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Craft Music Christmas Garland With an Easy DIY Paper Flower Template


Here’s a DIY paper Christmas tree garland tutorial using holiday music sheets. Create festive decor that’s both budget-friendly and unique!

Well, howdy! I am excited to share this easy DIY paper Christmas garland tutorial with you. If you have been following any of Stringtown Home’s link parties, then you know today’s theme is sheet music, book pages, and canvas.  

Now, if you’re wondering, “Why paper?”, let me tell you – DIY paper crafts are the epitome of simplicity. They’re the comforting middle ground between “Oh, even I can totally do that” and “Wait, did I actually create that masterpiece?”

Those DIY paper garland Christmas decorations bring the magic of Christmas and the joy of DIY crafting, blending it all into one.

And when it’s a music sheet, it not only adds a vintage vibe to your tree but also a nod to the music lovers among us. Choose songs that resonate with you, or simply go for the ones that look pretty!

I know buying thematic or unique garlands can burn a hole in your pocket. So, I had to craft this DIY Christmas paper garland for you that is both easy to follow and saves you from buying costly Christmas garlands.

Let’s dive in!

DIY paper flower garland with sheet music on a pine tree.
DIY Paper Flower Garland with Sheet Music

DIY Paper Christmas Garland – 3 Steps Guide!

Maybe you’ve got some old piano books or sheet music stashed away. If not, there’s always the option of hitting up your local thrift store or printing some off the web. 

Last week, I was in a cute little store in downtown Kirkland and saw paper flowers Christmas garland and knew that it would be the perfect DIY project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • String or crochet thread
  • Sheet music (I suggest printing around 5 sheets of your favorite Christmas carol, double-sided for a fuller look)
  • Tacky glue
  • DIY paper flower template (or any flower template you have at hand)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
A collage showing glue, thread, and sheet music with a flower template traced on it.
Glue, thread, flower template, and sheet music!


Step 1: Prep the Flowers

Begin it by creating a DIY paper flower template (having 3-point petals) from a scrap piece of cardboard. Once done, trace the shape onto the sheet music and get cutting! If you’re working with kids, maybe opt for safety scissors. 

Flower Template

Remember, the beauty of DIY paper garland Christmas is that no two pieces are ever the same, so don’t stress if they’re not all identical.

Pro Tip: To speed things up, try stacking and cutting multiple pages at once. By doing so, I was able to cut all 5 pages at once!

Step 2: Assemble the garland

Drop a small dot of glue in the center of each flower and pinch from the middle to give it a 3D look, having a pointy bottom. 

While pinching the bottom of the flower, let the glue dry a little.

Now, those straight flower petals need some life! Roll the edge of the petals a little and twist to curl. This gives your DIY paper flower garland a lively, blooming appearance.

Once done with all the flowers, let them set for a few hours.

Step 3: Stringing it Together 

Grab your needle and thread and start stringing through the center of each flower. And here’s the best thing: The tacky glue in the flower’s center ensures it stays perfectly in place on the string.

And voila! Your Diy Christmas garland paper is ready to grace your tree or mantle. You can even wrap it as a heartwarming gift for someone special, this DIY paper Christmas tree garland is sure to be a hit!

Four steps for shaping a flower with paper.
Glue, pinch, roll the petals, and thread.


The beauty of DIY crafts lies in the endless possibilities of creativity. So let me walk you through some more magical DIY Christmas paper garland ideas for 2023:

  1. Garland Glory: Craft a paper garland Christmas DIY with shapes of your choice. Think stars, bells, or classic circle garlands. The sky’s the limit with your imagination.
  2. 3D Delight: For those who love a bit of dimension, fold papers to give a 3D effect to your DIY paper garland Christmas. Mix and match your flower paper garlands with tiny snowflakes for that wintery touch. 
  3. Whimsical Wreath: Not strictly a garland, but imagine a beautiful paper wreath crafted using the DIY paper flower template adorning your front door. A warm DIY welcome for your guests!
  4. Luminous Line-up: Add fairy lights to your paper garland Christmas DIY. The soft glow combined with the paper’s texture creates a dreamy ambiance.
  5. Personalized Touch: Why not add photos or handwritten notes to your DIY paper garland? A journey down memory lane amidst the Christmas celebrations!

So, there you have it, folks! 5 creative ideas to make your Christmas bright and DIY-licious. If these ideas sparked some festive joy in you, spread the word. 

Also, have you ever tried your hands on DIY paper garland before? Or perhaps a DIY paper flower garland? I’m all ears and would love to hear your crafty tales!

DIY Christmas sheet music paper flower garland draped over firewood.
DIY Paper Flower Garland

Christmas Tree Paper Garland DIY – FAQs:

What is a Christmas garland composed of?

A Christmas garland is a decorative strand that people love to showcase during the holidays. It’s commonly made from a blend of intertwined leaves, flowers, pine branches, and various festive decorations. 

Artificial garlands capture the essence of real pine and might be decorated with elements like berries, tiny birds, or flowers. 

For those looking for a crafty twist, DIY paper garlands are a popular alternative. These are crafted from cut from colorful or old papers like music sheets and books, all tied together with string. It’s a fun and unique way to decorate for the holidays.

What string should I use for a DIY paper flower garland?

For a homemade paper garland, nylon cord, crochet thread, or cotton/jute twine are top picks. Remember to add extra inches to your total length for tying ends. So, if you want a 6-foot garland, go for a 6-foot 8-inch string. 

Where can I  Display my DIY paper garland?

While the fireplace mantel and staircase are classic spots, think outside the box! Drape your musical garland:

  • Over door frames.
  • Across the piano or other musical instruments.
  • Around the perimeter of a music room or lounge.
  • Over the headboard of a bed.
Music paper garland draped on fireplace mantel.
Fireplace Mantel Paper Garland

What’s the difference between a wreath, a garland, and a swag when it comes to holiday decorations?

A wreath is a circular arrangement often made of pine branches, flowers, or leaves, commonly displayed on doors.

A garland is a longer, flexible decoration that can be draped over objects, often made of similar materials as wreaths but shaped as an elongated string.

A swag, on the other hand, is like a garland but typically has a tapered design, being thicker at the top or center and narrowing down towards the ends.

DIY paper flower garland on a Christmas tree.
Music Paper Flower Garland for Christmas

Final Thoughts

I genuinely hope you enjoyed this DIY Music Christmas Garland project. It is more than just a decorative item. It has memories you create and stories you’ll share. 

You, too, can make a cool Christmas garland using old music sheets. It’s easy, saves money, and makes your holiday decor feel personal. Give it a try, and you’ll see how fun and rewarding it can be!

Looking for more fun and global-inspired Christmas decor, DIYs, and more?  Check out A Very Global Christmas series for 12 days of seasonal projects.

Head over to the winter holidays, DIYs, and decor page for more articles and resources!

You might also enjoy these holiday posts featuring home tours full of renter-friendly DIYs and decor.

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