Decorating & Design

November 27, 2015

DIY: Festive Paper Garland

Designer Sarah Hartill shares step-by-step instructions on how to create a festive paper garland. 

DesignEd_Stock_2014_Sarah_0356_HH_JY14_19Set the tone for your holiday soiree with a standout paper garland strung on the stairs. It’s fun, festive and, most importantly, dead easy. Here’s how to do it:

3-d paper shapes


You’ll need 3-D paper shapes, fishing line, ribbon, and crepe paper.

Step 1: Pick Out Paper Shapes

Select four or five 3-D paper shapes in three or four colors. We used grey diamonds and globes, white globes and snowflakes, and gold and silver pompoms. The metallic tones add subtle shine (and could work as both Christmas and New Year’s decorations).

Tip: Mix geometric shapes with softer pompoms for a full, varied look.

Holiday Paper Honeycomb Garland

Step 2: Form Shapes And Tie To Banister

Take the paper shapes out of their packaging and unfold into 3-D forms. Attach each one to the outside of the banister with fishing line, which will disappear against the railing, placing larger shapes toward the treads. If you like, hang a second garland or just a few shapes over the stairs or on the wall opposite the banister to accent an architectural detail. Our snowflakes were too bulky to tie to the railing, so we hung them from the ceiling to soften a corner.

Step 3: Add Ribbon

Wind lengths of ribbon and crepe paper around the banister and newel post to cover any visible fishing line and add flowy texture. We used white satin ribbon and grey crepe paper that matched the railing and spindles for a hint of sheen, but you could use a brighter ribbon for a hit of color.

Author: Sarah Hartill

Ashley Capp and Valerie Wilcox


Diamond and globe decorations, Target; snowflake and pompom decorations, The Paper Place


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