If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I recently got some gorgeous rolls of premium crepe paper from Paper Mart. I’ve actually had a handful of projects I’ve wanted to tackle with crepe paper for a long time now, so I was thrilled to partner with Paper Mart to bring you this tutorial. This kind of crepe paper is a lot thicker than crepe paper streamers, but it does have a similar look and texture. It’s such a great material to use for party decorations, gift wrap, and backdrops, because it’s super cheap like tissue paper, but it also is easier to work with and has a little more thickness. I made a fun scalloped paper garland to hang in my office over my desk, and I’m planning on making a lot more for the next party I throw.
What you need to make a scalloped crepe paper garland:
- Premium Crepe Paper (I used Fuchsia and Hot Pink)
- Jute Cord (I used the hot pink 3 ply)
- Glue Dots (Because they’re the best!)
- Gold Sequin Ribbon (Optional but beautiful)
How to make a scalloped crepe paper garland
Step 1 – Decide how big you want your scallops to be. You could even mix a pattern of larger and smaller scallops together. You can use anything round as a template. I ended out using my jute cord spool and it was the perfect size. Then you can stack a few pieces of crepe paper on top of each other, or fold one piece in half twice. I found that it was hard to cut more than 4 layers at once. Trace your circle and cut it out.
Step 2 – Get out your jute cord, your crepe paper circles, and your glue dots. You could also use double sided tape or a hot glue gun. If you look at the crepe paper, you’ll see that the grain of the paper goes in one general direction. It will be easy to fold one way, and difficult the other.
Step 3 – Line up your crepe paper circles in the pattern that you want underneath the jute cord. Make sure that the grain of the paper is all going horizontally so that it’s easy to fold. Then put three glue dots on the bottom of the circles: one near the bottom middle, and one on each side right under where the circle will be folded in half. You want your adhesive to be close to the cord or the scallops will not be secure.
Step 4 – Keep adding circles until you are happy with the length of your garland. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out, and I want to make more. I think it would be very cute if you made a bunch of different solid colored strands of paper garland and then hung them all together on a wall. It would be such a cute photo booth backdrop.
I ended out hanging mine over my desk with a few strands of gold sequin ribbon that adds such a fun and sparkly touch.
Thanks Paper Mart for sponsoring this tutorial! As always all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own and I only work with brands that I love and that I honestly think you’ll love too. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Lines Across.