Paper flower garlands can be easy to make and are the perfect backdrop for any occasion.
The trick to easy paper flower garlands is designing the foliage and paper flowers so that it minimizes assembly work.
I manage to create a vine like leaf design that you can just twist around a ribbon, string or even floral wire without having to attache every single piece.
I also used my rolled paper flower designs to make 2-3 inch wide 3D flowers that were the perfect accent on this vine.
There is really no need to pay for overpriced garlands when you can just customize your own to fit your decor needs.
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Materials for DIY paper flower garland
Paper – I would recommend copy paper for garlands. They are stiff enough to cut but lightweight enough to hang. Hammermill makes them in a variety of colors. You could get away with medium weight cardstock which is what I used in the photo but you might have to do a little more to secure the flowers. Here are some of my favorite cardstock brands:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Hot Glue Gun – You will need to glue the rolled flowers to its base and then all the flowers and vines to the ribbon or string.
String, Ribbon or Floral wire – I actually used a ribbon here and was able to staple all the piece on which made it go even faster.
Paper flower garland template – The full set of rolled paper flowers along with the vines and leaves are available for free in both SVG and printable formats in my resource library.
Paper flower garland tutorial
First, cut out all the piece either by hand or with a cutting machine.
To make a 2 to 3 inch flower, I sized the rolled flower template to about 8 inches wide. This fits perfectly on letter-sized paper so you can make about 1 flower per sheet.
If you cutting this using a Cricut, I recommend a fresh light grip mat. It makes clean up a lot easier and goes so fast.
First attach the vines to the ribbon or string. They are curved so I just intertwine the ribbon with the vine and attach both ends with either glue or a staple.
Next, start rolling your flower cutouts with the outer most end. I like to start the roll and pin the center with a paper clip but that part is optional.
Create a tight roll but let it out a bit after applying glue to the base tab. A looser rolled flower looks better in garlands.
Press the spiral petal down on the base for 10 seconds and it should be set.
Attach the flowers to the vine either with a glue gun or staples and you’re all set!