Glittering Christmas trees brighten the eyes and excite the imagination. Kids love Christmas trees, and even little children can help to decorate the tree with these easy craft ideas for creating Christmas garlands. Great indoor projects for kids, these Christmas garlands can be made as a group activity, making them a perfect project for families with more than one child.
Green Paper Chain Christmas Garland
Make a recycled paper chain Christmas garland by using paper from old school work, junk mail, folded wrapping paper scraps, or paper bags. Kids can color these items, sprinkle them with glitter, and paint streaks of metallic gold and silver. If you are using newspapers or thin catalog paper, fold the paper in half and adhere the layers first for strength. Cut the decorated paper into strips and either staple or tape the strips into rings, attaching them as you go.
This Christmas craft project can be split into two days of activities. Decorate the papers the first day, and build the green paper chain Christmas garland the second day. Kids will have fun while learning about creative ways to recycle and being conscious of the environment.
Pine Cone Christmas Garland
Pine cones are great, natural supplies for kids crafts. Using regular kitchen string, kids can create a beautiful pine cone Christmas garland, as well as get plenty of exercise running around the yard to collect all of those pine cones! For a bit of sparkle, lightly roll the edges of the pine cones in glue, and dust them with different colors of glitter. For a snowy, natural look, tip the scales with a bit of white paint, and then add the glue and clear glitter.
Cut a length of string a bit longer than your intended garland. Cut plenty of small lengths of string about 6 inches long. You can soak the string in food coloring to make it red or green, if desired. Tie a small length of string around each pine cone between the bottom two layers of scales near the base. Tie the pine cones to the long string for the garland, in an alternating pattern. Kids will love looking at their pine cone Christmas garland sparkle amidst the twinkling Christmas lights.
Braided Fabric Christmas Garland
Re-purpose worn out clothing and fabric scraps into braided Christmas garlands for a unique holiday decoration. A country Christmas tree with hand sewn cloth ornaments and family photos give a cozy feel to the holiday. Braided Christmas garlands made from family items may hold special memories as well.
Old children’s clothes, scraps from the sewing kit, and worn out dresses provide a rich array of colorful designs from which to choose. Kids can cut or tear these items into thin strips and create a braided Christmas garland. A three strand braid is easy to make, and raw edges may be folded to the inside of the fabric strips prior to braiding them. Metallic fabrics add shimmer, and heavier ornaments can be hung from the completed braid.
Other popular Christmas garlands, like those made from popcorn or macaroni, are fun and easy to make as well. Kids can get excited about creating green Christmas tree garlands, and parents will enjoy seeing kids learning and occupied while saving money.