decorative paper (I used origami + vintage papers)
stringing material: thread, twine, embroidery floss, string, etc
Punch out your shapes.
I made my garlands 2-sided + sandwiched the stringing material in between the 2 punched out shapes.
If using animal shapes as I did and you want to do this remember to punch some animals from the decorative side and then flip the paper over and punch some shapes from the "underside"--so when putting them together they "fit".
Alternate different shapes, knot sequins in between or buttons. If using animal shapes have the animals face each other. Alternate colors.....whatever suits your fancy.
The vintage paper medallions are sandwiched between brown + white tying string--this is also one of my favorite ways to gussy up a gift package.