The other day I shared our Tie Dye Paper Towel Art Project you can do with your toddler on up. Today I want to show you what we did with all those beautiful paper towels. It wasn’t actually we. It was more like me on a super duper arts and crafts day bender. My girls are way too young for this, but yours may not be or you can totally craft out like I did and make this easy holiday garland decoration for the upcoming holiday season. Pretty pretty for paper towels right? Keep reading to see how you can make this too. It’s really fun.
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First, you’ll need some paper towel art. See how to do that here. Once you have all your paper towels ready to go, fold them in half and cut them down the middle. The paper towels I used had perforations every 5 inches or so. You’ll end up with little squares folded in half like the ones you see above and below.
I really wanted to do a free printable for this post, but what can I say, my kids puked last night and my dog peed all over the place and my husband was out of town and blah blah blah, I couldn’t swing it. I’m hoping these pics make the drawings look really doable and you can cut your own templates if you decide to give this a try. I did candy canes, dreidels, christmas trees, pumpkins and bats. You could add santa hats, stockings, jewish stars, anything. Draw and cut out your shape on sturdy paper and then trace it onto a folded paper towel then cut it out.
*The trick to this garland is to cut the shapes on the fold and leave a little bit uncut so you can hang the shapes on the string with ease. No hole punching or taping or glueing. Just hang the folded part right over the string. I had seen something like this done years ago with animal cutouts and I always thought it was the most clever technique going. You’ll probably see it from me a lot more because it’s really freaking easy and I always have the hardest time stringing garlands for some reason. They always look kind of lame for some reason and this one looks pretty darn cute.
After you cut out all your shapes and string them up, don’t throw out the scraps! Stay tuned for something really awesome to do with them your kids will love.
I kinda love our holiday garland. I love that the girls made the paper towel art and I love that I can keep it up all season. It looks really pretty on the baker’s twine and washi tape makes everything look nicer doesn’t it?
Happy holidays everyone! Is it too early to say that? Blogging makes you think way too much in advance. If you’re ready to bring on the holidays try this Christmas Art Process and these cool Christmas tree crafts. Thanks for reading along. Meri