We’ve been so busy around here with family visits, the holiday and vacation, we are a little behind on our craft schedule. I had planned on taking it easy this week with the kids, but I just got the good news we will be starting on my kitchen backsplash tomorrow!!! Yea! I have been waiting over a year to get this done! (Leaving in a little while to go pick out the materials…)
Luckily, we were able to squeeze in our craft this afternoon. Today, we made Easy Paper Garland.
My two little ones really enjoyed this craft. They absolutely love using my scrapbooking punches to punch out shapes. I must have about 30 different shapes I have collected over the last 10 years. I now have to keep them put away on a high shelf, unless I want to see little paper hearts, squares, circles, stars and flowers everywhere!
The materials needed for this is very minimal:
-Patterened paper or plain paper that the kids can decorate themselves
-Scissors or a large punch. If you don’t have a punch large enough, I recommend just drawing simple shapes that your kids (or you) can cut out. A long skinny rectangle would be good because you can fold it over on it self instead of gluing two shapes together.
How we did it:
I just gave the kids some paper and let them loose punching out their own shapes. My daughter did about 22 and son did around 28.
After they punched out the shapes, I helped them lay out the order of the patterned paper punches. One punch for the top and one for the bottom, and I cut the string to the length needed. (Plus a little extra length just in case…)
Next they coated the back of the top punch with the glue.
Then I carefully sandwiched the string in between the front and back punches, like this:
Tada! A cute little banner to decorate an empty wall…