Paper garlands

Fiona from Hop Skip Jump sent us this beautifully simple Christmas idea

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This Christmas, I thought we might try making some simple cut paper garlands. It’s such an easy, fun craft that has a very festive result, and something that works well for kids of all ages. Older children could tackle the entire project by themselves, while younger kids will probably need help with cutting and threading.

We made a couple of different garlands: one constructed from decorated paper and cardstock, and another made from plain white card which was enthusiastically decorated with lots of glitter, sequins and confetti by my three year old.

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You will need:

2 x A3 sized sheets of card stock
Decorations (patterned paper, glitter, confetti, sequins, fabric, buttons, etc)
Hole punch
Glue
String
Scissors

Trace or print your desired shapes onto the cardstock.

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There’s a downloadable template below if you don’t have time to make your own.

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If you’re going to be decorating your garland with patterned paper only (like the bird one in the photos here), it’s best to glue your paper to the card before cutting. Once your shapes are cut out, decorate as desired and arrange vertically. When you’re satisfied with how it looks, punch holes at the top and base of each shape (except the base of the lowest hanging shape) and loop together with short lengths of string. Hang and enjoy!

10 Responses to “Paper garlands”

  1. Leslie

    I used your bird pattern to make “gingerbird” cookies. I really like the way they turned out. They are just the right size and taste so yummy.

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  2. Rebecca

    Oh these are lovely! It’s not too late for me to download the pdf and make some of my own either… thank you!

    Reply

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