I have fallen in love with paper garlands.
I can’t really put my finger on why I love them but I do. They are so festive yet unobtrusive. They are happy and fun. And as an added bonus, they are so simple to make. Oh, and the options are endless. I want one in every color scheme and I want to hang them everywhere I can.
You need one for your home. You really do. And this is how you do it.
Pick your colors and type of paper. For our Halloween garland, I used seven pieces of 12×12 inch cardstock though non-cardstock paper works too. I picked varying hues of orange and black, a couple with metallic finishes and a few with polka dots.
I used my Cricut machine to cut out two sizes of circles: 2 inch and 1 1/2 inch diameter. The seven sheets of cardstock made enough circles to make a long, long, long garland. No Cricut? There are circle punches too, available online and in craft stores.
Once the circles are cut, fire up the sewing machine. With a running stitch, sew them all together, one after another. You can leave a gap between each one or not. I used a denim needle for the extra strength. I’m not sure it’s necessary but with the cardstock, I felt like I should.
For more fun, you can make a stack of three circles and add that in. When the garland is finished, fold the circles on the stitching line and it makes a little ball.
Then hang them up.
Lay underneath them and stare. It’s very calming.
It will give you time to think what colors to use in your next garland. :)