Summer days seem to drag on and fly by somehow all at once. The change of pace is always welcome, but I do find myself needing to fill my hours! Crafting is a perfect way to do that 😉 Since I’ve been spending so much time indoors lately, I’ve been paying attention to summer flora to keep me sane! Remember when those peonies were in bloom?? One way to make summer feel summery is to bring it inside with plants or foliage. I wish I could keep a fresh garland alive for months! Realistically, I know that’s impossible, but that’s where the DIY bit factors in. You can make your own DIY Summer Flower Garland and bring the summer indoors regardless of the season!
Collaboration leads to inspiration
The inspiration for this particular garland came from two places: our wrapping paper products designed for Alexis Mattox Design, and a collab we did Chatbooks! The floral patterns we did with AMD were just so fun and punchy that we had to make a garland inspired by the wrapping paper. Chatbooks used some of those same wrapping paper designs as covers for their books. After seeing that, it occurred to me that I wanted to see these colors and flowers everywhere. Cue the crafting!
This DIY Summer Flower Garland is the perfect decoration for all your summer soirees. And is pretty enough to keep up all year long! You’ll be happy to hear that the materials were pretty cheap too. It’s made with crepe paper and cardstock, and is totally customizable. You can change the colors by simply using a different color paper. If you do play with a new color scheme, send me pictures!! Color is my favorite.
Where to put your paper flower garland
The fun part about a garland is that it can go anywhere. Wreaths go on the front door, flower vases on tables, but garlands? They do it all. In our Flower & Leaf Garden E-Book, we put garlands over the backs of chairs, as table runners, wound around a staircase handle, hung over doorways, or delicately draped on walls. If you’re planning a wedding, think of how fun it would be to make a DIY Summer Flower Garland with friends! It would be beautiful hung over a trellis or fireplace or as a photo-wall backdrop.
This project is great to work on with friends or alone! Heck, you could probably collab with a friend from afar! Mail each other your pieces to create one big DIY Summer Flower Garland! If crafting is your cathartic alone time, this garland is perfect for you. Spread out over a few days, and soak up that creative time. Summer days are meant for crafting, am I right?
More paper garlands for every season
DIY Summer Flower Garland
- Crepe paper in green, cornflower blue, orange, white, and yellow
- Cardstock in blue, pink, yellow, and white
- Acrylic paint in coral, yellow, and blue
- Wire flower stamens in red
- 22 gauge cloth covered floral wire in 18″ lengths
- Spool of 24 gauge florist wire
- Hot glue gun
Full instructions can be found here!
Once you’ve created all the individual flowers, begin to hot glue the elements onto the green floral wire. Mix in plenty of green crepe paper leaves. We made our garland about 6 feet long.
Photography by Anna Killian | Crafting by Ashley Isenhour and Rebecca Hansen