Tuesday, January 10

Use hole punch waste for decor DIY

During a recent visit to my neighbourhood photo-copying store, I went crazy when I found a heap of hole punch waste. It was from an industrial grade spiral binding machine, which the store used for commercial binding of academic papers, college notes for students of a college nearby and more. Never till now did I realize how much paper waste our mere act of punching a paper with the paper-punch brings about.

I requested the store-owner for a piece of waste paper, and packed a handful of this, something that I know can be used as party confetti on a later day.

Here are two simple things you can make out of such hole-punch waste. Hole punch craft is not as popular as the more captivating shapes-punch craft (such as birds, trees, flowers, Christmas trees and borders). But try it, and you will realize you do not need to spend big money on interesting crafts.

What you will need for these two pieces of craft-art:

-- a pair of scissors

-- punched paper dots or a paper hole-punch with colours that you want

-- a piece of wrapping ribbon or thread 

-- some gift wrap tissue paper with a small gift that you plan, I used a small notebook

-- cardstock of A4 size or less in the colour of your choice, I chose brick red

-- some acrylic paint in either green, black or dark brown colour and a paint brush 

-- craft glue in plenty

-- optional is some colourless duct tape for packing your gift

-- also optional is a tweezer and tissue paper


Pick cardstock of your choice, in the size that you desire. An A4 size sheet is ideal, but you can go for a smaller one too. Squeeze out some paint and use the paint brush to draw out a tree on the cardboard. Trees are universal, and as decor elements, they rock.

I used Olive Green, but it turned out looking more black on the brick-red/maroon background, which is great because of its earthy element. Stick each punched dot along the tips of the branches, to create the overall look of leaves on the tree. How many you plan to stick is up to you, depending on how full you want the tree to look, or how sparse the number of leaves you need on the tree to be.

Stick some dots randomly at the tree's bottom, to create the illusion of fallen leaves and give it the element of separation from ground. If the dots do not stick entirely, let them be, so you get a three dimensional effect. Remember, sticking may feel like the easiest thing in the world, but needs lots of patience. If you want to keep a tweezer and tissue paper handy, do it.

 For the second piece, you need to pull out the gift wrap tissue paper or kite paper, pack your little gift with transparent tape using the scissors that you will need for cutting the paper to size. And tie the piece up in thread.

Squeeze a little glue on to one of the corners and pour some punched dots over it. Once they stick, tilt the gift to let the rest fall off. You may stick some more glue, to add more dots. It gives an informal party-like look to your gift wrap.

Your two little pieces are ready for use. You may try to engage your kid in a stick-and-make project and keep the young one occupied an entire afternoon. Put the wall decor piece up on the wall after framing, and pat yourself on churning a thrifty decor piece, or pin it up over the desk.

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