Pretty paper garlands as wedding decor

String of Hearts Paper Garland
String of Hearts Paper Garland by Etsy seller gentlearts

Wedding decorations don’t have to be expensive or elaborate to be beautiful. Simple strands of paper garlands are a popular choice right now, and they can suit any type of wedding setting, from rustic to black-tie.

Paper Cranes
Photo via Style Me Pretty

A few paper garlands can spruce up a corner of your reception venue, adorn your head table, drape across the backs of guests’ chairs, or simply hang from high ceiling beams. The strings of paper cranes above are both a good luck symbol and a whimsical decorative touch.

Coffee filter garland
Photo via Martha Stewart Weddings

Paper garlands are also an easy and economical DIY project. The string of paper pompons in the photo above is actually made of coffee filters that the bride herself dyed and then strung up in the reception canopy.

If this inspires you to make your own DIY paper garland, there are plenty of resources out there to show you how:

Paper Garland Template and How-To from Martha Stewart Weddings

DIY Printed Paper Garlands from Project Wedding

DIY: The Paper Lace Garland from Project Wedding

Use wedding white and shimmery silver, or pick up some craft paper in your wedding colors. Or, find a book of love poems at a used book store and use its pages to make a garland with some wedding sentiment built right in.

Hymnal garland by Kristina Marie as featured in the March 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings
Hymnal garland by Kristina Marie as featured in the March 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings

If you’d prefer to buy a few yards of handmade paper garland, look no further than Etsy.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Garlands by Etsy seller Kristina Marie
Garlands by Etsy seller Kristina Marie. Left: CMY(K) Color Palette in Confetti, $75 for 10 feet of each. Top right: Recycled Hymnal Paper Garland Strand (Motley Version), $22 for 10 feet. Bottom right: Olive Confetti Paper Garland Strand, $25 for 10 feet.

Etsy seller Kristina Marie sews together hundreds and hundreds of brightly colored dots or recycled book pages to create her paper garlands.

Pennant Bunting Garlands by The Guilded Bee
Pennant Bunting Garlands by Etsy seller The Gilded Bee. Clockwise from top left: Scarlet/Peony Plaid, Peacock Blue/Cream Lace, Cream/Seasalt Seedling, Hazelnut/Strawberry Pink Woodgrain, $4.99 each for 3 feet.

The Gilded Bee offers traditional pennant-style buntings in every color of the rainbow.

Decorations by Etsy seller kategreiner
Decorations by Etsy seller kategreiner. Left: Sewn paper sunset decoration, $24 for a pack of 3 five-foot strands. Top right: Sewn paper raindrop decorations, $7 for 3 feet. Bottom right: Mini sewn paper heart decoration, $18 for a pack of 3 three-foot strands.

For fun shapes like hearts, stars and raindrops, check out the paper garlands from Etsy seller kategreiner.

There are also plenty of paper garlands for couples who would like to send a sweet message on their wedding day:

Letter garlands by Etsy seller frenchtoastfriday
Letter garlands by Etsy seller frenchtoastfriday. Just Married garland, $19.80. Personalized word garland, $1.80 per letter.

Why not spell it out? Etsy seller frenchtoastfriday makes custom paper garlands with 4″ high letters that are printed with eco-friendly soy ink.

Love paper garland by Etsy seller ArtfulMstudio
LOVE paper garland by Etsy seller ArtfulMstudio, $8.99.

Etsy seller ArtfulMstudio prints this ‘love’ banner on acid-free paper so that you can save it as a keepsake from your wedding.

Handmade paper garlands from Etsy seller bookity
Handmade paper garlands from Etsy seller bookity. Top: Paper garland of hearts, $25.20 for 6 feet. Bottom: Paper Shakespearean hearts, $20 for a set of 6.

Is there anyone better than Shakespeare himself to express love on your wedding day? Etsy seller bookity creates handmade paper garlands from Shakespeare’s plays and vintage encyclopedia pages. These would be perfect for a pair of book lovers.

And if the Bard is too serious for you, how about this paper garland made from the funny pages?

Recycled comic book hanging room ornaments by Etsy seller bookity
Recycled comic book hanging room ornaments by Etsy seller bookity, $20 for 6.