This DIY paper garland is both simple and beautiful. Plus, it repurposes old book pages – making it eco-conscious too!

A closeup of a pair of hands holding a garland made of book page orbs and twine.

One of my favourite DIYs on Of Houses and Trees are the book page paper orbs I made several years ago. I’m always moving them around my house whenever I feel like a certain space needs a little paper accent. 

Then one fall I decided to make a pumpkin version of this craft.

And now I’ve moved on to creating miniature paper orbs to create a DIY paper garland. 

I actually made one of these DIY garlands last Christmas, but didn’t post about it. So this year I decided to make another paper garland so I could show you all how easy it is to do – and how pretty the final result is!

The great thing about this book page paper garland is that while it certainly works as holiday decor, on its own it doesn’t read as festive so you can actually use it year round. (Who caught the pun in that last sentence…?)

Craft along with me in my video, follow the instructions below, or support a small business-owner on Etsy by purchasing one of these handmade paper garlands. Because we don’t always have the time to DIY – and that’s a-okay!

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Watch the Video!

DIY Paper Garland Step 1: Gather Supplies

All you’ll need for this DIY garland are a pencil, scissors, glue, twine, something circular for tracing and an old book – please make sure you don’t cut up a collectible or something with sentimental value!

DIY Paper Garland Step 2: Trace

Use your circular object to trace circles on the book pages. For reference, my glass jar has a bottom that is about 1.5″ in diameter.

You can either carefully tear the pages out before tracing or after. Also, try to fit as many circles on a page as you can to reduce waste. I was able to fit three circles per page and I used eight circles per orb, but you can use less ormore depending on how robust you want each orb to be.


DIY Paper Garland Step 3: Cut

Cut each circle out. And remember – it doesn’t have to be perfect!

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DIY Paper Garland Step 4: Fold

Fold each circle in half so that the side you traced is facing out. This way any remaining pencil marks will be hidden once the folded half circles are glued together. You also could just erase any marks you see if you prefer once side over the other.

DIY Paper Garland Step 5: Glue

Grab a folder circle and glue one of the sides. Then stick another folded circle on top. Try your best to line up the folded edges as this will be the centre of your orb once done. Continue until all the circles for one orb are glued together – but DON’T glue it closed quite yet.

DIY Paper Garland Step 6: Add Twine

Lay a piece of twine against the folded edges between the two pieces that still need to be glued together. Holding the twine carefully in place, you can now glue the orb closed.

DIY Paper Garland Step 7: Repeat

Now you know how to do it, simply repeat the steps until you’re happy with the length of your paper garland. 

Remember you can space each orb as closely or as spread out as you like. I prefer a more sparse look as it’s a bit more minimalist – but if you want to place them close together that’s up to you!

DIY Paper Garland Step 8: Enjoy!

Now you get to decide where you’re going to put your DIY paper garland. Stick it in your Christmas tree, wrap it around a wreath, use it to decorate a party or a wedding, or just to decorate your home – any time of the year!

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No Time to DIY?

Don’t have the time, the supplies, or the patience to do it yourself? Check out these three handmade paper garlands on Etsy!

Whether you’re making a Christmas garland for your tree, or something to use anywhere at any time, I hope this DIY tutorial was helpful!

What are you thoughts on crafting things out of old book pages? Is cutting up a book egregious or eco-friendly? As a book lover through and through I think it depends on the book and on the circumstances. But I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below!



A closeup of a pair of hands holding a garland made of book page orbs and twine with text how to make a simple diy paper garland from old book pages.

Posted on December 13, 2021

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How to Make a Simple DIY Paper Garland from Old Book Pages

3 thoughts on “How to Make a Simple DIY Paper Garland from Old Book Pages

  • December 19, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    I love this idea! I own a sewing machine, and making a paper garland with it has been on my to-do list for a long time. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I love to upcycle book pages.

    • December 19, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Using a sewing machine would be lovely! I have one too, but it’s like 50 years old (not exaggerating) and can be a bit of a beast to manage. Sometimes good ol’ twine and a bit of glue is just easier 🙂

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