How to make a Ribbon Garland


Ribbon Garlands

Ribbon garlands are a great decorative item. They can be used for a decorative piece for so many uses. We use them for party decorations such as a backdrop for a sweets table, chair decoration or above the party table. It’s a great keepsake after the party and you could change it up a little for your next party or hang it up in your child’s room or you could even recycle it and sell it on eBay.

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IMG_1289 - CopyThey are very simple to make and an economical way to dress up a table. They can cost a small fortune to buy off sites such as Etsy or eBay so why not have a go at making it yourself.

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  • The most budget friendly way to make it, is to buy some different materials and rip it into ribbons. For example if you are doing a mermaid or frozen theme, choose various shades and textures to compliment your theme. You can even add some pearls or something sea like in a mermaid theme or some snowflakes in a Frozen theme. You can choose to do short ribbons, various lengths or long ones.
  • For my purple and aqua ribbon garland I’ve used as an example for this post, I chose to have the ribbons more spaced out with a silk lilac material behind it for the backdrop. With shorter ribbon garlands it’s more effective to have them really close together.
  • My backdrop including the silk material backdrop, materials and twine cost $28. It depends on the materials you use as to how much it’s going to cost and because I used the sparkly types of materials they cost a little more.
  • The sparkly material I used in this backdrop, I had to cut it across with scissors but most materials, I just put a small cut at the top of the material and then rip it across like you see them do at Spotlight when you are purchasing material. This gives a straight line and is a quick and easy way to make the ribbons for your garland.


The basic instructions for your garland is:

  • Cut your twine to the length you need, allow room on each end to be able to tie your garland.
  • Cut all your material into ribbons by either ripping the material like discussed above depending on the material, most materials work or cutting it if you used a similar sparkly material I have used and make sure you cut it to the length you’d like.
  • Tie it on the twine, all the way across. I put small loops that are adjustable in each end of my twine, so the ribbons don’t slide off and for an easy way to hang the garland. I make it adjustable so if I need to make it bigger or adjust the size a little, it has some flexibility there.

And voila you have completed your garland. How easy is that…….

This post was for my daughters Tween party, here are some of my blog posts on ideas for your next Tween/Teen party:

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