I have hoarding tendencies. What can I say – it runs in the family! I will never forget visiting my Granny at her home & seeing that she’d kept the gift tags from our presents to her and hung them on the wall! That’s just the tip of the iceberg! So, in a bid to preserve my sanity & to not get bogged down in clutter (moving house 4 times in three years also helps!) I try to find a use for something if it’s going to stay in our home. If it doesn’t have a purpose or can be given a purpose quickly, then it’s regifted, given to charity or recycled. After all, our house is quite small & storage is at a premium. So when I come across lovely paper or packaging, I’ll try to think up a way to use it so that I can keep it. This is one of the reasons I love Pinterest so much. You can pin ideas or blog posts about using different materials to give them a new lease of life. And it was one of these that inspired my paper garland (though I cannot find the inspiration for it anywhere, so if you think the idea is yours, please let me know so I can credit you!) I had a really old page from a book that came with a Christmas present from my OH and a lovely red stripe paper bag. Nothing special, but I couldn’t part with either of them! So I decided to make them into a paper garland to hang on my notice board to make it bit more interesting.

Paper garland kit

I am quite impatient with some crafts. If it needs a lot of kit or is going to take me ages, I’m less inclined to do it. So I needed my garland to be quick & easy. And it was. I cut out triangles from the paper & the bag and cut some bakers twine (reused!) to length. I had no idea if the double sided sticky tape would work, but so far everything is still where it’s supposed to be! I added a small strip of tape to the back of each triangle. And hey presto! It worked!

paper garlandA simple, and quick, paper garland. The triangles are quite small, and you could cut them to any size or shape. It didn’t take long & I didn’t have to buy any new materials, which I think is always a good thing. Here’s the finished article on my newly pimped up & decluttered notice board.

The paper garlandThe Mo Farah quote is from The Green Gal’s blog & it inspires me every day! The British Cuppa card is by Archivist Press, though I bought this at Daylesford Farm. The Pinterest logo is a sticker that I stuck on the same paper used in the garland.

I’m really pleased with it. It was simple & quick & is a lovely new feature to my room. I’ve been reorganising my work space recently, mainly because I had too much ‘stuff’ going on and not enough organisation. Reorganising & prettying up my notice board was part of sorting out my space. How do you reuse things that you really want to keep? Have you come across any fab ways to reuse paper?

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