How to make mylar fringe borders

How to make mylar fringe borders

Finding mylar is the biggest challenge to making fringed mylar borders. Mylar isn’t something you can just pick up at your local department store. It may be necessary to search online for a site that sells the material on a roll or by the sheet. Some craft stores may carry mylar but call ahead to find out before making needless trips.

Once you’ve found mylar it’s easy to work with but is also easily torn. When cutting fringe the risk is even bigger since the cut will have a tendency to continue tearing if jostled about much. Clear a long work area to allow yourself plenty of room for rolling out the mylar. When making borders for a large area, such as a car lot, you’ll need yards and yards of strips. Cut the mylar allowing a width of twelve inches with the length being whatever you need to do the intended job.

It’s probably necessary to piece the strips, end to end. While measuring and taping the ends together allow the mylar to fall loosely into a clean trash can, cardboard box, or another container. The material won’t wrinkle easily as long as it is left in a loose pile. Work in a left to right or right to left order while measuring and taping then reverse the order for cutting the fringe, pulling it up and out of the trash can or box.

The easiest way to cut the fringe is to tape a piece of paper showing inches, onto the table. You can also tape a yardstick down temporarily. The longer the tape measure the easier the fringe process will be since you can do many more cuts each time. Cut the mylar from the bottom edge straight upwards eight inches. It’s important that the cuts are made very straight. Make a cut every inch.

If the mylar banner will be used for a short period of time and thrown away afterward there’s little worry that it ll get torn. But, if the mylar banner will remain in a position for quite some time you might want to take precautions against it ripping. The process is rather time-consuming but not all that expensive. It involves taping the edges, from the backside, with scotch tape.

While cutting the fringe allow the mylar banner to fall into the box once again. Now take one end and begin placing lengths of scotch tape along the backside, right at the end of the cut. Using small pieces will take much time but long pieces tend to get tangled easier. Use ten-inch strips or so to place on the mylar. Smooth it down with your hands and move to the next piece of tape.

You can make small mylar flags or pennants that hang from the banner and grab attention while flapping in the air. Simply cut triangles which are 7″X10″ X10″ and affix them to the banner with tape. Staples are much quicker but can cause the flag or banner to tear during movement. Try making the flags and pennants out of a different color of mylar.

If you’re a person who saves everything and has saved mylar balloons from many years gone by you can cut them and piece them together to make banners and pennants. Or locate mylar birthday banners in a store and give them fringe before hanging.

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