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Kid Craft: Paper Garland

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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!

See how we made these after the jump:

The materials needed for this is very minimal:
-String
-Glue sticks
-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…

 

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14 Comments

  1. Piggy Giggles says:

    Love this idea. I can see how kids would have a ton of fun using the whole punches. This could be a classy way to decorate for a party!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Brenda
    http://www.piggygiggles.com

  2. Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust says:

    Love this project & that you can do it with your little ones. Aren't hole punches da bomb?! Thanks so much for linking it up.

    Warmly, Michelle

  3. Lolly Jane says:

    Love how your little gal crafts in her costume- adorable! Garland turned out great- what a fun project! Hope you will show this off @ our weekend linky party going on! Happy Sunday!

    :)Kristi & Kelli
    http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/

  4. your little girls costume is too cute! my little girl wears hers constantly too! (They are expensive!) 🙂
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  5. La-Dee-da crafter says:

    my kids would love this! Thanks for sharing. following you now.
    ladeedacreations.com

  6. poindextr says:

    oh how I love a paper garland! cute cute cute!! looks like y'all had so much fun making it 🙂

  7. Ooo, those are nice. My son's birthday's coming up soon. I may have to do this rather than buy them & it'd be more personalized with the cardstock I have. Thanks! 🙂

    http://lifeaccordingtodamaris.com

  8. So adorable. I love your little girls outfit. I would love for you to stop by http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ on Monday to link up your garland and any other projects you would like to share.

  9. the kids a re so serious when working on the garland! lol then so happy to see it hanging up very pretty and festive
    KAT

  10. Seeing that picture of your kids brought me back…I would have a princess and a super hero crafting with me. Love it! We too are behind on our crafting but as seasonal campers we like to save it for the winter months.

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  11. I have been wanting to whip up some scrapbook paper garland for awhile. Thanks for the inspiration. New follower from Tip junkiie.
    Blessings…
    Saved By Love Creations