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‘Tis the season to party! We’re talking: Office parties, formal fêtes, seated dinners, cocktail hours, galas—the list goes on. When it comes to throwing a spectacular holiday shindig of your own, it’s all about remaining fun and festive. From a curated menu of seasonal dishes to a well-stocked bar (and perhaps some signature cocktails), there are a handful of elements to consider.

One of our favorite decorative accessories for the holidays are garlands. And while aromatic eucalyptus leaves and dried citrus slices are sure to impress all season long, when it comes to parties, we like to amp up the wow-factor. Enter: paper garlands. Not only are they striking but they’re also easy and inexpensive to make. Now that’s worth celebrating!

From snowflakes and stars to trees and holly, read on for the

best DIY

holiday decor.

Star Garland

This stellar garland has us seeing stars! It’s super simple to make, and involves cookie cutters. Plus, the possibilities of where to display it are endless. Trim your tree or drape it over a doorway for some celestial flair.

Get the how-to on Say Yes.

Oversized Holly and Berry Garland

For a dramatic look, go grand in scale. This oversized holly and berry garland is a total show-stopper. And the way it cascades down the staircase…talk about making an entrance!

Get the how-to on The House That Lars Built.


Merry Christmas Watercolor Garland

While red and green may be classics, we love the look of softer shades around the holidays. Case in point: This whimsical watercolor garland. The happy hues are sure to fill your home with cheer.

Get the how-to on Delineate Your Dwelling.


Christmas Tree Garland

Trim your tree with, well, trees (and be sure to add some ornaments into the mix). We’re big fans of the contrasting colors—soft pink, white, and black—but you could also choose more traditional tones such as, red, green, and gold.

Get the how-to on A Bubbly Life.


Gold Triangle Garland

Looking for a more modern option? Simply stunning and not overtly seasonal, this triangle garland is one you’ll want to (and can) keep up way after the new year.

Get the how-to on Almost Makes Perfect.


Holly Garland

Both kids and adults can get into the spirit with this project. After coloring the individual holly pieces, simply glue them onto a piece of twine. Voila, you’ve got a very merry garland that will make the whole family proud.

Get the how-to on Damask Love.

Scrapbook Paper Holiday Garland

All you need to create this adorable DIY is patterned scrapbook paper, gold adhesive letters, a hole punch, and yarn. For extra festive flourish, use a doily lace punch to trim each piece.

Get the how-to on White House Crafts.


Hosting a soirée at home? Whether you’re planning a winter wonderland theme or just want something seasonal, these 3D snowflakes are sublime!

Get the how-to here.