After unpacking all our Christmas decor this year, I realized quickly that most of my holiday season was going to be just a series of me saying “don’t touch that!” while my kids continued their attempts to touch and rearrange all the breakable decorations that have lasted generations before them.
They just love being a part of the decorating process, but it’s hard when
1. The decorations are breakable (as previously mentioned) and
2. I like my Christmas decorations placed a certain way.
In an effort to keep all of us from going crazy, I whipped out the cookie cutters and made this cute little DIY Christmas garland craft with them.
We used our stocking cookie cutter to trace out the shapes, but you can use any Christmas themed shape you want!
I recommend tracing on sturdy card stock to give your shapes structure.
Then after I cut all the shapes out (this was the hardest part, but only because my kids were staring over my shoulder and begging me to hurry up the entire time!), I let the kids go crazy with the markers, decorating any way they wanted.
After that, all that was left was to make few hole punches, string some twine, and then hang it up.
As soon as I finished taking pictures, my kids wanted to move their stockings to their bedroom doors, which made their decorating feel even more personal.
I’m sure they’ll change their minds though, and be moving them all around the house in the coming weeks.
That’s okay, because it’s not breakable and it’s easy to remake if the paper gets ripped.
The whole craft took only around ten minutes of effort from me, but provided a solid half hour of coloring time for my kids, and they were so excited to contribute to the Christmas decorating fun!
- 5 pieces Card stock
- 1 Scissors
- Cookie Cutters
- Markers, colored pencils, paint
- Hole punch
- Trace shapes on card stock using the cookie cutters.
- Cut out shapes.
- Decorate shapes.
- Punch holes in the shapes for the twine.
- Thread the twine through the shapes to create the garland.