Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Paper Garland

It's time to start making Christmas crafts. My youngest two girls (ages 4 and 6) really enjoy making things. Today, we made paper garland, which is a traditional Swiss decoration. The girls had a blast and were pleased with their creations. We will probably make more to put on the window sills in their bedroom.

The project started by drawing a simple tree outline. The lower branches and base will keep the trees connected.

The tree outline is placed on a long sheet of paper. I used paper from a large sketching pad. The paper was cut in half lengthwise, then taped together to form a long, narrow sheet.

Fold the long sheet of paper back and forth, accordion style.

I gently taped the tree outline to the front of the long, folded sheet of paper. Cut the tree outline, being careful to not cut the branches and base where they connect to the next tree. For cleaner edges use a craft knife.

Unfold the paper and decorate the trees as desired. My two girls glued various sequins on the trees as ornaments.


Melanie said...

Those are adorable!

Glenda said...

Oh I love this - it is so pretty! I think my younger kids would really like to do this.

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