What are you doing this weekend? If you’re like the rest of the country, you’re probably baking and entertaining and shopping and wrapping. Maybe you’re addressing your holiday cards while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Is there time to squeeze in a quick decorating DIY? Yes! And I have a free printable for you to make it easy.
For the simple accordion folded garland above, I printed the letters needed on sticker paper I found at Paper Source. I then used a 1-inch circle punch to cut the letters and adhered them to the “garland.” So simple. I created free printables of several color combos so you can make your own garland.
1. Use a 2-inch paper punch to create 18 circles of patterned paper or card stock.
2. Print* one of the PDF templates below and use a 1-inch paper punch to cut out each letter.
3. Adhere one letter to each patterned circle.
4. Use a needle to thread the circles on a piece of embroidery floss or twine.
5. Hang above your bed, from your mantle, or use the garland to wrap a gift.
Have you ever looked around after completing your holiday decorating and thought – it needs something. Maybe it’s more color, more shine, or something new to rest on that shelf you hung a few months ago. Garlands to the rescue! Here are three easy-to-make garlands that will add that needed finishing touch to your holiday decorations.
1. Fa La La Garland This is an accordion garland perfect for a mantle, a desk , a coffee table or as the centerpiece on your holiday buffet. Simply decide what you want to spell out and how long it needs to be and that will determine how many folds you need in your garland. I glued several pieces of card stock end to end to have the length I needed. You can decorate each folded piece in numerous ways. I went for a Nordic/ski lodge feel and used printed letters on stickers to spell out the fa la la. The best part is it folds up neatly which makes it easy to move and store.
2. Santa Hat Garland I collect Santas so I wanted to make a garland that worked well with my collection. For this garland I cut diamond shapes out of red card stock and folded them over bakers twine to form the hats. I folded a white card stock rectangle over each hat for the white fur, and glued a white pompom on each tip. I alternated the hats with tiny jingle bells which I think makes the garland a little more fun. Be sure to use good glue to keep the hats in place. (Note: the card stock was more difficult to keep glued together but regular paper may not be sturdy enough.)
3. Christmas Lights Garland When I was in grade school my dad would line the eaves of our house with big, old-fashioned Christmas lights. I could see them out my bedroom window and sometimes they would be covered in snow, creating a soft glow of red, green, orange and blue. There’s no snow where I live now but I figured out a way to get a colorful holiday glow in my windows.
To make this garland, I used these directions for crayon hearts and this punch from EK Success. (Looks like the punch is discontinued but you could cut the shape by hand.) I spaced the lights out along a piece of black embroidery floss and glued each one to a piece of folded black construction paper. I love how the light shines through the melted crayons making unique patterns on each bulb. This one’s probably my favorite.
When I was little, we always had an advent calendar. They were made of paper and generally depicted a manger scene, but sometimes the image was secular like the Santa advent calendar shown above. Every day my brother and I would take turns opening the tiny paper windows to reveal an image related to Christmas – a star, an angel, a bough of holly. Advent calendars were special and glittery and, at once, increased anticipation and managed expectations. There’s no need to ask, “how many days ’til Christmas?” when there’s an advent calendar in your home.
Advent calendars have morphed (especially if there are kids in the house) from a daily, brief moment of wonder to the added pressure of coming up with 24 tiny gifts or activities to enjoy every day. If you’re scrambling to come up with a last-minute advent calendar, here are five easy-to make versions made with materials that are easy-to-find or you may already have around your house or in your stash of craft supplies.
May Day – May 1st – is traditionally a day to acknowledge the coming of summer. To celebrate, some communities host Maypole dances, public garden clean-up events, or picnics in the park. One May Day tradition I always wanted to try is the secret hanging of May Day baskets filled with flowers on the doorknobs of neighboring homes.
Instead of baskets, I made simple paper cones to fill with flowers. (Here are the directions.) Below are some of the May Day paper cones I made to hang over doorknobs and chair backs, both inside and out.