DIY: Paper Christmas Lights Garland

Paper Christmas Lights

I really love the idea of lots and lots of homemade things for Christmastime. It’s a spectacular time of year and there’s so many cute little things that just make the holiday soar. I’m sure you all have had a time in your lives where your Christmas tree was overtaken by little stick contraptions and hand print painted something-or-others from your child’s years of doing crafts at school.

Paper Christmas Lights

And that doesn’t just include the Christmas tree. Finger paintings adorn the fridge, clay bowls line the mantle, etc. You name it, it’s probably covered with some type of handmade craft from your child.¬†Well, children aren’t the only ones who get to the flood the house with fun little crafts.

Paper Christmas Lights

Now, I’m not the most creative or crafty woman in the world. (There was a reason I could never do improv in all my years of music training!!!) But I’m a sucker for all these fancy little crafts that pop up all over Pinterest and Facebook, especially Pinterest. I look at them and think, “How cool would it be if I could ACTUALLY do that myself?” And then I pin it away and rarely take the time to try anything. (SHAME ON ME!!!)

Paper Christmas Lights

Well, this Christmas, I just couldn’t let it go. I saw a simple craft pop up that I really thought I could nail. Well, let’s just say I was right. Even Mr. H said my little paper lights looked good. (Yay for me!) I did a little happy dance in my head because I was also working on writing this post at the same time.

This is a kid friendly craft, IF your child is old enough to handle scissors. Otherwise, cut the strips for them, then let them do the assembly. If you choose bright enough cardstock, the colors really pop and are super fun to look at. I decided to pop my little line of lights on my tree because it’s a little bare this year. (C-Man is about to be two and he tries to pull down ALL of my ornaments!) I put it up there to add a little fun to my tree.

DIY: Paper Christmas Lights Garland

DIY: Paper Christmas Lights Garland

Ingredients

  • Gray cardstock
  • Colored cardstock in colors of choice
  • Glue gun or paper glue
  • Hole punch
  • Scoring blade or other scoring tool
  • Twine, ribbon, or yarn

Instructions

  1. Cut out your gray cardstock in 1 1/4 inch x 4 inch strips.
  2. Cut out your colored cardstock in 1 inch x 8.5 inch strips.
  3. Score gray cardstock every 1/2 inch.
  4. Place a mark half way down at the 1 1/4 inch and 2 3/4 inch points.
  5. Punch a hole at these two marks with the hole punch.
  6. Glue the end two 1/2 inch portions together.
  7. Take the colored strips, fold in half and gently crease.
  8. Pinch the open ends together, punch a hole near the top, centered on the strip.
  9. Glue the end together around the hole.
  10. Hold the glued end pinched between your thumb and index finger.
  11. Pressed creased end into the palm of your hand and release. It should take the form of a Christmas light.
  12. Thread twine/ribbon/yarn through one hole of the gray cardstock, then through a colored strip, then through the other hole in the gray cardstock.
  13. Once all lights are strung, hang in desired location and enjoy!
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