If there’s anything better than an easy DIY, it’s one that’s easy AND affordable. Enter this quick DIY straw backdrop garland project we created with Fiskars to celebrate their 50th Anniversary of their famous Orange-Handled Scissors. We’re proud to announce that this project will also be on display at the Helsinki Design Museum in Finland next month for the party! You can make this backdrop to create a colorful statement piece perfect for your ceremony, cake table, sweetheart table — anywhere, really! We chose an orange ombré pattern, because there’s pretty much no better color match for summer.
To celebrate Fiskars 50th Anniversary of their Orange-Handled Scissors, we wanted to create a party installation that reflected both Fiskars’ Nordic origin and American Mid-Century design. Easy-to-use is one Fiskars’ cornerstones, so we wanted to showcase that in a project that’s easy for anyone to make. We love its icicle-like feel mixed with an Atomic-era vibe. The movement that these make adds another dimension that you can’t see in photos.
This DIY Straw Backdrop can be made in many different ways, by cutting the straws in different lengths, in half for a more delicate look, using colored or patterns straws or painting them with spray paint (an easy solution if you want a specific color or finish such as gold or metallic copper!). The finished product is lightweight, easy-to-transport and can be whipped up in no time.
For this project, you will need:
- Fiskars Orange-Handle Scissors
- Drinking straws
- Spray paint
- Fishing line
- Sewing needle
1. We started out by cutting the straws in different lengths for an organic look using Fiskars Orange-Handle Scissors, which are famous for their lightweight comfort grip that gets bulky, repetitive jobs done with ease. Its bent handle design keeps the straw flat so there are no slanted tips.
2. Lay all of your straws on a piece of cardboard and spray light coats of paint, slowly and gradually working your way to a darker color to a portion of them.
3. With the help of a sewing needle, thread fishing line in the middle of your straws, stringing different lengths of these straw garlands. These are light enough you can use masking tape to secure on the ceiling depending on the length (our longest length was 5 feet).
For more information on Fiskars crafting products, including their DIY essential Orange-handled Scissors (which will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year!) check out their website or follow Fiskars on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
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