DIY Garland for Quote Lovers

diy garland

I found the idea to paint a page from a book and write a quote on it on YouTube, and I decided to add my own twist to it and make a garland. I am so pleased with the result, and I am excited to hang it in my dorm room when I go back to college this semester.

This garland is a perfect way to showcase your favorite quotes, and it makes a wonderful addition to any room. It is also easy and affordable to make.

What You’ll Need

  • An old book or a book you are not going to read
  • Acrylic paint
  • Permanent marker or paint marker
  • Clothespins
  • Twine
  • Decorative tape


  1. Tear as many pages as you would like out of the book. An old dictionary would work well for this project. The number of pages should be the same as the number of quotes you would like to use. I used six.
  2. Begin painting one of the pages until the paint is almost or completely opaque, depending on your preference. Do not cover the whole page. This does not have to be perfect, so make it as messy as you want. I think muted or pastel shades of paint would work best so the quotes are easier to read. I found this worked best with matte or satin finishes, especially matte.
  3. Repeat step two with the remaining pages, alternating colors of paint if desired. Allow paint to dry completely. Place the pages under heavy books if you would like them completely flat.
  4. Write your quotes on the painted surface of each page. I used permanent marker. The permanent marker started to stop working after writing on the paint. If you have a paint pen, preferably one with a fine tip, it may work better. Add illustrations if you would like.
  5. Clip each page onto the twine with clothespins. Cut the length of twine you want.
  6. Hang the finished garland on the wall with decorative tape. Finished!

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Here are the quotes and illustrations I used to make my garland.

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“i want to be full on my own i want to be so complete i could light a whole city.” – Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey

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“fall in love with your solitude.” – Rupi Kaur

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“Relax. Nothing is under control.” I’m not sure who said this, but I found this quote on the back cover of Flow magazine, Issue 17.

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“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

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“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” – Emily Dickinson

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If you make a garland of your own, please leave a comment and let me know how it turned out and what quotes you decided to showcase. I would love to hear from you.





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