DIY Flower Paper Garland

Hello! I am so excited to share this project with you today! This adorable DIY flower paper garland is one of my favorite new projects. Since we have been stuck inside so much lately with the global Covid19 pandemic, I was looking for a way to bring a little bit of sunshine and joy into our small apartment in New York City. And I am quite pleased with how it turned out! Every time I look into that corner of my apartment I can’t help but smile. Mission accomplished.

I am definitely not the first one to come up with the idea of a paper flower garland. But I think sometimes we just need a little reminder that something like this that is easy to make with the supplies that we have on hand. It is the perfect afternoon project.

Here are some tips that I discovered along the way making this adorable DIY flower paper garland.

 

Tip#1: Decide where to hang the paper flower garland

I knew that I wanted to hang this garland in my living room. It wasn’t a hard decision, there are only so many options in a small one-bedroom apartment. Haha! After I knew where I wanted it to go, I chose colors that would go well with my living room wall color. As for my inspiration, I love Marimekko bold use of colors and flower silhouettes. 

Tip #2: Trace a bowl or plate to use as size guides 

My garland has two different sizes of flowers, large and small. But I wanted each flower template to be about the same size, so I used two different sized bowls to be my size guides. Then I drew my flowers within those circles. This helps with the overall consistency of size for your garland.

Tip #3: Punch two holes in the center of the flower

Punching the holes in the center of the flower will help to equalize the weight of the paper on the twine. And that helps your flowers to stay put. Also, make sure that your holes aren’t too close together so they don’t rip through the paper!

Below is my step by step guide for how I made this adorable DIY flower paper garland including a step by step video! I hope this helps in your creative process as you make your very own DIY flower paper garland!

Have fun and be creative!

xo

Emily

PS- If you liked this project, I bet you will love this one too!

Yield: Paper Flower Garland

Paper Flower Garland

Paper Flower Garland

Bring a little bit of joy into your life with this adorable paper flower garland. This is the perfect creative activity when you have paper, glue and a bit of twine, ribbon or string. Perfect project for an afternoon!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 51 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Estimated Cost Free! Use what you have!

Materials

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Twine, string or ribbon
  • pen or pencil
  • glue or tape

Tools

  • hole punch
  • *if you don't have a hold punch handy, poking a whole with a pen or pencil will do:)

Instructions

  1. Find inspiration for your flowers. You could find inspiration anywhere! Outside, in a book or magazine, and online!
  2. Draw your flowers within the circle guide and cut them out. These will be your templates
  3. Trace flower templates onto brightly colored paper and try to fit as many flowers onto the sheets as possible
  4. Cut out all of your flower shapes
  5. Decorate your flowers! I used pattern papers for the middles. But you could use markers, paint, stickers. Use your creativity here!
  6. Punch two holes in the center of the flowers
  7. Thread the twine, string or ribbon through the flowers
  8. Hang your Garland!

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