Welcome Home Hanging Letter Confetti Garland Diy

This past weekend my son came home for the first time since starting university in September. We were all really excited to have him back for a few days, so I thought it would be fun to make him a welcome home garland to, well, welcome him home.

I have been wanting to make a hanging letter garland for some time now and thought this would be a perfect opportunity. And what’s a celebration without a little confetti?


  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Baker’s twine (or thin string)
  • Scotch tape
  • Circle paper punches (1″, 3/4″ & 1/2″)
  • Sewing machine & thread

{Step ONE} Hanging Letter Garland

1.  Print the word/words for your garland on printer paper. I used a font called League Gothic at 575 points (it printed out just under 6″ tall). I printed my letters out in light grey to save on printer ink, but this is just a template, so the colour really doesn’t matter.

2.  Cut the template letters apart (this just makes them easier to handle). Then, while holding the letter template in place on top of the cardstock, cut out each letter. Because my letters were just under 6″ tall, I was able to cut my 12″x12″ cardstock in half, creating two strips that were 6″x12″ from each sheet (I ended up using 2 sheets of 12″x12″ Bazaill Criss Cross textured cardstock in Kisses for the letters).

3. Continue cutting until all the letters are cut out. Achieving perfection was not my goal here. These are not meant to be perfect. You could even forget the template altogether and cut the letters out freehand, if you wanted.

4. Line up all the letters, spacing them as you would on the garland. Cut a length of baker’s twine , long enough to hang the letters, plus a generous amount at either end for hanging. I put each word on a separate length of twine creating two garlands, one for “welcome” and one for “home”.

5. To attach the letters to the baker’s twine, stick tape to the back of the letter, so that it sticks up over the top edge.

6. Then, place another piece of tape over the first piece of tape (were it sticks up above the letter), sticky sides together.

7. Fold the tape over the baker’s twine and stick to the back of the letter, making sure the tape doesn’t show at the front.

8. Continue along until all the letters are attached to the twine.

{Step TWO} Making the Confetti Garlands

1. Punch circles out of cardstock and/or patterned paper, using different sizes of circle craft punches. I used the scrap cardstock from the letters I cut above, and two patterned papers (both from the Hello Fall Printable Party Collection in the shop). I ended up using about 40 small circles (1/2″), 20 medium circles (3/4″) and 10 large circles (1″) in varying amounts of the three papers.

2. Sew the circles together. To start, pull a generous amount of thread and hold on to it while you sew right through the centre of the first circle.

3. Make a few stitches without any paper, before stitching through the center of the next circle. The goal here is randomness. Random patterns, random sizes, random spaces between. Like the confetti landed in a random way.

4. Once the confetti garland is the length you want, tie off the bottom, but leave the top threads long (this is how you will attach the confetti garland to the hanging word garland). I made 9 confetti strands between 10″-20″ long.

{Step THREE} Attach the Confetti Garlands

1. Layout the letter garland, then arrange the confetti garlands so they are hanging down between the letters. I played around with mine a bit until I was happy with the placement. I even trimmed a few to adjust the length (randomly).

2. Using the lengths of thread at the top of each confetti garland, tie them in place to the baker’s twine. I only hung confetti garlands from the “welcome” garland, letting them hang down over the “home” garland which I hung below.

You can create this garland using any font/words that you like, or if you want here’s a free download for the Welcome Home template that I used.  And, since Thanksgiving is in the air, here’s a free download for a Thanks template too.

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Patterned Paper Confetti Garland Diy

We have a little friend, named Olivia, who just turned two.  I had a little celebration for her that included the friends that she plays with, when she comes to our house.  About 13 in all.

The idea was to have an after school snack turned celebration.  A good bellowing of happy birthday to you… some treats provided by her family, along with some decorations and we had ourselves a mini party.

I hung some bright orange tissue paper poms and used the happy birthday banner from the Tangerine Birthday Printable Party Collection.  I also used all four of the patterned paper designs, from the same collection, to make a confetti garland.

I love these garlands.  They are whimsical, pretty and easy to make.  They are inexpensive, reusable and can be used in multiple ways.  In short, they are awesome and here are just 3 of the ways I use them.

1.  Garland – When hung as a garland I like to loop it back and forth, across the room, at different heights.

2.  Backdrop – Secure one end at the uppermost, left edge of the backdrop area.  Let the garland drop down to the length desired then bring it back up and secure at the top.  Drop down another length, moving across the backdrop space, from left to right, until covered.

3.  Embellish a Gift – Simply wind the garland around the present, trim if needed and secure along the back.

Go ahead. Make one. You won’t regret it.

Here’s how I made mine:

Tangerine Birthday Printable Party Collection
8 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ plain white cardstock (you could also use patterned paper from your own stash and skip step one)
1-1/2″ Circle craft punch
1″ Circle craft punch
White thread
Sewing machine

{Step One} Print Patterned Paper
First, I printed 2 copies of each patterned paper design onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of plain white cardstock.  Then, one at a time, I reloaded the paper into the printer tray and printed the same design on the blank side of the cardstock. (For my printer, this means loading the paper with the side I want to print on, face down. But check your printer, to make sure you reload the paper correctly, in order to print on the blank side).  This gave me 8 sheets of double sided patterned paper (2 sheets each, in 4 different designs, with the same design on both sides).

{Step Two} Punch Circles
Using a 1-1/2″ circle punch, I punched one full sheet of each patterned paper design.  Giving me 24 large circles in each pattern.
Using a 1″ circle punch, I punched one full sheet of each patterned paper design. Giving me 48+ small circles in each pattern.

{Step Three} Create a Repeating Pattern
With my circles stacked up in order of the repeating paper pattern, I was able to easily create a repeating size pattern by simply saying “large, small, small” as I gathered the circles in a row. (Don’t worry, its ok to talk to yourself).

{Step Four} Sew Together
With some circles lined up in order and ready to go, I started sewing the circles. To start, I pulled a generous amount of thread and held on to it while I sewed right through the centre of the first circle, made three stitches without any paper, before stitching through the centre of the next circle. I continued to do this until half of my large circles were used up and left a long thread at the end as well. The long threads at each end can be tied off and are useful for hanging.

Then I started a second strand with the rest of the circles, creating two garlands each approximatly 25′ long.  I find two garlands tangle less easily and give me some flexibility when it comes to decorating with them. (But mostly because two garlands tangle less easily).

{Step Five} Hang & Enjoy
I hung my garlands so they criss crossed and zig zagged across the room, letting them drape down at different heights.  And then I went and got my kids and made them check out my awesome garland (they put up with me because they are awesome too).

You don’t need a reason to make a patterned paper confetti garland though. Life is simply better with one of these hanging in your house.

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