Vintage Paper Boat Garland

vintage paper boat bunting tutorial

Oh, if I could go back in time, I would decorate my son’s entire nursery with vintage paper boats. They are adorable!

I love vintage paper, and books, so I combined the two to make a vintage paper boat garland today. It’s simple to put together and costs almost nothing. A paper boat garland can be used to decorate a nursery, room or for birthday party decorations.


Vintage book (I purchased one from a thrift shop for 50 cents)

Twine (I used divine twine)

Sticky tape

Large needle


1. Check the book to see if it’s rare and worth a fortune (unlikely but possible). Check this post on how to do it: How to Check What an Old Book is Worth.

2.  Carefully rip about 10 pages out of the book.

3. Fold each piece of vintage paper into a boat.  The below video shows how to make an origami paper boat.

4. Using a large needle,  thread the boats on to the twine.  There are two different ways to do this.

i) Horizontal Vintage Paper Boat Garland

  • Thread the twine through the point of the paper boat. Hang horizontally over a book case, door frame, window or in the bedroom.

vintage paper boat bunting

ii) Vertical Vintage Paper Boat Feature

  • Thread the twine, from the bottom of the boat, through the top point.
  • Place a piece of sticky tape underneath where you want the boat to stay. This way, the boat won’t slip down the twine (you won’t see the sticky tape because it sits inside the boat).
  • Hang in a bedroom, on the side of a bookcase or use as a ceiling mobile.

vintage paper boat bunting instructionsWarning: There is a chocking hazard so use caution if hanging where a child can grab it; supervision is required.

vintage paper boat bunting

Hmm, this makes me wish I read the book!

Vintage paper boat glarland
I made extra boats for son to play with in the kitchen sink.

paper boats

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  • Reply
    April 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    How gorgeous Kel – you are clever!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      April 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Nic! I enjoy looking at it over the bookcase. Makes me happy xx

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    May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    That’s a great idea. Fun & easy to make. Also, a very simple addition to the bedroom.
    I’m doing up my sons room, a nautical theme. Getting there slowly, still alot to do but would love to add something like this along the shelf I am going to put up.
    – MJ x

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    Ness @ One Perfect Day
    July 24, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Oh I love this! I love art from vintage books but I’ve never been able to bring myself to actually tear any pages out from a book yet. I’m pinning this idea to my kid’s room boards. So gorgeous.

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    October 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I love gifts that don’t cost a lot of money to make, but invests time to create. I’ve just completed 3 boat garlands, 2 for little boys, and one for myself 😀 I used a second hand Enid Blyton book. Thanks for this post!

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