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Bull City Craft: Painted paper Christmas garlands

Posted December 21, 2015

Courtesy: Bull City Craft

I’m always looking for ways to make something out of the piles and piles of paper that my daughter paints. This paper garland craft is an easy way to use children’s artwork that is headed for the recycling bin or even old Christmas cards or holiday catalogs. The finished garland can be hung on the wall, over a doorway, along the fireplace mantle or even draped around the tree.

Painted Paper Garland


An assortment of painted papers, old holiday cards, or cardstock
2” circle punch
hole punch
gold paper (we used wrapping paper)
wavy paper edgers (optional)
glue stick
yarn or baker’s twine
embroidery needle (optional)

Use the 2” circle punch to cut out circles. We used 15 circles, but we punched a lot more just because it’s fun!

Cut small rectangles about 1” x .5” out of the gold paper. If you have them, use decorative paper edgers to trim the bottom edge.

Glue the gold pieces to the tops of the circles, overlapping just slightly. The pieces should now look like ball ornaments.

Punch a hole on the top of each gold paper.

String the paper ornaments on the baker’s twine or yarn, tying a knot so that each ornament hangs from a little loop. A large needle is helpful but not necessary. Space out the paper ornaments so that they hang about 4” to 5” apart.

For an easier version, skip the gold paper and simply punch a hole directly in each 2” circle and string them together.

Jessica is a Durham mom of one and Bull City Craft owner. Bull City Craft, a favorite craft and activity store in Durham, has had some changes in 2015. It moved into a small space at the Golden Belt complex in Durham. It's working on plans to open a larger space at Homestead Market Shopping Center on Highway 54 in Durham in 2016. That space will host birthday parties, preschool programs and more.


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