A paper garland hanging on a curtain rod.
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10-Minute No-Sew Paper Garland

Looking for paper garland ideas? Use this easy 10-minute no-sew paper garland for baby shower decorations, bridal shower decorations, or as the perfect solution to decorate your home or apartment on a budget.

A diy paper garland hanging on the wall above other home decor like books and a peg rack.

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Safety note! Please always hang your garlands securely and away from children and pets!

What Do I Need to Make this Paper Garland?

No fancy machines needed here! All you need to make this paper garland are the following supplies:

Scrapbook paper and a paper punch.

Note: Find all the instructions and a printable “how-to” card below!

You can even experiment with different types of paper. I recommend using something that is at least the weight of scrapbook paper, but you can try cardstock, metallic, or textured papers for unique garlands.

Once you have the punches on hand it’s easy to pick up different paper and create garlands for baby showers, bridal showers, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and more.

How to Make a No-Sew Paper Garland

Do I need to have a sewing machine for this garland? Nope! If you want to make a paper garland without sewing or a sewing machine, then you’ve come to the right place.

You will punch large circles from scrapbook paper, add some smaller punches to thread twine through, and then thread a long (12′-14′) piece of twine through the punched circles. It’s super easy and you don’t need a sewing machine!

A paper garland hanging on a curtain rod.

How to Customize Your No-Sew Paper Garland

If you want a little more pizzazz, consider using metallic papers, punching different shapes, or stringing the shapes onto fancy yarn or metallic twine. You could make lots of punched circles and layer them closer together.

Or, maybe try making a two-strand garland. You could punch circles from a patterned piece of paper and a solid-colored piece of paper and mix-and-match. Have fun!

A DIY Paper Garland hanging on a curtain rod.

Tip: How to Save Money on Your Paper Punch

If you don’t already own a scalloped punch, then it can feel a little expensive for this simple project. They usually are about $20-25 for this size, so next time your local craft store runs a 40% or 50% off coupon, use it to go grab this punch!

Yield: 1 Paper Garland

10-Minute No Sew Paper Garland

A DIY No-Sew Paper Garland hanging on a curtain rod.
Make this 10-Minute No Sew Paper Garland with inexpensive scrapbook paper, twine, and large circular scalloped punch. If you are looking for easy diy paper garland ideas, this quick garland is a great place to start!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 2 (or more) sheets of 12"x12" scrapbook paper
  • 12'-14' of sturdy twine

Tools

  • 3.5" scalloped paper punch
  • 1/4" hole punch
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Use your 3.5" scalloped paper punch to punch nine circles per sheet of scrapbook paper. Punch three across the bottom edge, then trim the excess (so you have room to bring the punch forward), and repeat until you have as many circles as you wish for your garland. I used 14 circles for a 12' garland. Scrapbook paper and a paper punch.
  2. Punch two adjacent (1/2” apart) holes on each circle with 1/4" punch (1/2” from edge). A hole punch with large punch paper circles on a wooden background.
  3. Cut a 12’-14’ piece of twine (12’ length shown).
  4. Weave twine through small holes. Up through the first, down through the second. A paper garland made with scrapbook paper and twine on a wooden surface.
  5. Space out punched circles as you wish.
  6. Hang the garland (tie it onto a curtain rod for a quick décor change!)



Notes

You can get nine circles per sheet of scrapbook paper, so it's easy (and inexpensive) to make the garland as long as you need!

Customize it! Try these ideas:

  • use metallic papers
  • punch different shapes
  • string the punched shapes onto a fancy yarn or metallic twine
  • double up the amount of punched shapes and string them close together
  • make a two-strand garland
  • mix-and-match prints and solid colored papers for variety


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