If a child lives in your home, the chances are good you have a collection of their art stashed in an ever growing pile. My kids love to color and paint and create, and their masterpieces start to really add up. I love their little creations, but I’m not trying to end up on Hoarders. You just can’t keep everything, right? I came up with a way to keep pieces of their paintings without hoarding and creating something lovely and decorative at the same time. I shared a garland we made for the Bear’s room here, and this time we decided to make a DIY holiday garland and love how it turned out. Read on to find out how to make one of your own.
You’ll need a collection of drawings or paintings. This project works best with toddler and preschool art because it is typically a little more “abstract”. If letting your kids paint intimidates you, read about how we finger paint without stress here.
Strategically punch out shapes from the paintings. You may have to cut pieces to get the look you want. I try to get a good mix of colors. After you get a pile punched, line them out how you want them to hang. I did mine about 4 inches apart. This will help you measure the string you need. I always leave a little extra when i cut the string in case I need more. Punch holes in the shapes and then let your child string them on your garland. This is great fine motor skill practice. If your child is older they can help with the punching as well.
Let them thread all of the shapes on to the string. We had a lot of fun with it. They were so excited to be making something with their artwork.
After the kids were done stringing the shapes on to the twine, I went back and knotted each piece in to place. Now it is ready to hang and decorate our home for Christmas.
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Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanakkuh, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati, New Year’s Eve… whatever you are celebrating during the November and December holiday season it is a busy time that can be taken over by stress, social engagements, financial worry, and anxiety. This year I want to have a festive family holiday full of joy without stress. I’m sharing 5 ways we can all simplify the holiday season so we can focus on the joy and share it with others. I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers from around the world for our Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a HUGE giveaway with 4 prize packages to take care of everyone on your shopping list plus links to find out how the other bloggers are sharing the joy of the season.
I LOVE decorating for Christmas. I long for a touch of Christmas cheer in every room of the house. The Bear’s room is a special challenge because he is now 18 months old and into EVERYTHING. He can reach to grab things off his shelves and has a special gift for taking things apart. I decided the answer was a toddler friendly mini tree, but my budget was only $5.
I found this mini tree in the dollar section at Target years ago, along with the hat topper and mini tree skirt. They cost $2 total. Target has mini tinsel trees right now, and all of their Christmas stuff will go on sale soon if it isn’t already.
I looked at mini tree ornaments at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Target, but most of what I found was either breakable or a choking hazard. Yikes. I remembered seeing a fun idea using plastic animals on Young House Love last year, but I couldn’t find the post and got frustrated. After strolling the aisles of Hobby Lobby I came across a big container of large red jingle bells on sale for $3.50. Jingle bells are festive, give a pop of color on my little silver tree, aren’t breakable, and are too big to be a choking hazard. Hooray! I bought white grosgrain ribbon on sale for $1 and pieces through each bell.
The Bear had a fabulous time playing with the bells and was able to help me decorate his tree. Hello, fine motor skill development! I love the simplicity and festiveness of his tree, and the fact that he can’t break it or hurt himself on it. Let’s call it a Christmas Mini Tree Miracle.
Here’s the toddler eye view. Shiny!
Do you decorate your kid’s rooms for Christmas? How do you make it kid proof?