Garland Punch Mobile

Hello and welcome to Punch Week here on the blog. This week we’re focusing on our fabulous punches (as opposed to punch boards), and our designers will be sharing projects they’ve made with these crafter’s staples. Let’s get things started with a darling mobile made with the Garland Punch by Laura Silva.

 

Hey there, We R readers, Laura here! One thing I love about We R tools is that they are so versatile. You can use each one for so many different projects. Today, I am sharing how to create this hanging mobile using the DIY Party garland punch. Instead of making the traditional garland for party decor, I used the punch to create a pretty paper rainbow mobile.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To start with you will need a rainbow assortment of cardstock. I love the DIY party pad colors. I used 10 solid colors and one gold sheet. I suggest using double-sided cardstock for this project. The gold has white on the back, but the rest of the cardstock is the same on both sides.You will also need the circle garland punch and a wooden embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the punch to cut out twelve circles of each color.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

As you create your strand, loop one with the “hook” part facing up, and then on the next one, do the “hook” facing down. This way when the garland hangs, it will look 3D rather than flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted there to be a little variety in the mobile as it turned around, so for each of the strands, I used one circle of each of the colors. Then, I would choose one color and use two circles for that strand of that particular color. This is why I cut out 12 of each of the eleven colors.

I laid them out as I went to be sure I could keep track of what I was doing. Plus, this also allowed me to vary which strand I used as I added them to the embroidery hoop.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using strong, clear fishing line, I tied a knot at the top of each garland strand. I used a little dab of superglue on the knots to be sure they didn’t come apart.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I cut each fishing line strand 8 inches long and attached them to the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop. Again, I tied a knot around the hoop and used a little super glue to keep the knot in tact. After the glue dried, I trimmed off all the excess fishing line.

On the outside hoop, I used three two-foot lengths of white and gold twine. I looped each one around the hoop, and then gathered all the strands at the top and tied a knot. Evenly space out the twine until the hoop lies flat.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Attach the inner hoop inside the outer hoop and tighten.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this turned out. You could really do any color combination. It looks beautiful spinning around.

Circle Garland Mobile by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Garland Punch
DIY Party 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Embroidery Hoop
Fishing Line
Twine

Trolls Birthday Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here! I’m lucky to be auntie to a pretty awesome niece who just had a birthday. Her party theme? Trolls! Of course, I had to contribute to her mama’s party décor:

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

First, I made party hats inspired by the character of Poppy. I started by using the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board to make hats out of pink cardstock. Next, I put double-sided tape inside the bottom of the hat, then stuck several strips of 6” wide glitter tulle to the tape. I pulled the tulle up around the hat and secured it with a ribbon sealed with the We R Memory Keepers Ribbon Cutter. To give the hats that extra “Poppy” touch, I hand cut her signature felt flowers to adorn each one.

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

Second, I made party blowers, again with the DIY Party Board. I used a rainbow of cardstock colors and embellished each one with another cartoony felt flower. Tip: After you’ve used the (not custom and not nearly as cute) blowers from the party store, save the blower pieces and toss the paper cones. You can glue in your own cones later!

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

You can’t have a birthday without banners and garlands! I made my niece a banner featuring her name with the Alphabet Punch Board. Bazzill foil cardstock made it shiny like the hats. I strung it with the same tulle I used on the hats and embellished with more Poppy-style flowers.

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

I also used the Banner Punch Board and the DIY Party Paper Punch: Garland to create a couple more garlands in colored cardstock. Altogether, and combined with the party décor my sister purchased in the Trolls theme, my niece had a colorful, fun, and unique party!

Trolls Birthday Party Decor by Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers featuring the DIY Party Board

I love having so many easy to use and handy tools within reach to create custom party décor. How about you? Happy creating!

Supplies Used:

DIY Party Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Crop-a-dile

DIY Party Paper Punch: Garland

Banner Punch Board

Believe Holiday Banner

Hello and good morning, We R Memory Keeper’s readers! Laura here with a fun, festive holiday banner to help you believe in the magic of the season. I love creating banners for each and every holiday. Using the alphabet punch board makes it really easy to create a word banner in just minutes.

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I started by trimming my textured red cardstock to 3 inches by 5 inches.

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I created each letter of the word ‘BELIEVE’ using the alphabet punch board and the easy to follow instruction guide. I love how simple it is to use the alphabet punch board.

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To make the letters more festive, I used the holiday font punch on each letter. The guides marked on the punch make it easy to line up the punch perfectly with each letter.

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I used the DIY Party garland punch to create red and white circles to go on either end of my banner. I made a total of five circles for each end of the banner. You could easily add more if you needed a longer banner for your decorating.

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So the background wouldn’t show through on my letters, I trimmed plain white cardstock to fit behind each one where I had used the holiday font punch. Now, no matter where I hang it, you won’t see anything through the letters.

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To connect the banner together, I used the link punch to create slits in each side of the letters. I punched white links to connect each letter together. Since the letter L and I were so far apart, I used two links, instead of just one, and connected them with a brad.

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The punched out letters remind me of the part in the movie, Polar Express, where the conductor punches each person’s ticket with his hole punch. And since I chose the word believe, I think it seemed very fitting.

 

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Supplies

 

Alphabet Punch Board

Holiday Font Punch

DIY Party Garland Punch

Link Punch

Red Cardstock

White Cardstock

 

Home Banner

Hi everyone!  I’m so glad you could join me, Wendy here today for some fun with garlands using the DIY Party Garland Punch.  I love how this punch made it so easy to make fun garlands to decorate our space and it mixed so well with some of the other WRMK tools. I used the Honey I’m Home collection to create a welcoming banner for our new home to dress up some of those bare walls.

Home Banner by Wendy Antenucci for We R Memory Keepers

I began by punching multiple garland pieces from my chosen papers from the Honey I’m Home collection.  Once I had my circles I chose the order that I wanted to assemble them in, and the linked them together.

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I also used the Banner Punch Board to create a place to nestle the word home, it was a great opportunity to play with the amazing Alphabet Punch Board again too.  I dressed the Home banner up with some of the Fringe Tape in Meadow which I pulled from the garland pieces.

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Once I was happy with the basics of my décor I began to embellish with some of the wood veneer pieces and Ephemera.  I also chose some of the houses from the Ephemera to hang from my garland to add a whimsical touch.

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Designer Tip:  I found it was easiest to assemble my garland from only one direction, for me I built from the left which was an easier way for me to thread the tab through the slot.  A little dab of hot glue also works wonders to hold the garland secure if you prefer only certain colors to show.

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Have fun creating your own garlands and banners with the We R Memory Keeper punches, we’d love to see them just post them on our Facebook page.

 

Supplies:

Honey I’m Home Paper
Honey I’m Home Ephemera
Honey I’m Home Wood Veneer
3×5 Metallic Paper Pad
DIY Party Fringe Tape
Alphabet Punch Board
DIY Party Garland Punch
Banner Punch Board
Ruler Studio