I’m having a bit of a love affair with paper garlands lately (I made this one for Reed’s nursery). I love how creative you can get with paper. You can find such pretty patterns and colors and really customize it. This one is just too cute!!! Don’t worry – I’ll be back next week with an option for the little men in our lives.
FOR THIS PROJECT YOU WILL NEED:
1. Scrapbook paper (I purchased all the paper I used in this tutorial at my local Michael’s).
2. A glue gun
3. Paper glue
4. Thread or ribbon
6. Paper clips
7. Something to trace with
8. Bow template (not pictured) – download here
Download the template here. Cut out the shapes and trace them onto your scrapbook paper.
1. Each bow is made up of one hourglass shaped piece, one tab and two ribbon “tails”. You can get 2 bows out of a standard 8.5″x11″ piece of paper.
2 & 3. Dab some glue on reverse side of the center and end of your hourglass shape.
4 & 5. Bring the ends to the center, overlapping slightly to create your bow shape.
6. Secure with a paper clip while your glue dries
7. Put a dab of glue on the front side of one of your ribbon tails. Overlap them slightly. Set aside to dry.
8. Remove the paper clip from your bow and center it over the tab with overlapped piece facing up. Add a dab of glue to your tab and wrap around center of bow.
9. Place glue on front of ribbon tails and position it behind your bow. Secure the entire thing with a paper clip and set aside to dry.
11. Once your bow has set, remove the paper clip and use your finger to “fluff” the bow. You want the ends rounded and not flat.
Repeat these steps for as many bows as you need. I created 7 for my garland.
A mix of coordinating papers with some solids and some patterns looks best.
When using a pattern, it can be nice to add a solid tab to the bow’s center to break the pattern up a bit.
A gold bow never hurts!
12. Once you have all your bows created, lay them out how you want them to appear in your finished garland.
13. Flip them over. You’ll be gluing your ribbon/thread to the back side.
14. Place a bit of hot glue in the center of the bows back and lay your thread or ribbon down over the glue dot. Leave 12″ or so as a lead before you glue so you have something to tie your garland up with.
You’re done! I especially love how light the end result it – you can rest easy hanging this on the wall over a crib or a toddler’s bed. It would be adorable for a baby shower or a little girl’s birthday party!
This really does go quickly once you get the hang of making the bow. And then it’s totally addictive! I made a few, including this adorable lavender and pink one for a friend’s nursery. I’ll share some more of the details from her room next week!
How cute is that right? I’m giving away 5 of these pretties over on my Instagram. Follow me and check hashtag #honeyandfitzpaperbowgarland to get in on the fun.
And for all you boy mamas, don’t worry! I’ll be back next week with a similar project for all the little men in our lives.