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Nepali Ceiling Hanging DIY

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

When I was in Nepal for a special project in June I stumbled upon some beautiful hangings cascading down the staircase of the architecture school in Kathmandu. Since they appeared to be made of paper I kept it in my memory bank and thought I’d give it a try here. The ones in the staircase were about 1 story high and twice the size, but I think these mini versions are more to scale for a home party.

Keep reading for the easy instructions!

Materials Needed: tissue paper scissors, glue gun or double-sided tape, ruler, string, cardboard, x-acto knife

Step 1. Cut cardboard in equilateral triangles (same length on each side). The ones shown here are 16cm on each side.

Step 2: Glue the triangle to the tissue paper leaving about 3 1/2″ of extra tissue for the fringe.

Step 3: Do the same to the other side of the cardboard.

Step 4: Cut around the triangle leaving 3 1/2″ all the way around. For the corners cut a wedge so that the paper will fall down flat on each side.

Step 5: Create a crease in the tissue so the fringe lays flat.

Step 6: With the x-acto knife, cut a whole in the triangle in one corner.

Step 7: From the corner draw an imaginary line to the center of the opposite side and create another hole.

Step 8: Cut two strings of equal length. Give yourself enough room depending on where you want to place it.

Step 9: Create a knot large enough so the end won’t slip through the holes then slide them through.

Step 10: Now, measure the length of the string according to where you want to place the next triangle. I measured the spacing at 15cm, slightly smaller than the size of the triangle. Double knot it.

Step 11: Slide the next triangle onto the string but make sure you alternate stringing from the corner and flat edge of the cut holes.

Step 12: String all the triangles on until you’ve reached your desired height.


The beauty of these is that they can be used for any occasion. Do red/green for Christmas, red/pink for Valentine’s, shades of green for St. Pattty’s, or use a child’s favorite colors for a birthday. Enjoy!

photos by Hilda Grahnat

  1. lesley

    January 10, 2012

    such great colors!! i love this so much.

  2. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    January 10, 2012

    This is so lovely! Such a great idea.

  3. Allison

    January 10, 2012

    I love these! They’d look do cool in in kitchen… & easy enough that I might actually make them!

  4. Misha

    January 10, 2012

    Ooh! I just love these happy pieces of paper hangings!

  5. Judy

    January 10, 2012

    Really nice. Great that you saw these in travel and looked closely. And, I love your cute outfit, your cute haircut, and your cute self! :)

  6. Brooke @ The 13th

    January 10, 2012

    Brittany, these are fantastic! So glad you made a smaller version to share. I can totally see these in all sorts of shapes, too. Great DIY, thanks!

  7. debbie

    January 10, 2012

    so happy and adorable! Love them. They would be perfect for a party…or I’d love to have them in my room!

  8. Megan

    January 10, 2012

    Lovely! Kathmandu is filled with beautiful colors and inspiration like that. I loved it when I was there this summer, I can’t wait to go back!

  9. jeni

    January 10, 2012

    yet another awesome party tutorial! thank you much!

  10. FestivePartyGirl

    January 10, 2012

    This is a great DIY project. I love the colors you chose and can envision these in so many different color schemes.

  11. Marie

    January 10, 2012

    Very cute and colorful! :) I can see these hanging over a decorated table with some finger foods & goodies. :)

  12. Alexa

    January 10, 2012

    Oh wow…just looking at these makes me happy. Perfect for a little girls room!

  13. Kate @

    January 10, 2012

    These are so fantastically versatile! Endless combo scheme possibilities. I am tempted to make some with newsprint.

  14. Kendall

    January 10, 2012

    These are fantastic! I love them for party decorations.

  15. Li

    January 11, 2012

    Love nepal! :)

  16. Lissa (Bellenza)

    January 11, 2012

    Now THAT is truly festive! Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration!

  17. katie m

    January 11, 2012

    unrelated…but i want that hair cut!!! right click.. save image… đŸ˜‰

    kate xo

  18. Meant4amoment

    January 11, 2012

    oh how perfect for a summer wedding!

  19. Carol

    January 11, 2012

    Amaze gorgeous and easy to do it ….. love this party project .

  20. Jessica

    January 11, 2012

    This kind of reminds me of a deconstructed pinata =]

  21. Step Ladders

    January 16, 2012

    They look amaziing. It’s one to build with the kids I think.

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