These traditional Scandinavian paper garlands are super easy to make!

In Sweden we usually have them in the shape of Christmas gnomes, but I drew some other wintery designs for you to print out. All you need is some paper, glue, and a pair of scissors or an art knife. Put the garland in a window when it starts to get dark outside, and the white silhouettes will contrast beautifully against the dark night!

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You will need:

templates from this post
an art knife or a pair of scissors

  1. Print out a few of the templates from this post.
  2. Cut out the figures very roughly. Cut close to the edge only where the silhouettes will meet (the head, feet, end of the boy’s scarf, etc.)
  3. Get some good quality drawing paper. The sheets should be quite thin. The bigger, the better!
  4. Put a silhouette template next to an edge of the paper. You can tape it to hold it in place.
  5. Fold the sheet of paper like an accordion. Each fold should be the length of the template. Make sure that the edges of the paper always line up, or the garland will be crooked.
  6. Cut along the lines of the template. with an art knife.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 4 a few times depending on how long you want your garland to be. Overlap the ends of the garlands and glue together.
  8. Place in a window, on a shelf, or in the middle of a table!


These traditional Scandinavian paper garlands are super easy to make!
Photography by Photography by Susanna Blåvarg

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