Following on from our last upcycled Christmas craft (a super easy door wreath), we have a fabulous way to use up the rest of that charity shop duvet cover, along with any little scraps of festive ribbon or fabric you have in your stash cupboard; all you need is scissors and that ball of string that has been lurking in the kitchen drawer for years!
Whereas with the wreath we tore the strips into strips roughly 15 x 4cms, for the tinsel the strips will need to be roughly 10 x 2cms. As before, the easiest way is to snip along one side of your fabric at 2cm intervals and then get some kids or willing helpers to tear the fabric up. Lay the long strips on top of each other and then simply chop into 10cm bundles.
To assemble the tinsel, start at one end of your ball of string and tie on the first strip; just one loop and tie will be enough to hold it in place, it won’t need double-knotting.
Continue to add more scraps, sliding them up as you go along; you won’t need to bunch them up too tightly as the fabric will start to point off in all directions and give it a lovely full look.
And that’s it! Just keep ripping and tying as long as you’ve got energy, then give everything a quick trim with sharp scissors to tidy up the ends; the rest of the double duvet cover should give you enough fabric to make a lovely garland at least 2 to 3 metres long, perfect for a small tree or as a swag along your mantelpiece.