How to: Tiered Garland Ornament
by All Things Paper Follow

This Tiered Garland Ornament was created for the new book All Things Paper - 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers. The ornament was designed by Patricia Zapata and would be pretty as a stacked group on a long strand or hung individually as a mobile. Alternating colors of paper would add another level of interest. Additional ideas would be to use discs that diminish or grow in size on each level and/or use beads instead of quilled strips of paper between the discs. Made with common paper crafting supplies, it would be a fun family project to create a batch to hang as tree ornaments.

As Patricia says in the book: The repetition of geometric shapes is an ideal way to create visual impact. Trying this with an ornament is simple and it’s easy to duplicate as many times as you wish. The tutorial calls for six layers of paper discs, but make more to transform it into an eye-catching garland. Variations in color and texture make the possibilities innumerable.




    Tracing paper


    Cardstock - white, 2 sheets, 8 1⁄2 x 11 inches (22 x 28 cm)

    Disc template

    Scissors or craft knife

    Self-healing cutting mat

    Piercer or pushpin

    Quilling tool



    Twine or embroidery floss

    Sewing needle - optional

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  • Step 1

    Trace the disc template onto tracing paper. Transfer the design to the cardstock six times by photocopy or by cutting out the traced image and using it as a template. Make sure to mark the center of each traced image and the markings on the ends of each of the rays.

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  • Step 2

    Cut out all six discs. Crease and fold (90-degree angle) the outermost 1/4 inch (6 mm) of each ray in the same direction. Poke a hole in the center of each disc using a paper piercer or push pin. Set aside.

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  • Step 3

    Cut six strips of cardstock that measure 7 x 1/2 inches (18 cm x 13 mm).

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  • Step 4

    Use a quilling tool to roll each strip. Seal the end with a dot of glue. Be careful not to make the rolls too tight, as twine or embroidery floss will be threaded through the center of each roll.

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  • Step 5

    Cut a 10-inch (25 cm) strand of twine
    or floss and tie a knot on one end. Starting with a disc, alternately thread all six discs and six rolls on the twine, adding a bit of glue between each disc and roll. Be sure to alternate the positions of the disc rays from one layer to the next. Use a needle if it makes this step easier. Make a loop on the end of the twine and use it to hang the ornament.

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