Paper Scroll Garland | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

Well, I did it. I DIY’d. The bride who only planned to DIY her cake. But I didn’t do it alone! Oh, no! I enlisted the help of my maid of honor/BFF, and, eventually, my fiance.

A few weeks back, while looking for wedding decor inspiration in Pinterest, I came across this DIY tutorial for colorful Anthropologie-inspired scroll garland. The tutorial seemed really easy to follow, and after pricing out the colored card stock that I needed (recycled, of course!) at a few local stationery stores and online, trying this on my own seemed like a great budget-friendly decor option. 

I started by getting the MOH, the lovely Francesca, on board and psyched. Then, I purchased my supplies.

Heavyweight paper/card stock, scissors, stapler/staples and a glue stick... I could TOTALLY hand this!

Heavyweight paper/card stock, scissors, paper clips, stapler/staples and a glue stick… I could TOTALLY hand this!

Armed with the tutorial, Francesca and I got to work. We took a few liberties with the instructions, though. Sans paper cutter (it was far too heavy to borrow and lug home from work!), we took each sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock (another deviation from the directions… whoops), folded lengthwise, cut, folded again, cut again. So each strip for the garland was more like 2 1/2″ or so wide, rather than the suggested 1 1/2″. No biggie. 

Francesca in the folding/cutting groove.

Francesca in the folding/cutting groove. (Hi, Fran!)

After we had our strips ready, we got down to business looping and stapling and DIY’ing. But things were looking a little… off? Yes, off. We looped some more. But still… the garland looked less like garland and more like strips of paper stapled to other strips of paper. Shoddy workmanship at best. 

We shook our heads. I grabbed my laptop and swiftly went to Etsy to search for someone who could just make it for me (I told you I wasn’t cut out for this!). And then, it happened.

My fiancé, who up until that point was drafting his 40th team on Madden ’13 and amusing himself with our antics, says “give me that!” Then Matt does something I never thought I’d see in a thousand years… he crafted! And you know what? He totally schooled us on making paper scroll garland. 

My love, gettin' crafty with it.

My love, gettin’ crafty with it.

A man of many talents! Following his careful direction of “it’s not like it’s that hard!” Francesca and I were reinvigorated and owned that paper scroll garland like it was… something we owned?

Throughout the rest of the weekend, I loop-de-looped that paper like a boss. And still only finished four rows. But it’s coming along! Check it out:

Our paper scroll garland... four down, a zillion more to go!

Our paper scroll garland… four down, a zillion more to go!

The great thing is that now that I’m in a DIY groove, this is a super easy project to work on while watching TV, so I’m pretty confident that I can finish it before 2033… Happy DIY’ing, BSBers!

I'm Ashley, a 31 year old witty, sarcastic New Yorker planning a wedding on a studio apartment-sized budget in one of the most expensive cities in the world. I consider myself a Brooklyn girl, and I fell in love with a Queens boy, who I will marry on July 5, 2013. He's as witty and sarcastic as I am, and he's awesome.

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    • Ellen
    • May 9th, 2013

    LOVE this story! Is Matt my son or WHAT????????????????????
    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  1. Don’t you love it when they help… My fiance actually had a lot of the ideas for our invitations (those message in a bottle ones I posted on here awhile ago)… I just made them the way he envisioned! Sometimes they surprise you!

    They look like they are turning out great! Who said you cannot DIY? :)

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