DIY | Newspaper Garland

TEXT by Erin Boyle | PHOTOGRAPHS by Erin Boyle


I'm a big proponent of projects that don't take too much time to make. It's not that I don't appreciate the carefully wrought craft, but when I'm preparing for a festive gathering, I want things to look nice but I don't want to spend hour upon hour making that happen. Enter the garland. I know you've seen these before, but this paper version is super simple and ready in under a half hour.


I cut diamonds from newspaper so that I can fold them in half to create triangular pennants. You can cut all of your diamonds from the same page, or do what I did and choose the prettiest parts of the newspaper to snip from. At our house, we get the New York Times delivered on the weekend and the Arts & Leisure section is always filled with ethereal images that are just right for a breezy summer picnic.


Once you have all of your diamonds cut out, make a fold in the middle. You'll be placing your twine along this fold, so make sure that it's nice and crisp.


You don't need much glue for this project. Just a swipe along the crease and a dab at the bottom will do. If you'd like a cleaner look, you can glue around each of the edges. I chose to work with a paper glue that doesn't bleed through the thin newsprint.


Make sure to space your triangles as evenly as possible and to leave extra twine at the ends for tying it up! 


Whether you're bringing a picnic to the beach or enjoying dinner on your front stoop, hanging up a little paper garland will add just the right amount of whimsy.