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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. Jana

    March 24, 2011

    I love this! It's great!!

  2. theeclecticlife

    March 24, 2011

    Seriously, your creativity has no boundaries. Love everything you do Jordan!


    March 24, 2011

    holy guac! this is amazing! i can't believe how simple it is and that it's a completely fresh new idea (to me). super well done!

  4. angela hardison

    March 25, 2011

    i want to live in paris and come hang out with you and make pretty colorful rainbow streamers. dreamy. and yeah, these photos are soo pretty! beautiful work as always.

  5. Sarah

    March 26, 2011

    I love this! Can't wait to try it out —

  6. Melissa

    March 26, 2011

    Great tutorial, Jordan! I'm definitely going to try this for Penelope's birthday next month.

  7. renee kristine

    March 26, 2011

    I love this post! So much that i have featured it here

  8. ChickRocks

    March 27, 2011

    I love this tutorial! I'm gathering DIYs for when I great married. This idea is definitely a keeper.

  9. Sage and Style

    March 30, 2011

    Great idea! And I love the colors … about how much paper do you think you used with this shoot?


    March 31, 2011

    Wow, noe så nydelig…
    Tusen takk for tips :)
    Nå vet jeg hva jeg skal pynte med i neste bursdag…
    Virket faktisk ikke vanskelig å lage heller :)
    Klem May Helen

  11. Jenny at LGN

    April 6, 2011

    Jordan, are you kidding me with that little sofette? Dying over here.

  12. KatieJ

    April 6, 2011

    I knew there was a reason I HAD to have those huge packs of colored paper when they were $2 after rebate at Staples last month! Thanks for sharing this pretty, simple idea!

  13. Erin

    April 7, 2011

    I love these!! I am SO making this for my twins' 3rd birthday party this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Events DEE-signed

    April 7, 2011

    I find this absoutely brilliant!! Inexpensive, simple, easy to use lots of different colors, and so festive looking!! Thank you!!

  15. Bonnie Dickerson

    April 9, 2011

    Simple and easy idea! Love it. Keep'em coming! Love the rainbow colors but not sure about rainbow colors for a little boy party.

  16. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011

    I made these for my daughter's birthday party this past weekend and they were a HUGE hit!

  17. Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events}

    May 19, 2011

    So simple yet so fun :)

  18. Susan Doherty

    June 6, 2011

    Different and so artsy.

  19. Jenna

    June 9, 2011

    This is such a great idea! I love it.

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