I spotted Confetti System garlands and fell in love with the mix of colors and textures. These garlands are absolutely beautiful, but they come at a steep $100+ price. Making them a perfect DIY project to add some color and inspiration to my office. I decided to go with ribbon vs fabric so the sides wouldn’t fringe, but i’m sure if you did some searing you could find the right type of fabric. I fishtailed the ribbons onto a string and fastened them with a piece of gold metal.
The garland turned out beautifully and I love the playfulness it adds to my work environment.
- Several rolls of ribbon
- 1 2yd strand of strong string (to hang the ribbon batches on)
- Wire (to seal ribbons together)
- Candle flame
Cut ribbons to your desired length and amount, you will be folding the ribbons so each strand counts for two. I cut mine at different lengths, between 10in-17in with 3-4 strands in each batch. Begin a fishtail braid with the ribbon strands around the support string, making sure the base of the ribbon is straight. Braid 1-2 inches and seal braid with a 2 in wire, by wrapping the wire around the end of the braid and clamping shut with pliers. Continue the above steps for each strand until you have the desired amount or ribbons on your garland. Seal cut ribbon ends by swiping the ribbon tip by a flame.
Above are the materials I used to create the garland. I used gold wire and string to match the ribbons I picked out.
Above are the steps I took to braid the ribbon. You can check out further instructions on how to fishtail braid here.
To seal the fishtail braid take a 2in strip of wire and wrap it around the end of the braid, clamping with pliers.
The finished garland strand should look like the above.
To avoid fraying on the ribbon ends quickly swipe the tip of each strand by a flame to seal the strings.