diy crepe paper garland {a tutorial}

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Crepe paper and I are becoming fast friends. From my crepe paper backdrop to my post on 25 crepe paper crafts, I’m realizing how versatile and fun crepe paper can be. And, of course, the addition of fringe is just icing on the cake.

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-Crepe Paper Roll (isn’t this polka dot one I found adorable?!)
-Sewing Machine (or double-sided tape-I won’t tell)
– Foam Letters

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Step 1: Take your crepe paper, and cut 4-5 lengths that are 6′ long. I’m choosing to make a 6′ garland, but obviously you can make this garland as long or short as you’d like.

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Step 2: Stack your crepe paper lengths on top of each other, and, using your sewing machine, sew down the length of your strips (I used a 1/4″ seam allowance).

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Step 3: When you’re done, you’ll have this.

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Step 4: Using your scissors, carefully cut slits in your sewn crepe paper (being careful not to snip through your stitches!) Separate your strips of crepe paper to make your garland fuller and add some dimension.

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Step 5: Add any embellishments (I used foam letters to spell out “SHINE”, hang your garland, and admire…

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Curious about the other two garlands? The top one is just different sizes of kraft paper sewn together, and the bottom is my glitter and watercolor confetti garland. So easy!

easy crepe paper backdrop


Late in June I shared my Fourth of July tablescape with you all, and wanted to circle back to go more in-depth with one aspect of the decor–my easy crepe paper backdrop. Not only does this technique make a cute table backdrop, but it’s also great for photo backdrops!

crepe paper

Now, obviously, I used red, white and blue crepe paper, but you can use any colors (I think 3 colors is best) to coordinate with your event. Here’s the easy how-to:

crepe paper rolls

crepe paper

Step 1: Take your crepe paper and cut into lengths approx. 4″ long. I cut three lengths at once to make the work go a little faster:) Once you have your pieces cut, use your scissors to trim the bottoms at an angle.

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crepe paper

Keep going until you have about a million of these pieces cut. Just kidding. You only need about half a million :)

Now, take two pieces of crepe paper (alternating colors), place them so that the short end of each piece is facing the inside, and tape to the wall.

backdrop idea

Start at the bottom, and place each subsequent row about a couple inches above the one below it.

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Keep going until you’re happy with your backdrop, and that’s it!

july fourth backdrop

I love super simple, easy backdrop ideas that give maximum impact to your event or tablescape.

What easy backdrop ideas do you use and love?

25 favorite crepe paper tutorials

Hello, lovely readers! For this week’s crafty compilation, I’m sharing some of my favorite tutorials using a craft medium that’s inexpensive, readily available, and so much fun–I’m talking about crepe paper!

darling decor

pretty party backdrop via glorious treats 

colorful rainbow wreath via fiskars
sewn party streamers via my paper crane
fringey streamers via oh happy day
crepe paper twine tutorial via cut out + keep
easy halloween wreath via country living
dots garland via oh happy day
ruffled gift wrap via lorajean’s magazine
holiday bells via martha stewart
modern lanterns via project wedding
spring wreath via house of smiths
lots of crepe paper wedding details via design sponge
diy medallions via once wed

fabulous flowers

flower bouquet via the bride’s cafe 

scalloped flowers via lisa pace
hanging roses tutorial via the house of smiths
ruffled flowers tutorial via today’s fabulous finds
mini roses via filth wizardry
simple orange flowers via how about orange
multiple flower tutorials via martha stewart weddings
peonies tutorial via dear lillie
oversized flowers via martha stewart
flower garland via hip hip hooray
flower lampshade via counting it all joy
glittered flowers via artful affirmations

What’s your favorite way to use crepe paper? I’d love to know!