These traditional Scandinavian paper garlands are super easy to make!


In Sweden we usually have them in the shape of Christmas gnomes, but I drew some other wintery designs for you to print out. All you need is some paper, glue, and a pair of scissors or an art knife. Put the garland in a window when it starts to get dark outside, and the white silhouettes will contrast beautifully against the dark night!


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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!

 

With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”

 

Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.

 

As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.

 

 

You will need:

templates from this post
paper
glue
an art knife or a pair of scissors

  1. Print out a few of the templates from this post.
  2. Cut out the figures very roughly. Cut close to the edge only where the silhouettes will meet (the head, feet, end of the boy’s scarf, etc.)
  3. Get some good quality drawing paper. The sheets should be quite thin. The bigger, the better!
  4. Put a silhouette template next to an edge of the paper. You can tape it to hold it in place.
  5. Fold the sheet of paper like an accordion. Each fold should be the length of the template. Make sure that the edges of the paper always line up, or the garland will be crooked.
  6. Cut along the lines of the template. with an art knife.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 4 a few times depending on how long you want your garland to be. Overlap the ends of the garlands and glue together.
  8. Place in a window, on a shelf, or in the middle of a table!

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These traditional Scandinavian paper garlands are super easy to make!
Photography by Photography by Susanna Blåvarg

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