How-To: Make Garlands For Grown-Up Homes


I have fond memories of pasting together rings of construction paper with my brothers and sisters, assembling paper ring garlands for holidays and parties. While my childhood garlands were eclectic mixes of color and width for each ring, these paper ring garlands have left a lot of the childishness behind. I love how festive they make the space look, in part because they are strung at great heights and lengths across the room.

For tips on making your own grown-up garlands, and to see this garland’s expansive use of space, read more.


  • Keep your garlands relegated to a single color. Avoid typical colors for holidays: No browns and oranges for Thanksgiving, and avoid red and green for Christmas. Instead, try an icicle blue for Winter holidays, or a rich maroon for Thanksgiving.
  • To make a statement, increase the scale of your garland. Take a cue from this photo and string your garlands in chandelier-like hangings from a center spot on a ceiling, and reaching to each corner of the room.
  • For an eco approach, recycle used magazines or papers for your rings. You can relegate them to a single color palette, or simply choose papers with words, no images, for a more typographical approach.
  • Make it into a family affair: with supplies for everyone, this is a project that everyone can enjoy, and it provides a fun activity for visiting family members in need of something to do.
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