Monday, July 21, 2014

Accordion Fold Paper Garland Tutorial

Accordion fold paper garland tutorial from Craftiments

Today I want to share a quick tutorial for creating this delightful accordion fold paper garland. It's simple to make and easy to coordinate with your party theme. I love bright neon colors for summer and used Ultra Brite Hue papers from JAM Paper & Envelope.

  • brightly colored, 8.5" x 11" copy paper
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • ruler
  • glue stick


Cut strips of paper that are 1 inch wide and 11 inches long.

paper strips

Glue the ends of two contrasting paper strips together at right angles.

paper strips glued at right angles

Fold the bottom strip over the top strip, making sure they remain perpendicular. Crease the fold. Continue criss-crossing bottom over the top, keeping the strips at right angles to each other.

criss cross accordion fold

When you reach the ends of the strips, leave a 1" overhang, trimming if necessary.

trim the ends

Glue another paper strip to each of the two ends, overlapping by 1 inch.

glue paper strips

Continue folding and adding strips until the garland reaches the desired length. Glue the ends together...

accordion fold paper garland

... and it's ready to display.

Accordion fold paper party garland tutorial by Craftiments

They fold up quite nicely for storage. This is a 10 foot long garland! Wouldn't it be fun to include one of these garlands in a birthday party care package for someone who can't be home on their special day?

garland folded up

Alas, we don't have any birthdays to celebrate, but my girls were long overdue for some portraits and I used my garland to add a splash of color to the photo backdrop.

Disclosure:  The paper for this project was provided by JAM Paper & Envelope. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I like this project. I Google +'d it.

  2. This is such an awesome DIY project, I love how simple it is! Stopping by to say hi from no rules weekend blog hop.

    A Joyful Kind of Life

  3. These look adorable! The bright colors really stand out. What perfect party decorations! Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  4. This is so pretty! Thanks so much for linking on Monday!

  5. Thank you again Kirstin, this is such a cool craft!

  6. Hi Kristen! I love how easy this banner is, perfect for any get together.
    I just restarted my Make it Monday Party
    and would love for you to stop by and share your project. Hope to see there!

  7. I love the colorful garland....thanks for sharing it with us at Make It Monday!

  8. So cute. How many strips did you use for the 10 foot garland?

  9. These are perfect for keeping my son engaged for a while. Thanks for sharing.