We love making our own Christmas décor for studio. It’s a fun creative challenge thinking up something new every year and the surest way to get into the holiday vibe without the commercial tinsel overload. Here’s a quick DIY for making your own.


You’ll need

  • A selection of paper. We used wrapping paper, plain white paper, sheets from an old book and a few scrap book bits.
  • A pair of scissors or rotary cutter
  • A circular form like a jar’s lid, in different sizes
  • A pencil
  • A stapler
  • Sewing thread and needle or a sewing machine

African Christmas DIY

How to

  1. Trace the circular form using a pencil on your selection of paper. Different sizes and paper types makes for visual interest.
  2. Cut out the circles along the trace line using a scissor or use a rotary cutter.
  3. Combining different circle sizes and patterns, slightly overlap one circle with another and staple it in place.
  4. Once you’ve created your desired length, carefully sew the thread into the top circle from which to hang it.
  5. If you have a sewing machine you can sew all the circles together down the centre line using a straight stitch.
  6. Hang the paper garland at different lengths from an interesting branch, window railing or your Christmas tree.

African Christmas DIY turipamwe-design-paper-christmas-garland

Difficulty level

Model: Teddy Mmasi
Branch: Windhoek Wood Carving Station
Paper: CNA and Uncle Spike’s Book Exchange
LED Lights: Typo


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