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Paper Dots Garland

Here is a little fun party garland made out of my favorite material: crepe paper. I was playing around with it for a different project and loved how these looked like kind of like candy, or else like little polka dots or beads. They’re so sweet. It’s a pretty simple project, all you need is a pair of scissors and crepe paper folds. That’s it!

Click through for directions and more photos.

Materials Needed: Crepe Paper Folds and Scissors

Step 1: Cut off a 1.5″ piece off a fold of crepe paper
Step 2: Grab the end section. Hold the paper still with one hand while twisting the paper two times with the other. The paper will fold around your fingers. Give a quick pinch to the fold to flatten and shape each little section.
Step 3: Repeat as evenly as you can. Et voilà you’re done. Now eat a donut.

Notes: This is easy but each garland took me about five minutes to make, so if you are making a lot I would turn on a nice long tv show while you work. I tried with a bigger thickness of paper but the “beads” didn’t come out as consistent. Another variation is taking two different colored strips and twisting them together. This creates a two-toned streamer that also feels a bit heavier than the ones pictured here.

  1. Amanda Jane Jones

    April 10, 2012

    SUCH a clever idea. love it.

  2. Dominique

    April 10, 2012

    You AMAZE me with your creative mind! I hope to be like you someday!!

  3. andrea nicole

    April 10, 2012

    so cute! i really like this idea. brings a whole new texture!

  4. Julie [FerociousOstrich]

    April 10, 2012

    This is such a nice idea–a really fresh way to decorate with crepe paper.

  5. Jann

    April 10, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this simple & pretty craft idea! I especially like the mint color paper.

  6. Nassari

    April 10, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this cool idea! Will have to try it this summer!

  7. jillian

    April 10, 2012

    what a great idea, pretty and easy. now i just need an occasion to decorate for!


  8. Uncle Beefy

    April 10, 2012

    So simple, so sweet, such GREAT effect! Love it! :)

  9. Helen

    April 10, 2012

    I love how simple and pretty these are

  10. jessica

    April 10, 2012

    goodness! this is both brilliant and pretty. totally looks like candy. thank you fro sharing. i am swooning with delight here.

  11. Danielle-Cutie Putti Paperie

    April 10, 2012

    Where can I purchase crepe paper folds in nice colors? Some websites I found only sell it in basic colors :-( I love this idea Im definitely using it for my next party photo shoot!

  12. Rebekka

    April 10, 2012

    I’ve been seeing a lot of gorgeous doughnuts on a lot of blogs lately. I think someone’s trying to tell someone (me) something!

  13. Verena

    April 10, 2012

    I love all kinds of dots! Thanks for sharing this great and simple idea!

    Have a wonderful day!

  14. Emily @clementinestore

    April 10, 2012

    the colors and textures here are scrumptious! I have a 7 month old whose primary interest is eating paper, so this idea is currently out of reach for me, but maybe by his 1st birthday…

  15. paola@love+cupcakes

    April 10, 2012

    Incredible! I love this so much! Thank you for sharing such a fun and simple little diy!

  16. Amanda

    April 10, 2012

    This is such a neat idea! I am going to try and do it for my little girl’s 1 year old birthday party. Thank you for sharing!

    ox, amanda

  17. Sarah

    April 10, 2012

    Definitely adding this to my collection of party idea. Genius!

    A Girl In Transit

  18. Angie

    April 10, 2012

    I love how your shirt stripes match the donut stripes. Tee hee!

  19. Weiß Magazin

    April 10, 2012

    Wow. I love this DIY as all of yours. I just found your blog and am excited. So nice!

  20. Rachel

    April 10, 2012

    Everything you do is SO COOL!! I love your blog and all the crepe paper crafts!! This is beautiful, can’t wait to fill my dorm with dot garlands!!!

  21. Jenny

    April 10, 2012

    that looks so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  22. amber

    April 10, 2012

    These are so YUMMY looking! What a great idea!

  23. Desiree

    April 10, 2012

    I love these idea… so simple to make but so darn cute!
    Thank you for sharing!

  24. Notes from Holly St.

    April 10, 2012

    What a great idea! And it’s much simpler to do than I thought. Thanks for the tip!

  25. nicole hill gerulat

    April 10, 2012

    DEF my favorite project of yours, Jordan –you’ll be seeing copycats everywhere now! Call me when you’re back –we should collaborate at least once. I’m there monthly.

  26. Aca

    April 10, 2012

    Wow. I really love it (:

  27. Lauren

    April 10, 2012

    This DIY project is such a great way to add color to any party or event decor. Love the crepe paper texture as it gives the garland that handcrafted touch. Love it!

  28. sparkle and co

    April 10, 2012

    Original!!! Your blog is so inspiring!!!

  29. Jillian {Her Split Ends}

    April 10, 2012

    Such a great and inexpensive project!! Love it…thanks for sharing!!

    ~ Jillian

  30. Amy Pasos

    April 10, 2012

    Great idea. So lovely! =)

  31. BluePenguin

    April 10, 2012

    What a wonderful idea! :)

  32. Angela

    April 10, 2012

    Thank you. I am planning a candyland party for my daughter’s 6th birthday, and this is perfect. I love crepe paper because it’s cheap and in every color, One more decor item [check}!!!

  33. Blake Reynolds

    April 10, 2012

    SO precious and such a fresh look for decorations. Cant wait to try it for summer parties! Thanks for the post!

    Blake Reynolds

  34. Robync

    April 10, 2012

    I can’t wait to make these for my baby’s first birthday I love them!!!

  35. Candace Prokopets

    April 11, 2012

    So much fun! I just love Oh Happy Day’s colorful ideas! Thank you for constantly inspiring us.

  36. Simply Peachy

    April 11, 2012

    Love it! Super fun and cute!

  37. Rosie

    April 12, 2012

    Hey Jordan, This is super cute. Hope you don’t mind, I shared this on y blog (with proper credit, of course!) Cheers, Rosie

  38. Mrs Average Bride

    April 12, 2012

    Oooo I love the polka dot background!

  39. JaneEllen Jones

    April 13, 2012

    Crepe paper can be found at $tree, usually 2for $1, colors are – take your chances what they have at the time. The rolls are usually 1 3/4″ wide. That garland couldn’t be easier, just a little hand dexterity. I was thinking of stamping on the strip to make different ones to put together for variety of looks depending on occasion garland used for. Thx so much for sharing. Glad I found your blog thru the Friday party.

  40. Nite Nite Mommy

    April 13, 2012

    So beautiful! It’s so easy too! I will for sure give this project a test run, before my party! Yay!

  41. Freya

    April 14, 2012

    You have the BEST DIY’s! I love them!

  42. Alison (Secondhand Fancy)

    April 14, 2012

    So cute, yet so easy! And perfect timing for my daughter’s birthday party tomorrow :)

  43. Krissy

    April 16, 2012

    Simple and lovely!

  44. Wedding dragees boxes

    April 19, 2012

    Thanks for the share of this great idea ! pretty and lovely !

  45. Eushi

    April 20, 2012

    So beautiful! I love your blog

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