I love being creative, especially at Christmas. This year, I’m on a garland kick. I’ve been making them as gifts, to decorate my home, to put on packages – I’m having so much fun. As with all my creative projects, I like to look around in cabinets, drawers and old trunks for crafty things I can use before running out to the store to buy anything. For my garland fun, I gathered mini canapé cutters, twine, cording, sequins, a hole punch, pom poms, colored pencils, cinnamon sticks and card stock. I did some prep work by dehydrating oranges several weeks ago (I used blood oranges – what a beautiful color) and I did purchase some gumdrops and miniature candy canes.
After gathering what I needed, it was time for some serious creative fun.
I traced shapes on card stock and hand-drew letters for the garlands that used words.
I made a garland that says ‘Christmas’ and hung it on my calendar.
This one says ‘Rejoice’ above the manger scene.
I took my kitchen curtain down for the season and hung four garlands in the kitchen window, sticking with a kitchen theme of gingerbread, gumdrops, peppermint and oranges with cinnamon sticks.
If you like being creative, try making some garlands. It’s so relaxing and you’ll love it!