I mentioned this little "runner" HERE, but I wanted to give you some additional details. Remember that I used a short roll of gift wrap from the Dollar Spot at Target? The width was pretty close to the depth of my microwave -- which is what I was wanting to dress up a little. Our microwave is on a cart, and the top usually has some kind of decorative display on it.
I cut a length of paper that seemed appropriate, and then I started trimming. Realizing that I wasn't good at cutting the rough edges straight, I resorted to using the paper cutter that I use for scrapbooking. I matched up the clean edges, folded the paper and trimmed the rough sides with a nice clean cut. Then, I went one step further to make it a little more interesting... I fringed the edges! I didn't measure, I just eyeballed it and snipped away -- all the way around. And one last step... I messed up the fringe a little so that it was more obvious instead of just laying flat.
I love the look! This could easily be done (fringe and all) for a table runner, or even many individual placemats!
What little decorative tricks do you have up YOUR sleeve this Christmas?