Here at Mishaps & Mimosas, a party isn't quite complete without a little glitter and a lot of gold, especially an Academy Awards party! While crafting up your own party decor can seem quite the chore (who has time??,) there are some pretty simple and inexpensive projects you can do that can easily lend a festive air to any event. Case in point: this lovely glitter paper garland, perfect for jazzing up a photo backdrop, food and drink displays, doorways, or any place you'd like a little pop of color and shimmer. With the right tools you can easily make this one-of-a-kind creation in an hour or less! The beauty of this paper garland DIY is that you can completely customize the color, size, and shape to suit your party or event theme and if stored neatly, they can be used time and time again. Or if you're like me you might just keep them hanging up forever!
DIY Glitter Paper Garland
You will need:
Colored and glittered cardstock- look in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store
Sturdy paper punch, any size or shape- I used a 1.5" circle punch
Coordinating colored thread
- Using your paper punch, punch out as many shapes from each sheet of paper as possible. This is a good time to put on some music and let any aggression out as you punch away at your paper sheets!
- Gather up your paper shapes by color and size and stack them up next to your sewing machine.
- Load up your desired colored thread into the machine and give yourself at least 6-12" of loose thread at the start. Consider how and where you're hanging/suspending your garland from to make sure you've given yourself enough thread at the beginning of the garland.
- Place your first paper shape on your sewing machine and begin to sew all the way through your shape. When you've reached the end of the shape grab another one and keep stitching away. To get a decently long garland without burning through all your paper shapes I like to leave a little bit of thread between each piece of paper. The beauty of these garlands is that there is no right or wrong way to go- they look best perfectly imperfect!
- Continue sewing in your paper shapes, mixing up the colors and shape combinations as you go along (if desired.) When you reach your desired length of garland let out another 6-12" of thread before cutting it off from the machine.
- Hang, drape, tape or tie your garlands wherever you'd like for an instant boost of color and glamour to your party decor!
- To store your garland, carefully gather up the paper shapes accordion-style and clip or band them together.