Make Your Own: 3 – Paper Garlands

Anastasia Bow-Bertrand 30 January 2014

The upcoming Chinese New Year has found me trawling through photos of globe lanterns to bring you a suitably themed craft. The result is this definitive guide to making a gorgeous DIY garland, inspired by Use old atlases if you want to string up some wanderlust, or equine patterns in honour of the year of the horse, or opt for a star print to bring the night sky into your university dwelling.

Difficulty: 2/5
Total Creative Time: 2 hours

Shopping List:

  • Hemp twine or string
  • Origami squares (both from
  1. Decide on the size of your garland. I made twenty origami globes out of 10 x 10 cm and 12 x 12 cm paper squares.
  2. Fold each square both ways diagonally (valley folds). Open up.
  3. Fold horizontally, open, then vertically, creating mountain folds.
  4. Crease folds together to create a 3D cross shape. Flatten into a triangle.
  5. Take bottom right hand point and fold up to the top.
  6. Repeat with the bottom left hand point, then flip over and repeat process.
  7. Fold side points into medial line.
  8. Flip over and repeat process.
  9. Fold the top point in half, then in half again, and push the flap into the centre pocket. Press flat.
  10. Repeat on the other side.
  11. Blow into the hole – globe pops up.
  12. Repeat all steps until you have as many globes as desired. Thread onto string using a needle. Leave two inches between each, tying a double knot either side of the globes to secure them.

Check out last week's installment for a guide on making your own drink stoppers!