Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Festive Garland, or Two

December, how you come so quickly..... And where is all that snow?
The decorations are slowly make their way out of storage. The warm weather in Ohio has made cutting a tree down not that fun. Am I really gonna say it? We need snow! We are holding out for one, or two more weeks & praying for white. I just can't picture getting our tree without the usual fun of ice cold hands, snow packed boots, and hot chocolate on the way home. Plus, our tree must last well into the new year to celebrate our Orthodox Christmas on January 7th. By the 8th, usually the tree is parched with bristles galore decorating the floor of our family room which was held warm and cozy by a non-stop woodburning stove. So today, I'm sharing with you one of the little ways we get the spirit of things moving in the home, besides Santa's and stockings. 
Here's a project I made with my little Kindergartner. It helped practice working with scissors, tracing, and of course, aesthetics.
Take a look at our Gingerbread boy and girl garland!
We got some printables from the Internet.
Cut them out and trace onto cardstock or scrapbooking paper. I finally got to use my heirloom cardstock from K*I Memories. It's beautiful! However, it's not double sided, and that would be the best way to go.

I cut them out, and we made little skirts and bows for the boys and girls.

I made a small slit on the hands and joined them together with small metal brads.

The ends were finished with a hole punch and two coordinating ribbons measuring 10inches.

This is a great project for kids with endless possibilities. Just for a thought, the bow ties could've been replaced with real ribbon ~ cut outs for eyes, hair and boots would be adorable. Our garland turned to two when we came across a star printout as well. We decided to join those together with ribbon instead of the brads. My little helper did a great job tracing and cutting stars and ribbon. This decoration is sure to last through the years.
Now...moving onto gingerbread cookies or muffins? You'll have to wait and see!
Happy Trails!


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