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Repeat this for all the strips of paper, then tie a knot under the bottom strip so it doesn’t slide off.
Now, starting from the bottom strips, bend one half of a long strip, and one half of a short strip (on the same side of the string) out and down towards the string below it. Then, hold it there while you do the same for the other side. Staple it in place, like so:

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Now repeat for the rest of the hearts, and pin the string to the wall!

Ta-da!

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Paper Plane Hanging Decoration!

In this post I’ll teach you how to make a paper plane hanging decoration!

You will need:
– 12 pieces of A4 paper (If you don’t have that much, or if you want to make a mini version, grab three pieces and cut them into quarters.)
– Scissors
– String or transparent fishing line
– Needle or sharp object to poke a hole through the paper with
– Space to hang it up!

Firstly, fold the pieces of paper into 12 separate paper planes.
Instructions below:

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Then, cut the string to the length you want your hanging decoration to be (my mini version is a metre).

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Divide the paper planes into groups of four, and lie one of the groups out in front of you (leave the rest aside for now).

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Thread the needle.
Grab one of the paper planes, turn it over so its facing bottom up, and push the threaded needle in about 1cm from the end.

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Pull the string through until there’s a ‘tail’ of about 20cm hanging off the end.
Next, push the needle in about 1cm from the other end of the paper plane, and pull the string taut.

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Do this with the other three planes, and then take the needle off the end of the string. You should now have a trail of paper planes!

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Now you need to do the same thing twice more (one for each set of four). You should end up with three rows of paper planes, like this:

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Now all you need to do is hang them! You can either tie the ends of the string to push pins and pin them to the wall, or you can use lots of blu-tack like me (a great idea if you’re only renting your house!).

Ta da!

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