Polka Dot Garland {DIY How to}

Easy Paper Polka-dot Garland Tutorial - glorioustreats.com

Several weeks ago I shared this simple yet pretty Blue and White Party (pictured), which included an easy D.I.Y. Paper Polka Dot Garland as decoration.  I promised I’d share the full tutorial, but the weeks have clipped along and I’ve been busy sharing cupcakes and punch and ice cream.  So before I get distracted again, I’m here to share the instructions on this easy paper garland.

This fun polka-dot garland is quite simple to make, could be made in any color and for most any occasion.  The options are limitless for this fun garland… hang it behind a dessert or food table (as shown),  hang it in front of your fireplace mantle (while not in use!), hang it in front of a window, or hang it in a child’s bedroom.

I love party crafts that can be made weeks in advance, and then take only moments to set up before the party.

Here’s how to make the paper polka-dot garland…

Easy DIY Polka-dot Garland Tutorial - glorioustreats.com

How to make a Paper Polka-dot Garland

Supplies needed

  • Craft glue
  • Cardstock weight paper in the color(s) of your choice.
  • Twine, string or thin ribbon

1.  Cut out various sized paper circles using a paper punch, or cutting machine (such as a Cricut or Silhouette).  Feel fee to make all the circles the same size if you like.  For this garland I used circles that range from 1.5″-3.5″ diameter.  I also used three different shades of blue paper.  Use cardstock weight paper.

2.  Line up the circles in a pattern, or randomly (as I did).  Lay out a piece of twine (I used bakers twine from Bakers Stock), do not cut it, just roll it off of the roll.  Apply a very thin bead of craft glue along the center of a paper circle, then lay the twine on the glue.  (Do not use too much glue or it may warp the paper a bit)

3.  Continue gluing the twine to the circles, spacing as desired.  Allow to dry flat until the glue is fully dry.

Optional- If you will be hanging the garland where it will be viewed from both sides, you may want to put two matching circles back to back, with the twine glued in-between, although I don’t think it’s necessary.


Happy Crafting!


  1. Love the color combination! I have used one size circle punch and red, white and blue card stock. I sewed mine and hung strands vertically from a curtain rod in my transom widow ove my front door.

  2. That looks easier than I expected. Cool. =)

  3. very nice.

  4. This is so pretty ,and you make it look so easy! I think I need to make one for my next party…or just because. :)

  5. What a great idea, easy to make but super effective! 😀

  6. Super cute. Who doesn’t love polka dots!

  7. This looks lovely, creative and adds dimension. So cute!

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  14. I’ve made this using circle-punched pictures from greeting cards and magazines; thick paper works best. Used double-stick tape and 2 circles. The circles can be different sizes. Also taped on large sparkly sequins. The tape speeded up the process.

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