Make This: DIY Paper Crown Garland Made from Recycled Book Pages

By Brittni • Updated on 07/07/2021

DIY // paper crowns

I mentioned the other day, that I recently made some decorations for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, and they were so fun to whip up, I thought I would share the tutorials. The first was this miniature flower arrangement, using vintage baby shoes as vases. And today is the second baby shower DIY: a paper crown garland, made with vintage book pages.

This would be a great project for a gender neutral shower, that’s not overly baby-ish, or a child’s birthday party, etc. As I mentioned, I used vintage book pages as my paper, which added to the charm and toned down the cutesy-ness. After last week’s DIY, I’m kind of on a recycling kick, huh?

The book I used had several missing pages before I picked it up from a book swap a while back, so I was happy to finally be able to reuse it in some way.

crown garland made out of recycled book pages

paper crown garland for baby shower

Here’s how to make your own…


scrap paper or vintage book pages (from a damaged book that would otherwise not be readable) // glue stick // string // needle // scissors


1. Start by creating a cardstock template that you can use for all the crowns. It’s really easily to do actually, you just draw and cut out a triangle that is the height that you want the crown to be. Then trace that triangle onto cardstock and then move the triangle over 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch to the right (so the bottom will overlap) and trace the triangle again. Do this again and again, until you have seven triangles across. Cut out and that is your crown template.

2. Then trace your template onto decorative paper or discarded book pages and cut out. Repeat this 5-10 times. Each one will create an individual crown.

3. Add glue to the very last triangle on one side of the cut out paper. Then attach it to the very first triangle on the opposite side, creating the crown shape. Repeat with all crowns.

4. Poke a needle and thread through the crown individually and knot each side once in place, before adding a second crown, and a third, etc. Hang and enjoy!

tutorial: paper crown garland

I used some of the leftover crowns I had for decorating the long string attached to giant 36″ round balloons. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it before the balloons deflated (I only brought one back home with me from the shower and when I woke up the next morning it was completely deflated, before I had a chance to take a photo).

But you could also use the extras as tiny, whimsical hair accessories. Especially if you were using it for a child’s birthday party, instead of a baby shower. Although, adults can look cute in tiny crowns too.

how to make a paper crown garland

paper crown as a hair accessory

make these tiny paper crowns

DIY // paper crown garland (close up)

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What else could you use these crowns for? I’m sure I’m forgetting something and I’d love to hear your ideas.

17 comments | Click here to reply

Ooooh this is so cute and simple! It doesn’t too many materials and I could just do it at home. I’m definitely gonna try this soon. Thank u for this amazing idea and gorgeous pictures 😀

Khairunnisa Putri

Nice idea for my little sunshine 😉


This is such a great idea for a neutral shower. Love it! This also reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are it would be so cool to make these for a party with that theme.
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Sunday Sharing

Simple and very cute! Great idea!


I love this! I included it on my DIY Friday post on my blog (and linked back here), I hope that’s okay. Thanks for the super cute crafts!


Lovely! I love garlands and this one I have never seen before, thanks for sharing!

Anna S.

This is SO cute! It would be adorable over the crib afterwards.

Tina@Traveling Mama

This is very pretty. I like this Paperdesign.


love this! It would be so cute for a princess party.

Colleen Pastoor

I love it! So cute and creative. 🙂


So cute, I love it!!


This is a super cute idea! Definitely considering this for my next girls get together.


Simple and pretty – love it!

Victoria | Oh So Pretty

This is adorable!!


This is sooo pretty!
In love…
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