DIY Scrap Paper Garland

Maddie has grown up so fast and is now entering the little girl stage (sob), so I wanted to start incorporating some new colors into her room to make it less babyish. There is a lot of light pink and white already, so I picked some pretty blues and greens out of my ever-growing paper scrap collection and made a super simple paper garland. I think it’s a good start!


  • Scrapbook paper in coordinating colors/patterns
  • Thin twine (found in the gift wrap section at Michael’s)
  • Scrapbook Punch (I used one with a scalloped edge and a smaller circle, but you can always just cut them out by hand, old school)
  • Glue

Use your scrapbook punches to make several circles of various sizes and colors. This was so easy, Maddie helped me. Seriously.

Set the punched paper circles out so you know what you have and decide what kind of a pattern you want to use for your garland. I ended up alternating the cut outs by big-small-big-small, but you can really do whatever you want and it will still turn out to be quite adorable. (My OCD took control in the above photo. You really don’t have to stack them in neat little piles… Don’t mind me.)

For each little piece, you’re going to need two matching circles. You simply sandwich the twine between the two cut outs and hold them together with a dab of glue in the center. I really hope that makes sense. It’s a lot easier to do than it is to explain!

Keep sandwiching and gluing until your garland has reached the desired length. Voila!

Tack it to a plain wall for some added cheer, hang it above your bed, use it to wrap a gift, drape several strands across the ceiling to decorate for a party… and on and on and on. Have fun with it!

Butterfly in the Sky…

Oh my gosh, I completely forgot that song existed until I was trying to think of a title for this post. Reading Rainboooooooow, good times.

Now that I got that out of my system… A PROJECT!

After being so heavily inspired by these Recycled Magazine Collages, I wanted to make something similar for my craft area (which I’m DYING to show you, but it’s not quite finished). Instead of taking five years to pick out magazine pages to use, I opted for a few sheets from my gargantuan paper collection.

Forgive the imperfections. As I was cutting out these little suckers, American Idol was on in the background. I kept looking up at the tv and criticizing the contestants and had to remind myself that, OH! You have a pair of sharp scissors in your hand!

I may have maimed a few butterflies in the process.