Make Colorful Garland Wall Art With Origami Paper

Origami paper is good for more than just folding. By sewing together strings of the paper squares, you can create a group of garlands that are sure to be a conversation-starting art piece.
Original_Michelle-Edgemont-Colorful-Paper-Garland-Beauty-Collage_h

Original_Michelle-Edgemont-Colorful-Paper-Garland-Beauty-Collage_h

Materials Needed:

  • sewing machine
  • white thread
  • 182 sheets of 2" square origami paper in bright colors
  • tacky glue
  • 24"x1" piece of wood (available at your local craft store)
  • hammer
  • hanging bracket and nails

Sort and Match Origami Paper

Open the packets of origami paper and separate the squares by color. Each string of garland will be made of 13 pairs of squares. Pick up two squares of different colors and put them together with the colorful side facing out.

Make 13 pairs of origami paper squares. Line them up near your sewing machine to grab easily as you sew the garland.

Sew Garland

Outfit the sewing machine with white thread. Place the first pair of squares under the sewing machine foot on the diagonal. Use a straight stitch to sew the squares together down the center, corner to corner. Grab the second pair of squares and feed it into the machine, sewing corner to corner. Add each sequential pair of squares under the sewing machine foot to sew together.

After all 13 pairs of origami paper square are sewn together, trim the garland off of the sewing machine. Make seven strings of 13 origami squares.

Tip: Sew a few inches past the last square to leave room to vary the lengths slightly when hanging.

Glue Garlands to Wood Strip

Place a dot of tacky glue 4” from the edge of the wood strip. Place the string of the first garland into the glue. The top square of the garland should hang about 1” from the wood strip.

Move down the wood strip, gluing each garland about 1" apart. The second garland should hang down slightly lower from the wood strip. Continue with remaining garlands, varying the heights slightly and stopping about 4" from the edge of the wood strip. Let dry completely before hanging. When dry, trim off any excess string.

Hang and Enjoy

Nail the hanging bracket in the center of the wood strip. Hang from a small nail in the center of a blank wall. Accessorize with bright pieces to complement the colors of the hanging garland.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Make Modern, Geometric Wall Art With Paint and Tape

It's amazing what painter's tape, some patience and pretty paint colors can achieve. The finished artwork will look like a modern canvas straight out of a museum.

How to Make a Paper Airplane Garland

An unconventional use for handmade paper airplanes, this garland will give the illusion of them flying through the air. Use the garlands over the food buffet, gift table, or even over the entire room to make a travel-themed party really come alive.

Make Your Own Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

Tassel garlands are a huge party trend. It's easy to make your own with some tissue paper or sparkling mylar, scissors and string.

DIY Wall Art: Make a Custom Corkboard World Map

A fun way to mark where you've been and where you're going, a large world map made out of cork gives you limitless possibilities.

How to Make Rolled Paper Roses

Paper flowers fashioned from old book pages, newspaper or brown Kraft paper are a frugal alternative to store-bought ribbons and bows.

How to Make Crepe Paper Flowers

Crepe paper is easy to work with and creates realistic flowers that are perfect for gift toppers or placed in a vase during spring. Make three different types — peonies, daisies and tulips.

How to Make Modern Wood Wall Art with Plywood

Create awe-inspiring, architectural wood wall art using plywood and paint.

How to Make Twisted Paper Art Fruits and Veggies

Create colorful, tabletop fruits and vegetables – that never spoil – from twisted paper yarn.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.