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.
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).
Click on the link below for a step by step tutorial.
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!
2. I then glued the shorter strips together to form two long ‘rainbow’ strips.
3. Glue the end of the first strip to the end of the second strip at a 90° angle.
4. Fold the vertical strip down and crease.
5. Fold the horizontal strip across and crease.
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!