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Why buy when you can DIY? That’s the mantra I live by everyday. Here are a few of my favorite handmade crafts, and I’m sharing them with all with you!

Dressed Up Candle!

Here’s another good use for those edge punchers!

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
I grabbed a few scrap pieces of paper I had lying around.

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
With a Martha Stewart Edge Punch, I punched along one side.

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
Then, trying my best to align the scallops, I punched the other edge.

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
I made sure the strip made it around the candle.

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
To spice things up a little bit I added a fun polka dot print in the middle of the strip.

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
Then, I stuck it onto the glass.

I Try DIY | Dressed Up Candle!
It even cast a beautiful pattern off the walls in the dark!

The following puncher was used for this tutorial:

Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

Do you remember the paper garland I made for the last Handmade Stationery workshop? I call it the Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland, and this is how easy it is to make!
I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

You’ll need medium to heavy cardstock in an assortment of colors. You can also go for different prints and patterns depending on the look you’d like.

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

Cut the cardstock into half-inch strips.

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

I cut the letter-sized paper shortways so I end up with more strips.

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

Join the ends of each strip to form a loop. You can use glue or tape, or leave them loose. Punch holes about half an inch from the edge.

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

I chose to use paper twine for stringing my garland. Since paper twine tends to fray, I used washi tape to seal the end much like a shoelace aglet.

Washi Tape from Hey Kessy

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

Randomly string all your paper loops together. No need to plan out the order of your colors.

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

Hang it up at your next party or event!

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland

As I was packing up my garland, I also accidentally discovered that when the loops are bunched together, the garland doubles up as cute table centerpiece!

I Try DIY | Loop-d-Loop Paper Garland