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DIY Decorations: Native American Tribal Paper Garlands (with Free Templates)

Feather Tribal Paper Garlands

What better way to bring life to your wild boho themed party than with these paper feather and tribal arrow garlands? Paper garlands are probably one of the easiest and most versatile ways to decorate and add a pop of colour to your party! Not only is this garland perfect for my Native American themed Thanksgiving, it can also be used for birthday parties and baby showers.

Tribal Paper Garlands

When I’d finished making this garland, I was pretty chuffed, so I turned to my other half Darren and with a huge grin said “look what I’ve made!” He outright laughed and asked me why though? What was wrong with the real feathers I’d bought in the craft store?

I told him that it gave a more whimsical look and meant I was able to paint copper highlights onto the feather tips. Both true comments but, in reality, I just LOVE making my own party decorations. There’s something so satisfying about creating something from very little and dovetailing it perfectly with the rest of your theme.

Arrow Tribal Paper Garlands

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Choosing Your Paper

I actually used cardstock for these ‘paper’ garlands – the selection of coloured card is far more extensive than the paper in my local Hobbycraft store and I found that the feathers and arrows held their shape better when made out of a firmer material.

My Native American inspired Thanksgiving had a teal and copper colour theme running throughout. I wanted the teal blue to shine so I bought an ombré pack of blue card and then supplemented with some kraft card to bring more earthy tones. I was able to pick out the copper accents by using acrylic paint as a highlight on some feathers.

Painting the Feather Tribal Paper Garlands

Making the Tribal Paper Garlands

This project alone has shown me how my Cricut Explore is honestly worth its weight in gold! The time it saves is immense. I can be painting pumpkins and testing caramel apple recipes and just stop for a minute to add a new piece of card. I even used it to score the straight line on the arrows. It’s not entirely necessary to score the arrows and feathers, I just felt that it added some depth to the overall effect.

Cutting the Feather Tribal Paper Garlands with Cricut

Free Tribal Garland TemplatesYou will need:

  • FREE feather and arrow .svg cut files or templates (in my free resource libraryget your password by signing up here)
  • A Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker or another cutting machine (or scissors if you don’t have one)
  • Coloured card
  • String, twine and/or thread
  • Sticky tape

Optional extras

  • Acrylic paint in a complementary or contrasting colour
  • Long twig to hang the feathers from
  • Any other embellishments you can dream up! Beads, craft feathers, twine…

Give Thanks Feather Tribal Paper Garlands

To make the tribal paper garlands:

  1. Download the arrow and feather .svg files from the resource library. Upload the files into Cricut Design Space and adjust the size. My feathers were 6 x 16 cm and arrows 9.5 x 7cm but you could make them bigger or smaller.
  2. Cut the shapes using your Cricut (or alternatively download the free templates from the resource library and cut them by hand).
  3. Score a line down the centre of the arrow/feather and softly fold.

Scoring the Feather Tribal Paper Garlands

For the arrows:

  • Stick the string to the back of each arrow using sticky tape, spacing them evenly (mine were 2” apart).

For the feathers:

  • Paint accents in acrylic paint on the tips of the feathers.
  • Using a fine pair of scissors, cut the edges of the feathers randomly, creating a frayed, fluffy effect
  • Either tie them to a long twig using thread to make a wall decoration or attach along a piece of string like for the arrows (see above)

Fraying the Feather Tribal Paper Garlands
Free Tribal Garland Templates

Tips and tricks:

  • Fray the edges of the feathers as finely as possible for the most realistic look.
  • You can use these files for all sorts of decorations. Why not try cutting them smaller and tying them to glassware?
  • Try making them super small in different colours and use them as drinks markers.

Tribal Paper Feather

What occasion will you make these wild tribal paper garlands for? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. This is such a pretty sign! I absolutely love it. This might convince me to buy my own Cricut! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Marlize! You most definitely should get one – I LOVE mine. I made the sign myself too – bought one from the discount store and sanded off the slogan it had printed on it. I then cut a stencil in vinyl on my cricut and used acrylic paint over the stencil.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Love your garland and the colors you chose. Very festive and pretty.

    • Thanks Denise! I wanted something autumnal but really dislike the colour orange so copper was the perfect choice. And I just love blue!

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