How to make Ruffle Crepe Paper Streamers

Posted by Miranda Weldon on

Ruffle Crepe paper streamers are one of my favorite easy DIY party decorations! They are quick and easy to make and very inexpensive. You can make them in any color or combination of colors. For my daughter’s recent Luau party I used 2 shades of green to make them and used them for a photo booth backdrop and some extras to decorate my DIY Tiki piñata and DIY tiki buckets.

To make your own you will need:

2 rolls of crepe paper streamers in 1-2 colors

pencil or wooden dowel

Sewing machine


Take 2 rolls of crepe paper streamers and hold them together by inserting a pencil or wooden dowel in the center. Sit the rolls down by your feet and with a little unrolled from the spools overlap the pieces slightly. The trick to making these quickly is to get your sewing machine to do all the work for you! You want to use the longest straight stitch your machine can do and increase the tension to the highest possible number. With a long stitch and high tension your machine will create beautiful ruffles on its own. Just overlap your 2 pieces slightly and stitch on the overlapping section.


Seriously that’s it, you can press your pedal to the floor and watch as mounds of ruffles pile up behind your machine! You can either measure the finished ruffles pieces to the length you need and backstitch on each end to keep it from unraveling later or go ahead and stitch the full rolls and when you cut the pieces to size, add an extra inch to each end and then fold it over and tape the strings down to the backside. 

For my daughter’s Luau birthday party I used a bunch of strips glued at the top to a plastic table cloth to create this fun photo booth backdrop. I just clipped the backdrop to my adjustable backdrop stand. EMART Photo Video Studio 10Ft Adjustable Background Stand Backdrop Support System Kit with Carry Bag I love this stand for times I can’t attach stuff to the wall, either because I’m in a rented space or I’m setting up away from a wall. It’s quick to assemble and includes large clips for attaching backdrops as well as sandbags to make the setup sturdy around kids!

I also used a couple extra pieces when making my own tiki piñata and tiki buckets. I just cut the strips to the size I needed and added a few foam flower stickers to the ruffles. 

You can use these ruffled streamers just like you would use any other crepe paper streamers on the ceiling or table fronts and they will be sure to wow your guests! 

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