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[dropcap letter="W" id="colorpink"]hy spend when you can make these beauties yourself? Have fun!




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They’re the most ubiquitous DIY party hanger because they’re pretty easy to make. They look really beautiful especially when you hang them in big bunches and they’re dirt cheap. A pack of 10 sheets of tissue paper (we Pinoys call it Japanese Paper) costs less than P20. And from that one pack you can make two 12-inch pom poms.



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We all have Christmas lights lying around in a box somewhere. The green ones are fine but white looks a little more elegant for making décor. Google “string lights,” and you’ll see a world of crafting fun.



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If you’re looking for something a little more permanent, these twine lanterns are a great choice. They’re a bit more expensive to make, especially if you use abaca twine, but because they last for a long time, the extra cost should be fine.



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These look like they’re more for kiddie parties but with the right colors, you’d be surprised by how legitimately fancy they can get. You can also skip the paper vellum and just experiment with other types of paper that would be stiff enough for the design.



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There are many ways to make fabric flowers but if you’re looking for the type to hang, this works well. You can put it up with #8 and revel at their combined textures.



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White and abaca strip lanterns would look elegantly rustic in eclectic garden occasions. You can also go shabby chic and make pastel-colored ones. And all you need is our basic school cartolina (which is less than P15 a roll) and some string.



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The shape is up to you and there are many how-tos to choose from online. You can also experiment with the kind of paper to use, just remember that you’ll need something you can easily fold and will hold.



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This will need a trip to a hardware and a fabric store but really, CLOUD LIGHTS!



P.S. The "paper lanterns" in the instructions are the round ones you can get at bookstores and gift-wrapping shops. And if you have a hard time looking for cotton batting (it's what they use for quilts), you can use the cotton pads you use on your face, they'll just be a little less wispy but fluffy nonetheless.



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Jozza Alegre Palaganas

Jozza has two life pegs: Martha Stewart and Jonah Peretti. She dreams of one day owning a juicer and the Internet. In the meantime, she's 8List's managing editor.

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