The Bugle Garland

I have an obsession with paper garlands. Every occasion, every season has its own.¬†Halloween – Garland. New apartment – Garland. Finally stopped raining – Garland. They’re an inexpensive way to personalize your home or decorate for a celebration, and you can whip one up in an hour or less. Basically, garlands are wonderful little creatures and you should make some. Or many.

This particular garland I have dubbed the Bugle. I have to admit, my husband chose the name, and yes, that is indeed a reference to the cone-shaped snack. I’m thinking more of a bugle bead…


The Bugle Garland is made by sewing together long, skinny strips of card stock. Super easy. I wanted saturated summer colors, so I went with a bold but slightly-off rainbow scheme. Simply measure, cut, stack, and sew. The strips were 1/2″ by 6″ and I repeated the color progression twenty-four times. Don’t worry about cutting perfect rectangles, or lining the strips up exactly down the middle. Imperfections add visual interest!

Bugle Garland

In case you were wondering, I used Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection card stock. It’s my go-to for solid colors. The craft paper tones down the brightness of the garland while also drawing attention to the way it spins.

I’d love to see your take on the Bugle Garland! Email pictures of your version(s) to, and I’ll happily post them for all to see. Creativity makes the world go ’round – metaphorically of course.