The Dove is a recognized symbol of Peace and this weeks Free design features a column of Doves cut from Card stock and assembled to form a vertical garland. They are topped with a banner which is a print and cut element and reads ” Peace on Earth”. I’m sure it’s something we all desire for the future.
My Doves aren’t carrying the traditional olive branch but I have embossed the card stock with an olive leaf pattern instead. They’d look equally good from plain cardstock too. Here’s a close up:
If you notice my blog byline it says Paper|Craft|DIY|Metal. There’s precious little metal on this blog but a few years back it was my obsession. These card stock Doves are made from my design for metal Dove pendants – they were pretty popular back around 2007. In case you’re interested to see more of my metal work – it’s archived on my old blog here
This one’s in textured Sterling Silver, cut with a jewellery handsaw. I also made made them from copper and brass.
Righto, I’ve veered off track – back to the card stock Doves!
On the file the doves have either 0, 1 or 2 holes for hanging. Use the “1 hole” pattern for the very bottom dove on your Cascade Garland. They’d also make great little gift tags or Tree decorations, You could use the “0 hole” dove to make place name cards for the table or stickers for gifts. If you’d prefer a garland that strings out horizontally add a couple of holes either side of the wings.
I’ve arranged my doves so they face in alternate opposite directions and are displayed against a wall. The cut file includes the mirror image of each Dove variation.
I laid the banner and doves face down on my cutting mat and used the grid marks to help space the doves out evenly. If you tie the knot around a needle (I inserted a darning needle before tightening the knot ) then you can slide the knot down the twine into the exact position you want it.
This is a view from the the reverse side and my assembly steps.
If you wish to hang your Cascade Garland from a hook so it swings and rotates freely, it may look like this……….
Perfectly fine except….. I don’t like the way the twine is visible along the back of the dove as it rotates. (second from the top) To fix that – Here’s an alternate method of stringing the garland..
Actually, I’ll probably use the second method in future, but I’d already done it the first way which worked great when the garland was against a wall and as I’d already made the first “how to” picture, I’ve left both options and can choose which method will work best for you.
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