Looking to add some extra flair to your game nights and other party celebrations? Get ready for good news as we show you how to craft a DIY playing card streamer using an old deck of cards (or four)! Let’s jump right into this fun and simple step-by-step guide.
It’s a versatile and eye-catching décor choice that enhances the overall ambiance, inviting guests to snap memorable photos and immerse themselves in the theme.
While this is a very simple DIY project there are a few supplies and tools that you will need to get started.
There are other great options beyond playing cards, have fun and mix it up with any deck of cards! Make your own with card stock, or even collect vintage ones. In fact, using vintage postcards or even holiday cards for the party streamers would also be beautiful.
How to Make a DIY Playing Card Streamer
This beautiful and unique playing card streamer is really very simple to put together. If you follow the steps below, you will very quickly have a gorgeous backdrop for photos worthy of any party you throw!
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Step One – Supplies
Take a moment to head to the store and pick up your supplies! Find the full list of supplies and tools used to create this playing card streamer above.
Depending on your theme you could even use different playing cards. There are playing cards for pretty much anything these days including popular movies, TV shows, etc.
I’ve even seen patriotic ones!
Step Two – Create Stacks
In the middle of the process, I realized I should have started off more organized.
So, the best way to start is to open all of your card packs. Then separate the black cards from the red cards and shuffle.
At that point, you can then alternate black and red to create stacks of 20 cards. You will end up with 16 extra cards. And if your sewing machine has any issue these will come in handy to replace others!
Step Three – Start Sewing
It goes without saying before you can start you have to thread your sewing machine with your gold thread. Also, fill your bobbin.
Then just start sewing them in a straight line, one card after the other. Until all 20 cards are sewn in a line.
Step Four – Secure the Cards
Another tip I learned while in the process of this DIY playing card streamer was the need to keep the streamers from falling everywhere.
Leaving out the top and bottom cards, fold the rest up and secure them with a bull clip. (Pictured below).
Step Five – Sewing the Cards to the Ribbon
For this step, you will take all 10 stacks of sewn-together playing cards onto the black satin ribbon.
I left about 6″ of ribbon before starting my first card. Then left about 1″ space between each card.
Line the card up in the center of the black ribbon keeping a straight line as best you can.
Step Six – Enveloping the Card
Now fold the top of the ribbon down and sew it closed.
This creates an envelope effect which covers the top of the card and gives it a very clean appearance.
Step Seven – Create Ties
I liked the idea of connecting fancy gold ribbon ties to each black ribbon end to tie a pretty little bow to the hooks.
But, you could also just create longer strings at the end and tie it with the black ribbon if that suits you, too.
I cut about 12″ of gold ribbon. Then folded it in half and sewed it to each of the black ribbon ends, four in total.
Step Eight – Hang it!
I used 4 brass ceiling screw hooks to connect it to my walls just below my ceiling.
But first I measured to attempt to install both sides evenly. Which was harder than it looked because one side was on an angle and was a shorter wall than the other.
Decking the Halls: Creative Party Decor Ideas
Here are some imaginative party decor concepts that fit perfectly with this playing card streamer and won’t break the bank. Get ready to transform any gathering into a memorable event!
I created my DIY playing card streamer for my Alice in Wonderland “Mad Tea Part” Halloween theme this year. You can see the beautiful Playing Card Garland strung up as well as the red roses I painted red.
Crafting Magic: A Memorable DIY Playing Card Streamer for Your Next Party!
Incorporate this DIY playing card streamer into your next party, and watch as it effortlessly adds a touch of charm and whimsy to your decor.
cSimple, cost-effective, and bursting with creativity, this project is a testament to how small details can make a big impact. Here’s to hosting unforgettable gatherings and making every moment special!
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Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→