Silver Lining: Easy Tissue Paper Garland

February 2, 2016

Easy Tissue Paper Garland

A few days ago I made this garland to hang up for Galentine's Day. (Although actually, my plans have changed, and I'll be out of town, so I won't be able to host Galentine's Day this year, and I'm actually pretty sad about it. Galentine's Day is one of my all-time favorites!) To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure how this was going to turn out when I started, but I ended up really liking it, so I thought I'd share my tutorial with you today.

The three things I like most about this garland:

1. It's easy. Like, really easy.
2. It costs $3 or less to make.
3. You can change out the colors to work for any occasion.


Tissue paper. You need about one $1 pack per color. So if you want three colors, it's $3. I actually ordered this multi-pack for $12 a few months ago, and used tissue paper from that. (I would highly recommend that multi-pack, by the way. I use it for everything. Most recently for this DIY stained glass and for these presents.) But if you don't have a multi-pack, just get one pack per color that you want.

Thread. Really, any kind will do.

Needle. If you happen to have a thicker embroidery needle and thicker thread, it will be a little sturdier, but I just used a small needle and regular thread and mine is totally fine.


Tape. This is to hang up the garland. I used plain 'ole Scotch tape, and then put a bit of Washi tape over the top for decorative purposes, but any kind will work!


1. Cut your tissue paper into strips about 4" wide. Cut wider or thinner depending on how thick you want your garland to be.

2. Accordion fold each strip every 3-4". Important: Lots of tissue paper comes folded into almost a perfect accordion by itself. I only had to change the direction of two folds on my tissue paper strips for it to be a perfect accordion. Easy schmeasy. This is also the part where I turned on Netflix to keep me entertained as I folded.

3. Thread your needle.

4. Pull your needle through the center of each strip of folded tissue paper. It should look like this:

5. Hang the ends of your garland. At this point, it will look like a clump of tissue paper in the middle of your thread. Don't despair! You didn't do it wrong!

6. Fluff each tissue paper strip. I liked to crinkle each strip a little bit for added definition. As you go, move the strips out from the center to the ends of the garland. As you can see, my garland is pretty dense. I could have done a lot more fluffing and had a lot longer strands.

7. Done!

Also, leave me links to other tissue paper garlands.
I'm kind of obsessed, and I want to add to my garland wall.
Happy Tuesday!

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