Years ago I saw a fabulous tutorial by Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming that showed how to make an inexpensive art piece using nothing more than crepe paper streamers, a sewing machine, hot glue and a blank canvas.
Right now Ombre is all the rage. I wanted to experiment with trying an ombre project, but didn’t want to spend a ton on materials. As streamers cost about 79 cents a roll, it was a great medium to work with for very little money out of pocket.
Truth be told, it did take scouring several places to find all of the colors I needed to. But in the end I found 7 colors that went from a maroon to white.
The canvas I was working on was 16 x 20 inches. I cut my streamers into 32 inch lengths, twice the width of the canvas.
I then set my sewing machine to the longest stitch it allowed…
I ran the streamers through the machine with a 1/4 inch “seam”
And I then pulled one string to ruffle it.
Love all of the colors!
I then just layered the ruffles one on top of the other.
I secured using some hot glue, and was sure to go around the edges.
In all I used 22 ruffles, three of each color and then a fourth of the white.
I am very happy with how it turned out!
The ruffles are so interesting, visually, and no one who has seen it has recognized that they were streamers.
Inexpensive to make, but I think it has great visual impact!
I’ll be linking up here…