There’s a reason this Christmas craft is so classic, and that’s because it’s so simple! Once you know the trick to making gorgeous paper garlands, you’ll be set for the rest of your days! Lucky for you, I’ve made almost an embarrassing number in my days. Below are the simple instructions for making your own paper garlands. This is a fun project to do while you watch a movie or to sit at the table with the kids and create. Remember to share your Christmas crafts with me on Instagram (@tartanandtinsel)!
- Paper of your choice. (I recommend heavy wrapping paper!)
- Writing Utensil
- Scotch Tape
First, make sure your patterns are cut out. I googled “Angle Outline” and voila! Print it out to the size of your choosing and cut it out. Now, you’ll want to fold your wrapping paper. Wrapping paper works best because you can cut one skinny strip and get a lot of folds in. You need to fold your paper to the exact width of your pattern. Lay your pattern down on the length of paper so that it touches the very edge. I did a terrible job with my photos because I should have shown you this by putting the angel’s left wing against that small edge on the bottom. You’ll have to use your imagination!
Once you have your pattern lined up, fold the long strip of paper the width of your pattern. For me, I folded my long piece in sections that were equal to the distance of my angel’s wings. Once you’ve got one fold done, repeat until your entire long piece is folded in equal sections.
Trace your pattern onto the folded length of paper. You can see mine below. Make sure your patter touches both sides. You want a little to hang over the edges because the fold is how they’ll all connect.
You’re already almost done! Now you can cut out your pattern through all of the layers of paper. DO NOT cut around the entire image! You should have a small part on the left and right that you do not cut out. That’s how they all stay connected. Instead of taping together tons and tons of long strips of paper, it’s better to only cut through a few layers, repeat all the steps, and then tape those two paper garlands together.
Gently unfold your paper garland! You did it! Now you can repeat with several different patterns or make millions of the same!
During the holidays, you can get a lot of use out of your simple paper garlands! Hang them on a wall like the image below. Or you can drape them across your tree like you would ribbon. I love to cut out lots of different styles and tape them in rows to a wall so they create a fun photo back drop!
I’d love to see what pattern you pick and how you use your paper garlands!