Nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned garland, right? But rather than going out and buying one, why not create one together as a family?
Your homemade garland is sure to have a lot more character than anything you could find in a store, and you won’t believe the awesome workout your kids’ fine motor skills will get from creating one of these beauties!
|| 1 || Watercolor Garland from Art Bar
When I saw this gorgeous kid-created garland, it was love at first sight (but then again, that’s how I feel about most things over at Art Bar). Set your kiddos up with some paper, paints in holiday colors, and a bunch of q-tips and the rest will be history.
|| 2 || Folded Paper Garland from Minieco
This colorful garland is amazing for working on fine motor skills with kids. There’s tons of cutting and folding involved – warm up those Super Fingers! Older kids could probably do the majority of this project, while younger kids might be able to help with the cutting while a grownup does the folding.
|| 3 || Snowflake Suncatcher Garland from Homegrown Friends
This pretty garland is another one you’ll want to keep hanging up all winter long. And, you’ll get a little bit of everything – tactile sensory play, hand strengthening, and fine motor fun all rolled into one great project!
|| 4 || Paper Snowflakes Garland from In My Own Style
I loved this one because it would be great to leave up all winter long! Again – there’s more great practice with scissors here for older kids who are a little more experienced with scissors. But even young children can help with cutting out the shapes for a simple paper snowflake!
|| 5 || Cupcake Liner Garland from One Perfect Day
Here’s some more great folding practice for little fingers – and this one is simple enough for younger preschool-aged kids too!
|| 6 || Easy Holiday Garland for Kids from The Inspired Treehouse
This simple paper garland is a great way for kids to work on using two hands together, as they string each paper onto the twine. It’s also a nice keepsake and a great way for each member of the family to be involved.
|| 7 || Countdown to Christmas Garland from Stitch/Craft
This one definitely takes some sewing know-how, but man, it would be so great for helping kids practice with clothing fasteners! Think of all of that repeated practice with buttoning as they put each link on the chain!
|| 8 || Zig Zag Accordion Streamers from Oh Happy Day
Kids’ simple little scissor snips result in big fun with these fun streamers that would be perfect for a holiday party!
|| 9 || Sewn paper garland from Minieco
Cutting simple strips of paper is a great way to get even the youngest little elves in on the garland-making action! And you’ll need tons of little strips to make this beautiful paper garland – mom or dad will have to help with the sewing, but it’s so simple I think even I could take this one on!
|| 10 || Bow Tie Fabric Garland from The Inspired Treehouse
For kids who are getting ready to learn how to tie their shoes – try this simple tied fabric or ribbon garland. Kids can tie simple little knots or they can move onto tying bows when they start getting the hang of it!
What are the coolest holiday decorations you’ve made with your little ones? We’d love to hear about them! Post a comment below or leave us a picture over on our Facebook page!
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