Accordion Fold Paper Garland Tutorial

Today I want to share a quick tutorial for creating this delightful accordion fold paper garland. It’s simple to make and easy to coordinate with your party theme. I love bright neon colors for summer and used Ultra Brite Hue papers from JAM Paper & Envelope.


  • brightly colored, 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • ruler
  • glue stick

Directions Cut strips of paper that are 1 inch wide and 11 inches long. craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers1-3573222 Glue the ends of two contrasting paper strips together at right angles. craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers2-8603620 Fold the bottom strip over the top strip, making sure they remain perpendicular. Crease the fold. Continue criss-crossing bottom over the top, keeping the strips at right angles to each other. craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers3-9241062 When you reach the ends of the strips, leave a 1″ overhang, trimming if necessary. craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers4-1342925 Glue another paper strip to each of the two ends, overlapping by 1 inch. craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers5-7535832 Continue folding and adding strips until the garland reaches the desired length. Glue the ends together… craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers6-1282223 … and it’s ready to display. craftimentsaccordionfoldpapergarlandtutorial-5283818 They fold up quite nicely for storage. This is a 10 foot long garland! Wouldn’t it be fun to include one of these garlands in a birthday party care package for someone who can’t be home on their special day? craftimentsaccordionfoldstreamers8-5949368