Monday Make A- Garlands For Kids to Make

November 2, 2009 at 10:42 am (Bird Feeder, Children, Christmas, Crafts, Decoration, Family, Fun, Garland, Home, Kids, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch)

Garlands For Kids to Make
From by MamaWitch’s Pagan Parent site,

Construction Paper Garlands
Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue or Stapler or Tape
  • Tape or Thumbtacks

Select the colors of construction paper you want to use. Cut all the paper into strips between 1 and 2 inches wide. Make the first loop: Fasten the ends together so that the strip forms a circle. If you use glue, let the glue dry a little bit before continuing. All other loops: Pass one end of the construction paper through the previous loop. Fasten the ends into the new loop. Continue until the garland is the length you desire. Attach to walls, shelves, doorways with tape or thumbtacks.

Popcorn Garlands
Materials:

  • Plain popped corn
  • berries
  • Dental floss (extra fine, unwaxed)
  • Large needle (it should be sharp enough to pierce berries and nuts) all the things you will put on the garland

***(Swampy’s note: Stale popcorn works better to string than does fresh. Freshly popped corn will split in pieces easier. Stale popcorn gets sort of mooshy so that it doesn’t shatter when you stick a needle into it) I like to use dental floss, because it is really hard to break.

Measure out a length of dental floss. 4 to 6 feet (an arm’s length) is good; any longer and you have potential knot problems. If you want a really long garland, tie several together. Thread the needle. Tie a big knot at the far end. An alternative is to leave a couple of inches at the end and tie a loop around the first thing you string on the garland. Pass the needle through the popcorn. If you children are too young to handle sharp needles, they can move the popcorn down the length of the floss to the knot. Continue stringing until the garland is full. Hang the garland inside or outside. Remember that popcorn tends to "melt" in the rain. Also, if it’s an outside garland, the creatures will probably eat everything in a couple of days, so if you put it out early, it won’t last… If you are planning the bird-food garland, consider hanging suet (animal fat) from the garland. Birds really like that when it’s cold outside. These can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to make sure the popcorn goes on the garland and not in your mouth!

***A variation: Add berries, popcorn, and seeds for an outdoor garland for the birds and small animals that share your space. Remember it’s winter for them and they will appreciate the treat!

You can make garlands out of Construction paper, Popcorn, Live or artificial evergreen branches, Holly, or any other material that can be strung.

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