If you are a frugal party planner and thrower, this will be a great post for you to add to your creative belt! I know that party decorations can be super expensive, and that is why I always look to see if there is a cheaper option before I buy the decoration. These honeycomb decorations utilize only a few items, and they are all items you can find at your local Dollar Tree !
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When I started my quest to make honeycomb decorations, I found tons of sites that sold the premade ones, but not many showed how to make them. Then I found this guy. Mr. Printables. He is basically me in man form. His love of all things crafty drew me in and now, I am a raving fan! Read the post that inspired this one, here!
Easy Steps To Make Honeycomb Decorations
1 Collect your tissue paper. These were for Easter, so I used loads of pastels and bold paper. You can find various count packages at Dollar Tree , or any other store that carries wrapping paper and the like.
2 Decide how big you would like your honeycomb decorations to be. I went with different sizes for this project. However, very large and very small are more difficult to work with.
you can get about 4 rectangles out of one sheet if you fold into quarters. If you are not alternating colors this method of folding and cutting your tissue paper is most effective. The process looks like this:
Fold into quarters ~~> Cut Along All Folds ~~> Stack tissue paper
3 Make stacks of 45-50 sheets each. More will be fuller with smaller sections and less will give you a bigger open space. Below are examples of each.
4 Shape cardboard into a shape. For this, draw your shape on cardboard. Make the shape symmetrical, and cut it in half. For my project, these honeycomb decorations were supposed to look like eggs, so I drew my egg, and cut the shape in half. Then I cut the outline out. Set 2 matching pieces cut aside for later.
5 Decide how many sections you would like your honeycomb decorations to have. I suggest either a 3-2 split or a 4-5 split. On a separate sheet of paper a little bigger than the tissue, you are working with, draw your pattern like this (see below). This will be your guide for where to put your glue on each piece of the tissue paper.
6 Place your guide above your tissue and start with the outer edges. For example, if I was doing a 3-2 split, I would put glue down on the edge, middle and outer edge, and place a new sheet on top of that. My next lines of glue would be on the two lines between the first three. Be sure to do several passes of glue per line.
7 Continue gluing and alternating lines of glue and tissue paper. Your stack will start to get puffy as you reach the end.
After gluing each sheet down, gently but firmly press down the length of each line. This will ensure a great hold.
8 After you have placed the last sheet, its time to place the cardboard cutout. Using your glue stick, create several lines of glue all over the cardboard. Make sure this is well covered. (also make sure it’s not shiny or slick cardboard, as this will not stick well to your tissue honeycomb decorations) Glue one to each side.
9 Trim your paper to match the cardboard line, leaving a little to hide the edge.
10 Slowly start to pull the cardboard parts together, unsticking layers if they are slightly stuck. If any of the glue did not hold you will find out in this step. If that is the case, stop and reglue.
11 It is at this point that you can either stop and attach to a picture frame for a 3D picture with a flat back or continue to separate and pull, joining the cardboard in the center. Both ways are lovely, and look great for any occasion!
12 If you chose to make hanging honeycomb decorations, you will need to attach the cardboard securely. I suggest with either hot glue at the points or string tied through the cardboard. The string gives the advantage, giving something for your decorations to hang from. Make sure that you do not over tighten your string though, as that will cause it to pucker. And no one wants puckered up honeycomb decorations!
That’s it! They are super simple to make and VERY cost effective! Get crazy with it and make them some wild and crazy!
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