DIY Glitter Star Garland

I really love the look of this sparkly star garland, it was probably my favorite decoration for my New Years Party. The thread is thin so it looks like the stars are floating, it was hung in a room that was dark except for fairy lights on the ceiling so the stars looked very pretty glittering in the lights. Heres how I made it.

Materials

  • strong sewing thread
  • needle
  • blu-tack
  • glue
  • star punch in 2 sizes
  • sparkly paper (most I found were expensive for just an A4 sheet. In the end I found glitter wrapping paper on ebay, although it was about £9 for one roll, it was but 2 get one free and I have used very little of them).
  1. Punch out as many stars as you want from your glitter paper in different sizes and colours if you wish.
  2. Glue two of the same size and colour stars together so both sides of the star is glittery (this was to make sure if the star did turn around it would still look nice).
  3. Cut a long piece of thread, tie a loop in one end and hook it on something to prevent the thread getting too tangled as you place your stars on.
  4. thread the needle to the un-looped end and put one star point over the blu-tack so it is easier to punch the needle through without bending the paper star. Turn the star over and push the needle through about 0.5-1cm away from the first hole. move the star to where you want to position it on your thread. Repeat until all your stars are on the garland.

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The possibilities are endless with colours and shapes, the paper punch just has to be changed. You can have flowers for parties or hearts for a wedding- go mad!

star garlands

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Why Pangolins?

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1. “Tree Pangolin” by Valerius Tygart – Own work.

So I am sure a few people have no idea what a pangolin is, I didn’t until a couple of years ago. Now, I have fallen in love with them and they are firmly in my list of favorite animals (because you can’t just pick one animal as a favorite, right?!)

Did you also know that they are one of the most poached animals in the world? Yes, they are up there with all the threatened animals we hear about, like rhinos and elephants. There are 8 pangolin species and most are classed as endangered or critically endangered. There has been more publicity about them in the last year or so, many people becoming more aware of these unique animals.

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Pangolins have been referred to a cross between a armadillo and an anteater. They are a mammal that has overlapping armoured plates, a very long sticky tongue and can curl up into a ball when threatened.

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2.”A Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) with Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) Tadoba Tiger Reserve Maharastra” by Dibyendu Ash

As shown pangolins curl up into a tight ball making them practically impenetrable. There are lots of videos and images of lions attempting to prey on pangolins but mostly aren’t able to get past their scales. The lions will go off to find easier prey and after a while the pangolin uncurls and carries on unharmed!

I have added this video from youtube, that will give you a brief overview of the African pangolin, their threats and how they are being helped- I guarantee that you will be converted to a pangolin advocat!

I have more information about pangolins and the threats they are facing on this page, as well as information on the Species Survival Commission, Specialist Pangolin Group, a charity I am supporting by selling my crafts.

I hope you now have pangolins added to your favorite animal list!

Image credits

  1. Tree Pangolin” by Valerius Tygart – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
  2. A Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) with Indian Pangolin(Manis crassicaudata) Tadoba Tiger Reserve Maharastra” by Dibyendu Ash at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Orange Segment Cushion

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This was a make that had been in my WIP basket for MONTHS maybe even a year. Which is odd because I actually really enjoyed this make.

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I became disheartened when I realised I had forgotten to add a seam allowance… rookie mistake, I know. once I went back to it I muddled through and it just meant I had a very narrow seam allowance.

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The main reason I LOVED this so much was because I got to do fabric painting. I think it is so special that I could paint anything I wanted on the fabric and it would be TOTALLY unique when I sewed it up (although I was restricted to orange-y colours).

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The painting process

I love it so much that I am determined to make a whole fruit salad of cushions!

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