How to Hang Paper Garlands

by Chelsea Fitzgerald
Paper doilies join together to make a Victorian-style paper garland.

Paper doilies join together to make a Victorian-style paper garland.

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Paper garlands are an inexpensive way to decorate for a special event, such as a birthday party or a holiday. Hanging paper garlands is not a difficult process but you must do it carefully because they are fragile and tear easily. Many people remember making paper garlands in elementary school out of construction paper strips to use as Christmas decorations. A wide variety of paper products are available to make decorative paper garlands, such as cupcake liners, paper doilies or colorful scrapbook paper, to work with any special occasion theme.

Items you will need

  • Cellophane or masking tape
  • Wire cutter
  • Florist wire
  • Clear pushpins
Step 1

Tape the paper garlands onto a wall with paneling with cellophane tape to create a draped look. Masking tape is effective in securing paper garlands to painted walls or ones with wallpaper. This allows you to remove them without ripping off the wallpaper or paint. Hang them in a horizontal line near the ceiling to act as a colorful border if you have enough garland to go around the room. Another option is to drape the garland in a swag effect behind a buffet table or other area to bring focus to the area.

Step 2

Wrap the paper garland around a column inside your home to add a festive ambiance to the special occasion. Use tape or pushpins to secure the top and bottom of the garland to hold it in place.

Step 3

Hang a paper garland on your Christmas tree to add color and texture to the design. Create a swag effect by draping the garland from one peak of a branch to another nearby branch and allowing it to droop down in between. Cut florist wire into 6-inch lengths with a pair of wire cutters. Use the florist wire to attach the paper garlands to the Christmas tree branches. The green color matches the branches and keeps the garland looking tidy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hang short paper garlands vertically from the ceiling with clear pushpins to add color and a magical effect to the room.
  • Don't tug or pull sharply on the paper garland when wrapping it around an object or hanging it because the garland may rip.

Photo Credits

  • Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images