How to Make a Paper Garland

How to Make a Paper Garland Square 1

Last week I shared this daisy-themed 40th birthday party.

In order to keep the party budget in check, I did a lot of DiY projects.  The great thing about DiY party decor is that it often turns out looking so much better than something you just pick up at the party store.  To be fair, there is slightly more effort involved, but there is something so satisfying about making things yourself.

 I love how these paper garlands turned out.

how to make a paper garland

Not only do they add the perfect pop of party cheer, they were super easy, took only about 15 minutes each to make, are available in colors and patterns to match every imaginable theme and decor, and they can be reused over and over again.  Oh, and did I mention they only cost about $5 (total!) to make?

how to make a paper garland

 Step 1: Find a circle-shaped object to trace (I used a paint can lid.)  Cut out circles out of coordinating shades and patterns of scrapbook paper stock.  (I buy the books that have 48 sheets of coordinating paper when they are on clearance, usually for about $10 or $0.21 a sheet.)  Cut as many circles as you want, depending on how long or how many garlands you want to make.  For my 4 garlands I used 11 different patterns (all from the same book) and cut two circles of each pattern.

how to make a paper garland

how to make a paper garland

 Step 2: Fold one circle in half.  Cut along the fold, then use one half as a guide to cut the rest of the circles in half.

how to make a paper garland

Step 3: Lay out the half-circles in the order you want them to be.

Paper Garland 2

 Step 4: Leaving about 18 inches of overhang, line up ribbon on top of the straight edge of the first half-circle.  Clamp down the sewing machine foot to hold it in place, then begin sewing.  Be sure to use thread color that matches your ribbon so that it doesn’t show!

Paper Garland 1

 Step 5: As you come to the end of the first half-circle, line up the straight edge of the second half-circle and continue sewing in one continuous line.  Repeat until garland is as long as you’d like it to be.  Be sure to leave another 18″ of ribbon at the end.

Paper Garland

 For a different look you could make pennant shapes instead of half-circles.Or you could cut out letters and use the same process to make a “Happy Birthday” banner.

How to Make a Paper Garland Vertical 1


  1. March 8 at 08:01PM

    and if you don’t have a sewing machine can you just use hot glue?!

    • Ruth
      March 9 at 02:16PM

      Hot glue hadn’t even occurred to me, but I’m sure that would work too!

  2. Caity
    March 8 at 11:39PM

    I love love Love these ideas for the DIY party. I’m in the process of planning a bridal shower on a very tight budget and now i’m not worried about decorating anymore Thanks!!!………. also i wanted to know the same do u think a glue gun would be just as effective???

    • Ruth
      March 9 at 02:18PM

      I think from a few feet away, the look would be pretty much the same but it might not hang quite as nice. It would probably be even faster! I’ll be posting more DiY party ideas over the next couple of weeks, so check back! There are so many fun things you can do for little-to-no money that make a huge impact. If you make these for your shower I would love to see a picture–you can post it on the LWSL facebook page! 🙂

  3. What do I think? I think you’re awesome!!! Thanks for sharing this fun project! 🙂

  4. Tanya
    March 9 at 04:28PM

    I love this idea; it is so adorable, and what a great idea to look for scrapbook paper on sale so you have plenty when it’s party time. Thanks for sharing this tip.

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