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Paper Net Garland DIY

Aren’t vintage craft books the best? Some of the projects can be a bit outdated but you can find some real gems as well! This garland was inspired by Christmas tree decorations in an old Girl Scout craft book that I was thrilled to get my hands on. They’re so easy to whip up and you likely already have all the supplies.

Paper Net Garland DIY | Oh Happy Day!Paper Net Garland DIY | Oh Happy Day!Paper Net Garland DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Paper, scissors, glue stick, ruler, bone folder (optional)

Step 1: Cut your paper into a narrow strip – ours was 3 1/2″ by 12″ but you can play around with different widths.
Step 2: Fold the paper in half lengthwise – a bone folder will help you get a nice clean fold.
Step 3: Use your scissors to make cuts 1/2″ apart on alternating edges of the paper leaving 1/2″ of the width uncut.
Step 4: Continue this process for the entire length. When done, gently unfold the paper  and carefully flatten the centre crease.
Step 5: Repeat this process as many times as you like! To make a longer garland, simply use a glue stick to attach the ends of two garlands together.
Step 6: For a wider version of this garland, cut a piece of paper 6″ by 12″. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and then in half lengthwise again.
Step 7: As before, make snips 1/2″ apart and repeat for the entire length.
Step 8: Gently unfold and flatten the garland in the same way. Use small pieces of washi tape to attach the ends of the garland to your walls.

Paper Net Garland | Oh Happy Day!Paper Net Garland | Oh Happy Day!

  1. Jesse

    February 12, 2014

  2. Nina

    February 12, 2014

    What a fun idea! I love garlands, particularly cool looking one’s that are easy to make!

    Thank you!

  3. Casey @ The Maine Mrs.

    February 12, 2014

    This is amazing and so easy! I will definitely be making these for my next party. Thanks!

  4. Danielle

    February 12, 2014

    These are perrrfect for my next party! Thanks!!!!

  5. Kristen

    February 12, 2014

    What an AWESOME idea! Thanks for posting! Ha and thanks for including step-by-step pics, might not have fully understood otherwise. 😉

  6. Carly

    February 12, 2014

    Very cool, and it seems easy enough! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Laura

    February 12, 2014

    This looks so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Giovanna

    February 12, 2014

    Absolutely brilliant! You are an endless source of inspiration and joy! Thanx :)

  9. Sarah

    February 12, 2014

    Love that you found it in an old book! It reminds me of honeycomb decorations, but looks much easier to make. Am going to make some now and put a few little hearts on them for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the idea!

  10. STEL Style

    February 12, 2014

    i love it, easy an original

  11. Melissa Tedesco

    February 12, 2014

    Another great idea! I might just try this out for my son’s first birthday party. I already am planning on using some other DIYs you have published. Thanks!

  12. Anna

    February 12, 2014

    BOOM! This former girl scout just made some in her cubicle. Thanks!

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  13. chloe

    February 12, 2014

    What a cute idea! It also looks super simple which gives it extra points in my book 😉

  14. Andrea Shepherd

    February 12, 2014

    I love paper decorations! These seem sleek and simple. I will have to try.

  15. Rebecca

    February 12, 2014

    I love this! It’s so gorgeous and would be amazing to have a rainbow of these garlands up for a party! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Kim Byers from The Celebration Shoppe

    February 13, 2014

    Darling paper garland! Great tutorial, too!

  17. Stephanie

    February 13, 2014

    This garland is adorable!!

  18. christamae

    February 13, 2014

    Oh my gosh. I love love love these. Will definitely have to make!!

  19. alice

    February 13, 2014

    wow, what fun! I feel as if i might get myself confused but i may have to give it a try!

  20. Katie Meyers

    February 13, 2014

    Love this! So clever!

  21. lyndsay // coco cake land

    February 13, 2014

    super cute! great colours too, kathleen – love it against that green background!

  22. Evei

    February 14, 2014

    Oh, I just love this. Perfect colors!

  23. A Feteful Life

    February 15, 2014

    LOVE! I don’t remember doing anything like this in Girl Scouts!

  24. Traci

    February 22, 2014

    So fun, and it looks easy. Bookmarking this idea, too. (I say “too” because it’s not the first time I’ve done that here.)

  25. Paulette Leto

    February 25, 2014

    Great find! This makes me want to check out some DIY craft books at the library and see if they have any cool vintage ideas like that.

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