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Nothing says party like rainbows and spirals. If you’re not feeling festive now, you will be by the end of this Instructable. Besides, how many projects have you cutting sheet metal one minute and crocheting a rainbow the next? Even if you’ve never picked up a crochet hook or used tin snips before, this Instructable serves as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about making sheet metal spiral streamers. Use your skills or make some new ones and let’s get started!

Materials (For 10 Feet of Streamer)

Aluminum Sheet Metal: I used scrap metal from one of my previous Instructables that measured about 20" long. You'll need at least 10" of width. If purchasing new buy (1) 1' x 2' aluminum sheet. At Home Depot they're usually near the windows/doors.

Yarn: Anything colorful! Bulky weight or 3 strands worsted weight used together. I wish I could tell you the name and brand of what I used, but I found these skeins in my scrap bag from years ago, and the labels are long lost. Thickness and gauge doesn't really matter because it doesn't have to make a particular size. I didn't even have the correct size crochet hook for bulky weight yarn, but in the end it doesn't really matter because all you do is chain until it reaches a certain length.

(10) Jump Rings: You can find these at any art supply store in the jewelry section. They are small, unconnected metal loops that can be easily opened and closed with a pair of pliers.

Metal Wire: I had some 28 guage wire on hand, but in hindsight I would have preferred something a little thicker, maybe 26 or 24 guage. The hair-thin 28 guage meant it would slip through the jump ring unless it was super tight or overlapped.

Tools:

Crochet Hook: I only have one size hook (3.5 mm), which is technically too small but it works for this application because size isn't important.

Straight Tin Snips: Aluminum is soft and easy to cut. Only straight cuts are used, so straight tin snips (as opposed to left- or right- cut snips) are all that's needed.

Needle-Nose Pliers: for opening/closing the jump rings

Cordless Drill & 1/16th" drill bit for drilling the mounting holes.

Round Objects for wrapping the metal strips around, preferably 2 different diameters. I used a flashlight for the larger diameter and a hot sauce bottle for the smaller diameter. The metal will not hold the exact diameter of your object and will spring back larger, so pick something smaller than you actually want.

Step 1: Measure and Cut Aluminum Strips

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One of the cool things about making streamers is that nothing has to be very precise. I had scrap metal strips from my previous Instructable and made a couple larger and smaller than the measurements I have listed here to use up what I had. Make it work for you!

Make 10 Strips approximately 20" long:

Mark 1” in from the side on one end of the metal strip, and 1/8” in from the same side on the other end. Connect the two points with a ruler and draw a line to follow when you cut.

Info on Using Tin Snips:

When you cut with tin snips, the piece on the left side will ride up, and the right side will go down. Position the shears so the thinner strip that is being cut is on the left side and cut with them like you would normal scissors. You'll notice the metal start to curl naturally; in fact, this is how I got the idea for this project. I was trimming some sheet metal and noticed the thin strips started spiraling, so I followed the idea and went with it!

Rituguptascs3 months ago
I have always believed in getting the whole family involved when it comes to festivities decorating. This is one great family bonding activity that we can all get together to participate in. I can recycle the metal scraps I still save to cut down on costs.
knottwood (author)  Rituguptascs3 months ago
Glad to hear it! There are so many different parts to this project it would be great for the whole family to do together. Hope you all have fun!
offseid3 months ago
Fun and creative. Thanks and well done!
knottwood (author)  offseid3 months ago
Thanks!
I love the mix of metal spirals and crocheted yarn :)
knottwood (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 months ago
Thanks! It's fun to go from metal to yarn in the same project
audreyobscura4 months ago
These came out so well! Following you now :D
knottwood (author)  audreyobscura4 months ago
Thanks!