Folded paper garland

I‘ve been making these colourful paper garlands to brighten up our new home. They are really easy and very inexpensive. All you need are some long strips of paper and a few dabs of glue.

Folded paper garland

If you stick or draw some eyes on the end they also make great paper snakes/catterpillars. My three year old even managed to make his own snake (with a little guidance).

Folded paper garland

Click on the link below for a step by step tutorial.

Folded paper garland

Step by step

1. First of all you need to create some very long strips of paper. I only had A5 paper so cut four strips from each sheet of paper (for this step-by-step I only used two of each colour). The strips were 3.5cm wide by 21cm long. You can cut the strips as wide as you want – I just thought 3.5cm was a nice size!

Step 1

2. I then glued the shorter strips together to form two long ‘rainbow’ strips.

Step 2

3. Glue the end of the first strip to the end of the second strip at a 90° angle.

Step 3

4. Fold the vertical strip down and crease.

Step 4

5. Fold the horizontal strip across and crease.

Step 5

6. Fold the vertical strip up and crease.

7. Continue folding the horizontal and vertical strips in the same manner until you run out of paper (at which point you can glue the ends together or you can add more strips of paper to make the garland longer).

Hope this makes sense. Leave a comment if you run into problems!

31 thoughts to “Folded paper garland”

  1. Thanks Erin – hope you have a bash.

    Hi twolittleseeds. The paper was just a spiral bound A5 pad from Paperchase. Nothing fancy. I’m just a bit of a sucker for beautiful bright colours!

  2. This is so lovely and simple! I went and bought a packet of colored office paper yesterday so I can do this with my older son today.


  3. Used to make these with the perforated margins that we had to pull off of computer paper, but yours is soooo much prettier!

  4. I used to make caterpillars like this when I was in elementary school but your colors are beautiful and I love the long chains!! My girls would love making this : )

  5. These are lovely :). My children and I are doing a Spongebob tree this Christmas – this garland will fit the tropical theme perfectly (plus, I’ll get to use up some of my paper scraps lol)! Thanks for posting this idea!

  6. Hi! Thanks,I did this and it turned out amazing. Now i am planning to put it on a little box so when you open it, the snake pops out! 😀

  7. renkleri o şekilde dizdiğinizde sonuç aynı mı oluyor yani renkler denk geliyor mu ? bu arada tebrikler çok güzel olmuş ben 8. sınıfa gidiyorum ve tasarım dersinde bunu yapacağım 😀

  8. Does it mean the same way dizdiğinizde Colors Colors equivalent to the result coming? Congratulations, by the way I have been very nice 8 I’m going to class, I’ll do that and design course

  9. made these shorter glued eyes on top put a red square in one corner and added feathers did smaller garland for legs some ancient bird

  10. Hi! I made this with one strip being flower printed gift wrap and the other a solid purple that was in the print. Used it to decorate for an 80 year olds birthday and everyone was stunned how well it turned out! Thank you for reminding me how to do this! It was the topic of conversation all night! Little crafts that the 70 and 80 year olds did in school and sunday school. Awesome night and just the simpliest thing to make! So many smiles and good memories. Thanks again B )

  11. I really liked this and Im doing it but is there a video for building it? And if I fold vertical and horizontal at the end it will surely look like in the images?

  12. I just did it and its really fun to do it, even though a little long but at the end it looks beautiful. I did it of 21 cm long and I pasted each strip to one another 1 cm so they were 20 cm but its really good. Thank you a lot !!!!!!!!

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