After spending so much time and effort on making handmade Christmas garlands last year, there was no way i was going to ruin them by dumping them in a pile before they were stored.
Seriously, is there anything more irritating than trying to untangle a mass of garland or tinsel or fairy lights? i think not, it makes me get all hot and bothered just thinking about it.
Instead i found a simple and quick solution: take some sturdy cardboard, either cut it to size or fold it a few times (this makes it extra sturdier), and then carefully wrap your garland or bunting around it. Tuck in the end and you’re done! Next year when you pull out your ornaments and decorations for Christmas, you’ll be thrilled to find you don’t have to untangle a mess! And i also found that it was wayyyy easier to hang metres of garlands when i was unwinding them off the card as i went.
Tutorials to make the garlands pictured above can be found here and here.