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4th of July Fiesta Garland DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Fiesta! Forever! for Fourth of July! Perfect for an outdoor barbecue to celebrate our country’s birthday – a fiesta-inspired red, white, and blue paper garland. They look so pretty with the sun shining through the tissue paper and the fringe waving in the wind. Get ready to party all night long!

4th of July Fiesta Garland DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: tissue paper in reds, pinks, whites and blues, string, glue and scissors.

Step 1: Begin by separating the tissue paper into two sheets. Then cut out rectangles approx. 18 inches x 8 inches, so when it’s folded in half, you have a four-layer rectangle approx. 9 inches x 8 inches. This is by no means an exact science, so any size would work, really.

Step 2: Repeat step 1 until you have used all your colors and have a nice little pile of light blue, dark blue, red, dark red, pink, and white pieces.  I made about 6 or 7 rectangles of each color I had.

Step 3: Unfold your rectangle, and draw a line of glue across the center. Lay your string across the glue, fold the tissue paper over it, and press down with your fingers to seal the fold. Don’t run your glue line to and from the very edge of the tissue paper, rather, leave a little space so when you press your fold over, no glue squirts out the sides.

Step 4: Move your glued piece to the side and continue glueing and folding until you have the length you want.

Step 5. Let dry. This shouldn’t take too long – maybe a few hours, or overnight.

Step 6: Stack a few rectangles on top of each other, grasp firmly in your hand, and cut fringe.

Step 7: Unfurl, hang and enjoy!

Happy 4th, everybody!

  1. Aline

    June 28, 2012

    Hi Jordan!
    I was reading your old posts from your life in Paris and I just noticed you speak portuguese. I speak portuguese too (obvious, because I’m from Brazil) and my english is not so bad at all. To be sincere, I’ve never go abroad and as I’m still young (25 years) and not married, I think it’s the right time to experience that feeling. You’re inspiring me to finally do it! I’m an ad writer and I don’t think it’s a good deal to work with that in a foreign country, What do you think about it?
    Anyway I’m just curious about why the interesting of learning portuguese? What was your inspiring point?
    ps: I love your blog and your family looks so lovely. Actually, your life is pretty charming!

  2. Janae @ Bring-Joy

    June 28, 2012

    Eeck, don’t you hate spammy comments?

    I love this homemade garland–something my kids could help me make. I appreciate the quick & easy, no-brainer, pretty crafts as I’m strapped for time, so thank you Jordan.

  3. gina

    June 28, 2012

    This is lovely! Lovely decorations…thanks for the idea!

  4. Tara Johnson

    June 28, 2012

  5. so fun, and if you stored carefully, could maybe be used again?

  6. Natosha Stodolny

    June 29, 2012

    What a wonderful idea! Very festive for the upcoming holiday. It’s always nice to see clever DIY projects, I love crafts. Great job!


  7. Anne

    June 29, 2012

    What do you mean? I’m not seeing any “spammy” comments.

      • jordan
      • June 29, 2012

      I deleted them. 🙂

  8. Gina

    June 29, 2012

    Where do you buy your crepe paper? You use so much in your projects, especially the large garlands that I wonder if you have a source to buy a lot at a low price?

  9. Belle of the Ball Events

    June 29, 2012

    What a great, easy and affordable way to decorate. I pinned a pic to my 4th of July Pinterest board. This would work great with a lot of my other ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Maria

    June 29, 2012

    Super cute! I also love the red and blue flowers on the table!


  11. Heather

    June 29, 2012

    What a cute idea! I’d also like to know where to get a lot of tissue paper at a reasonable cost.

  12. Sarah C.

    June 29, 2012

    Stinkin’ cute!

  13. chiara

    June 29, 2012

    Hi there – I usually get my tissue paper at the dollar store. Jordan did a post about crepe paper here:

    thanks for your comments! -chiara

  14. KATIE

    June 29, 2012



  15. Fun Fun

    June 29, 2012

    I love this! Such an easy way to add some flare to a party without going over board and over budget! thanks!

  16. Laura

    June 30, 2012

    Hi Jordan! I mentioned your blog in a post yesterday!

    It is

    Please, feel free to comment if you want!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  17. maria

    July 2, 2012

    Cute and easy idea!! Thanks!!!

  18. christine

    July 2, 2012

    perfect!! i was just trying out some homemade pom pom’s this weekend for my upcoming 4th of july party. THANK YOU!! 🙂 adorable! love your website 🙂

  19. Andrea

    July 2, 2012

    Perfect idea, Thanks!

  20. sarah jane

    July 3, 2012

    i LOVE fringe tissue paper garland. i made some for my daughter’s birthday party last year. it’s been one of my favorite decorations thus far! you can see it here. and i used fringe on the invites too:

  21. Carley

    July 4, 2012

    That’s great!Wonderful decoration!
    Great idea!

  22. Nicole

    July 5, 2012

    I made this garland yesterday to string on my patio for the 4th. It was perfect. I was low on time though and instead of glue, I just used 3 staples along the top of each flag. Once it was hung up you couldn’t even see the staples. Thanks for the great idea.

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