It is officially December 1st and I think we all know what that means, right? It’s time to jump into Blogmas! And something that I figured would be a super fun start into Blogmas and to get ourselves into the festive mood would be to DIY our very own Christmas Garland.
You might wonder why you should DIY one when you can just buy one – but where’s the fun in that? Plus, you get to completely customize this one to your liking and put the things you want on it. And don’t worry, this DIY project is super easy to do – I’m not that good with DIYs. xD
Let’s start this post off with a list of things you’ll need so you can gather everything:
- glue stick
- craft glue
- craft string
- small clothespins
- printer & paper
Step 1: Copy & Paste, Print & Cut Our Ornaments
To create this garland, I did a quick Google search for some Christmas ornaments I could print out and use as decorations for my garland. You can use whatever ones you like best – just make sure you’ve got a good amount – I went with a total of 24 (4 of each).
Once you’ve got everything printed, you’ll have to cut everything out – this might take a bit of time but that’s where Netflix or YouTube come in handy! You could even watch Christmas movies while you’re doing all of this – or Criminal Minds like I did. xD
Step 2: Glue Ornaments To Cardboard
Since we printed our ornaments on regular printer paper (or, I did) they aren’t really that sturdy and to make sure they actually last for more than just one Christmas season, I glued mine to some colorful cardboard I had leftover. You’ll have to do a second round of cutting out here so make sure you’re keeping yourself entertained. It helps quite a bit!
Step 3: Color In/Decorate Your Ornaments
It’s time to get some color going for our garlands! You can either use any kind of markers you have on hand or you could go all out and use various different types of ways and supplies to decorate your ornaments – do what works best for you!
Step 4: Cut Out Ornaments – Round 2
Now that we’ve got our ornaments all colored in and on that cardboard, it’s, unfortunately, time for a second round of cutting them out. But like I said, keep yourself entertained with some TV and time should fly by! 😉
Step 5: Glue Clothespin To Back Of Cardboard
Up next, we’ll attach our small clothespins to the back of our cut out cardboard ornaments with craft glue so we can pin them to our string in a bit. Make sure the opening of the pin is at the top of your ornament (I had a quick moment of panic about whether or not I put them on the right way…).
Step 6: Let Glue Dry
The craft glue is gonna need a bit of time to dry completely, so make sure you give it that. You could continue your movie or maybe pick up that book currently staring at you from your nightstand (/self-call-out) to pass the time.
Step 7: Pin Ornaments To String
Now it’s time to assamble our garlands! I printed 6 different ornaments (and 4 of each) to make sure I had a bit of variety going on once I put everything toghether and hung it up. You can arrange them whatever way you prefer, I simply reversed the order of the ornaments once i’d run through all 6 of them to keep it fun and still pretty organized looking.
Step 8: Attach Garland To Wall (or wherever you want to use it)
Okay, before you guys go about putting nails in walls or something else, make sure it’s actually okay for you to do it. I’m renting the place I live in, so I just used regular clear tape to attach my garland (I might have to put it back up a few times but that’s okay) to the wall.
Step 9: Admire Your Work (and send a picture to your siblings/friends too)
There’s nothing quite like looking at something you’ve done (no matter how small and easy the task may have been) so make sure you’re taking it in. 🙂 And depending on how creative and crafty you guys are your garlands will be even more awesome than my rather simple one!
Also, you could easily do this DIY project with your kids too! You could print out bigger and easy to color in ornaments and have your kids color them. Plus, they can put them up in their bedrooms and admire their handiwork!
Okay, phew! We’re done with our litle DIY project and surprisingly, this took quite a bit longer than I had originally anticipated. xD But it was a fun activity and an excuse to actually use all those markers that just sit in my desk drawer the majority of the year.
Are you guys fans of DIY projects? Can you see yourself recreating this? Either yourself or with your kids/nephews & nieces? Let me know in the comments down below! I’ll be waiting to chat to you guys. 🙂