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Recycled Paper Bunting (and a Giveaway)

I have a great giveaway for you today (sponsored by Windows Phone 7), but more on that in just a bit. First I want to share a little project with you.


  • paper (can be new, or can come from magazines/catalogs)
  • ribbon (grosgrain works nicely)
  • ruler or drafting triangle (optional — see the second step for clarification)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • decorative edged scissors (optional)
  • glue (plain Elmer’s is fine)
  • sewing machine or needle and thread (optional)


  • Determine how long your garland will be and cut the appropriate length of ribbon (mine is nine feet long). Be sure to leave some extra length to hang down on the ends or to tie into bows.
  • Cut a triangle out of paper to use as a template. The sides on mine were seven inches long. You don’t have to measure, but a ruler is helpful for making straight lines. I used a drafting triangle, but that is totally unnecessary unless you are persnickety about making true equilateral triangles (*ahem*).
  • Trace your template onto different papers to make as many triangles as you need. I cut nine triangles from catalogs and nine from pink card stock.

  • Figure out which triangles are going to be the top layer (the patterned ones in my case), and mark off the top one inch from each. Fold it along the line and snip off the little ends that stick out.

  • Line up each smaller triangle with a larger one and glue them together along the top to make your flags.
  • After I made mine, I decided that they would look even better with a decorative edge so I used my pinking shears. You can leave them plain though, or even draw on a border (dots would be cute).

  • Glue or sew your completed triangles to your ribbon, remembering to leave some length along the ends to hang.

  • Finished!

And that’s how I made a recycled paper bunting using items from around the house, doing more with less. Speaking of which…

Windows Phone 7 Giveaway

The new Windows Phones are helping people Do More with Less, and I have one to give away to you! You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. One entry per person, per day, until November 29. Please see the official rules for more details.

This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. Less tech tired. More tech trendy: Learn more about Windows Phone online and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today.

* 11.30.10: Congratulations to the winner, TracyCK!

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  • SwoodsonShoeClips
    November 26, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I do more with less by trying to eight million things at once! More things done with less time would be a lot easier with a smart phone, right now I have a lame flip phone that was free with my plan and I can only tweet/email/etc. when I’m actually at my computer. How 90′s. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Overfriendly Concierge
    November 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    We do more with less (and spread the love) by extensively utilizing Freecycle – both giving and getting.

  • Yogi
    November 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I do more with less redundancy by syncing my files using Windows Live Mesh.

  • Stephanie
    November 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    upload digital pictures to an online gallery & stop worrying about hard drive storage and backup

  • Dele O
    November 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    doing more with less could mean budgeting and adhering to it. It allows us to save properly and spend wisely

  • Melanie
    November 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I love your elegant-ness. It looks beautiful.

  • Erin Morris
    November 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I make more of my time lately, making a little extra money from home. I home school my 6 kids, and in between spelling tests and science experiments, I crochet hats, blankets, etc, build diapers cakes, and sell them online. Why didn’t I think of this years ago??

    My poor hubby has been doing more with much less than he should be. He’s using his grandma’s hand-me-down phone. The stone age castoff is such an embarrassment and he’s such a trooper. I hope I can win this phone for him!

  • katrina
    November 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

    loved your thanksgiving table! I did more with less, making a lot of handmade things for thanksgiving, handmade napkin rings, and I painted acorns from the backyard for a centerpiece.

  • Overfriendly Concierge
    November 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    My husband will kill me for saying this, but he does more with less by owning only gray socks. Seriously. He bought 30 identical pairs of gray socks. Whenever one gets a hole in it, he still has umpteen zillion other matches for it, so he doesn’t have to chuck the whole pair. And yes, he is that cheap. (Which is why I’d like to win a new phone and not buy one!)

  • Beth-BTW
    November 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    A new phone = joy for me and my children. They can play games on this, right? =)

  • Breenah
    November 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    The more I look at that bunting, the more I want to make one of my own.

