On the weekends, G and I have turned the dining room into a Christmas project workshop. Making the paper garlands was a lot of fun. All you need are decorative punches or “paper shapers,” multi-colored construction paper, thread, and a sewing machine. We used two circular punches, one 1 1/2″ and the other 2 1/2″. It’s nice to have some variation in size to make the garlands more interesting. You can use these two punches to make moons and to make Saturn-shaped rings, which G was quite good at. It’s a nice project for a smaller child because they can pick colors and punch the circles without help. Once you have your shapes cut, you sew them into a garland using your sewing machine. You can either stick with a single layer or sew two circles together and then fold them so that they make a 3 dimensional shape. Remember to leave long tails of thread at each end of the garland so that you can easily attach it wherever you like.
The Dude in his Garland Production Factory
There are also fancier punches (and I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing mommy a few fancier punches for her stocking), but I like the simplicity of the circles. You can make garlands for any occasion – black and orange for Halloween, red and pink for Valentine’s Day, or multi-colored for birthdays, etc. They are easy and a ton of fun for the kiddies – highly recommended. If you are looking for other last-minute holiday craft ideas, you can also check out my How-to’s, Tips, and Fun Things to Make Board on Pinterest. It includes almost 300 crafty ideas – some are inspirational photos, and others are tutorials with full instructions. Enjoy!