I made this garland yesterday.
It was a lot of fun! It took about 2 hours.
I'll show you how I did it.
I cut my sheet music in one inch strips, 8 or 9 inches long. I taped two strips together.
Then you tie a knot on the end.
You have to be really careful not to tear the paper, especially if you're using vintage sheet music.
Fold the small end in so that you have a pentagon shape.
(sorry for the blurriness of the photos. I'm not a good one handed photographer.)
Keep folding the paper around the pentagon shape. You just make sure the edges all line up.
You'll go around several times.
When you get to the end, tuck it into the little gap that's closest. You might have to tear some of the paper off if it's too long.
Then, using your thumbnail, make a dent in the side.
Go all the way around the pentagon, creasing the flat sides in the middle with your thumbnail.
Then you'll have your star. One tip~as you are folding the strip of paper around itself, don't flatten it too much. You want it tight, but you don't want to crease it so that it won't puff out when you dent the sides. I found that out the hard way.
Then I made loops in some jute twine by tying knots every few inches.
I just eyeballed it, but you could measure it if you're so inclined.
Then I fired up the hot glue gun and glued a star to each loop, making sure they all faced the same way.
I made about a 12 foot garland.
I think the puffy stars are freaking adorable!
If you want a better tutorial, click on
(It won't hurt my feelings. Really. Go ahead and click on it.
And thanks again for the link, Joni!)