  • Jose D
    November 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Something that has helped a lot when doing more with less are the social networks! In the past I would had to call each friend when I had a party; now I just post the even on Facebook and everyone knows about it!

  • Kate
    November 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I would love to win- I really need a new phone

  • Jearv
    November 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    One example of me doing more with less is simply turning off and unplugging electronics and appliances. Sometimes people forget and it adds up to the costs. As time goes by, spending a few little seconds on turning appliances off can really make a difference and save more money, more money to spend on stuff I want! I only turn things on when I need to!

  • Turtle Mom
    November 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I am trying to do more with less by entering to win wonderful freebies!

  • Samantha
    November 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

    m and ms are probably my favorite more with less candy. i use them to decorate cakes, i use them in counting games with kids, and they just taste good

  • Dele O
    November 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Doing more with less sometimes means reusing grocery bags, or buying the recyclable types and using those. Saves the environment and saves the grocery stores money, which in turn saves you money.

  • Overfriendly Concierge
    November 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

    We do more with less by taking family vacations during the off-season.

  • Breenah
    November 28, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Only one more day! I’m very excited. And very excitable, it seems.

  • Beth-BTW
    November 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I do more with less by focusing on what’s important and entertaining myself (sometimes by reading blogs) with what I already have as much as possible.

  • Jearv
    November 28, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    One way we do more with less is with leftovers. Especially during Thanksgiving time. An example would be using ham for lunch sandwiches and using the leftover turkey for quesadillas or my favorite turkey and tortilla soup!

  • Kate
    November 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I would love to win- my current phone is on its last leg.

  • Turtle Mom
    November 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    This phone would help keep me organized so that I can do more with less!

  • Jose D
    November 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    How to do more with less? I have in my own house a soda vending machine, when I feel like drinking one, I buy one. At the end of certain period of time, I open the vending machine to recollect my profit!!!

  • Samantha
    November 29, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I really like spices and herbs. If you buy them in the ethnic food section, especially the hispanic themed aisle they can be only 99 cents a bag! They add flavor to everything including cheap cuts of meat and inexpensive dishes

  • Overfriendly Concierge
    November 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

    We do more with less by finishing all our holiday shopping waaay before the season gets underway. That way, we aren’t caught up in holiday mania or retail marketing when the gifts are being purchased, and we don’t spend as much money.

  • crystal
    November 29, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I do more with less by cooking from scratch. We always have the best food in our house and we never feel like we have less. Oh, and please pick me for that wonderful phone!

  • katrina
    November 29, 2010 at 9:11 am

    last day to enter, I would love to win!
    I like to cook at home (same as crystal) so that we get more taste and nutrition from less byproducts and preservatives.

  • cortney
    November 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Winning the Windows phone would be a wonderful way to start the holiday season!

  • Amanda
    November 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I could really use a new phone, the one I’m using used to be my moms!

  • Kate
    November 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    i do more with less by staying organized so that i can multitask

  • Jearv
    November 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I do more with less by combining my errands into one drive and trip so I save gas. An example would be going to the store, post office and barbershop in one trip, rather than going at different times of the week. This way, I can do more with the money I have because of the less money I have to spend on gas! I want to win this phone!

  • John
    November 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    You are truly talented. I think I need to tap into my creative side a little more often.

  • Breenah
    November 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Last day! I don’t know what I’m gonna do!

  • Turtle Mom
    November 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I need organization in my life! I need to do more with less! I really need this phone!

  • Craig
    November 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    That’s a terrific use for old magazines – I seriously regret recycling so many in the past without thinking of something like this.

  • Erica Best
    November 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    i go to dollar store and buy things i need for party and everyday stuff and when i get home i remake it it so much fun.

  • Jose D
    November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I used to check my email through a browser; a few months ago I started using an email client. Now I can check all my email accounts at the same time! That’s doing more with less!

  • Dele O
    November 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Doing more with less could be decorating the christmas tree as a family. More work done in less time, and lots of family time together.

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