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Zig Zag Accordion Streamers DIY

I made these cool zigzag streamers for Paul’s birthday last week but I forgot to take photos so I made Moses put on a hat and pose during Roman’s nap time today. My mom taught me how to make these and they are about the easiest party decor there is. All you need is colored paper and pair of scissors. Really, its that easy. Instructions Below. Ps: If you are looking for the party hat template go here.

Step 1: Start with some colored paper in the shape of a rectangle. Start on one of the long sides and cut a strip about 1″ wide but don’t cut all the way through.

Step 2: From there measure about 2″ from the first and cut again. Continue doing 2″ cuts on that side of the paper.

Step 3: Turn the paper over and make cuts (but not all the way through) half way between the 2″ sections. Et voilà! You have an accordion streamer to make you party festive.

I love these streamers because they don’t have to be perfect, my cuts are crooked and uneven but they still turned out great.

photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Timmi

    March 23, 2011

    Oh I love this! I am doing a colorful rainbow party for my upcoming 5 year old's party. Your site has been giving me so many wonderful ideas since you love color yourself! Thanks a bunch!

  2. Ashley

    March 23, 2011

    This is a gorgeous idea, made even more lovely with your fantastic photographs, Jordan. A bit off topic, but is that loveseat in your home? It's gorgeous!!

  3. Lauren

    March 23, 2011

    These are so cool, can't wait to try them!

  4. Alice C

    March 23, 2011 thank you for sharing this with us!

  5. Kathleen

    March 23, 2011

    Great project, easy too! Love it.

  6. Paul & Paula

    March 23, 2011

    aha aha aha… you are so great :)
    I have my sons first bday on Friday and will make those, easy and pretty!!!
    Thank you!

  7. angie

    March 23, 2011

    i love your diy here! so cute and festive. i also really love that grey seat!

  8. Kate {domestikatedlife}

    March 23, 2011

    Love the streamers, and love love love that little settee!

  9. lizzie

    March 23, 2011

    TOO cute. so simple. would be beautiful for weddings too!

  10. Jan | Poppytalk

    March 23, 2011

    so so clever!

  11. kathy besser

    March 23, 2011

    Thank you so much for the instructions!! I'm hosting a bridal shower in less than two weeks and this will be so cute over the gift table! kathy

  12. Becs

    March 23, 2011

    Beautiful! Love those colours… and your furniture.

  13. r8chel

    March 23, 2011

    These are so great! It adds so much texture and dimension. I'm definitely bookmarking this for future reference.

  14. Jan @ Family Bites

    March 23, 2011

    Oh my gosh…we used to something like this in elementary school. Thanks for the reminder and tutorial. You really need to write a book….

  15. joksie

    March 23, 2011

    this is reallly great and so simple, i will be using this weekend at a papercraft party. thanks for putting this up absolutely love it!

  16. Janssen

    March 23, 2011

    Those are darling!

    And i love the new seating.

  17. Amy

    March 23, 2011

    neat idea, i'm going to try these for my daughter's party in a couple of weeks

  18. Abbigail

    March 23, 2011

    Nice work. Turned out great. Moses looks so sweet in your new setee. I am going to teach my five year old daughter how to make these. She loves cutting paper.

  19. Paige Rien

    March 23, 2011

    how geniously easy, happy, cheap and beautiful. wondering if they could work with a more permanent material….it's like a contemporary art installation! adult mobile! raining paper rainbows!

  20. Abbigail

    March 23, 2011

    pardon me, settee.

  21. logan

    March 23, 2011

    Love these! My baby's party is coming up…so I might have to do use this great idea!

  22. Sarah

    March 23, 2011

    I love these! It totally goes with all the rainbow stuff that's been floating around the blog community lately. Thanks for sharing =)

    – Sarah

  23. silly eagle books

    March 23, 2011

    These are beautiful–I love how easy they are–that is key for me. :)

  24. Robyn

    March 23, 2011

    love this idea so much! i think we may hang some of these above our little bird's crib, once we know if it's a he bird or a she bird!

  25. Kathy

    March 23, 2011

    Love these!

  26. Margot Madison Creative

    March 23, 2011

    I know everyone is saying this, but it's no less true. LOVE IT!

  27. Miss B.

    March 23, 2011

    your little one seems so patient!

  28. Em

    March 23, 2011

    doesn't everything look better as a rainbow? Lovely, had to pin this.

  29. Kathleen Frances

    March 23, 2011

    These are so great! Would make an easy deco for rainbow party.

  30. Erika

    March 23, 2011

    Ooooh – I'm using this for Cinco de Mayo so cute! Thanks!

  31. whitneyingram

    March 23, 2011

    I just used your idea for fringe steamers you posted a few weeks ago and it worked so good! Thanks for the simple (and sort of "duh") ideas!

  32. michelle

    March 23, 2011

    Cute streamers but I'm loving your hair in a messy bun!

  33. janis

    March 23, 2011

    i love that kid. seriously, so cute. also, couch/loveseat = AMAZZZZING!

  34. Dee

    March 23, 2011

    I remember doing this as a kid! So cute and easy to do. I just whipped up a bunch for my son's 6 birthday tomorrow!

  35. MissK

    March 23, 2011

    Looks great
    anyone know how you attach the top of them to the ceiling,espaecially when renting?

  36. jordan

    March 23, 2011

    @MissK: Just a little piece of scotch tape. It comes of easy.

  37. Make.Good

    March 23, 2011

    Perfection! When it's that easy, it's bound to be beautiful.

  38. Michelle

    March 23, 2011

    Love the streamers! Great idea!!!

  39. Lauren

    March 23, 2011

    Your new settee is lovely!

    I love post-event reinactment photos- I feel like I am always forgetting to take pictures at the right time!

  40. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011

    This might seem like a lame question but here goes, how do you attach it to the ceiling?

  41. jordan

    March 23, 2011

    @anon Not a Lame Question. I just used scotch tape. Came right off.

  42. Jordan - Polkadot Prints

    March 23, 2011

    I remember these from school days – love that handmade is so back in style. I get a second chance to get my childhood craft on…(and do it a little more stylishly!) :) Thanks for the great DIY's
    Oh, and love your new sofa!

  43. Itsy Bitsy Art

    March 23, 2011

    This is so clever! LOVE it!!

  44. Lexi

    March 23, 2011

    So simple and cute!

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

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    March 24, 2011

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  46. La Ballena Elena

    March 24, 2011

    You're a garland genious

  47. maria

    March 24, 2011

    what a great and easy idea!!
    just made a quick one to get the hang of it and
    plan to make lots and lots with colored paper!

    You inspire me so much with all your wonderful posts.
    I always check in!
    thanks a million!

  48. Leslie

    March 24, 2011

    Freaking awesome!

  49. rebecca

    March 24, 2011

    AH! Definitely need to make these!!!

  50. mamajoules

    March 24, 2011

    This is so simple and ingenious . . . I'm going to have to make some for my Will+Kate Royal Wedding watching party next month.

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