I initially wrote this post a week ago after a very long day. My 2 year old refused to sleep that night (I usually write after everyone is asleep because there’s rarely time in the day to do so and then just schedule a publishing time) and I had written a long rant about how long it took me to complete this garland. It was just one of those crafting times where a lot of little things went wrong and chaos erupted all around the kitchen table that day.
And every time I read the post back, no matter how funny it seemed, it didn’t sit well with me. I thought to myself “Ok there Scrooge, it’s a Christmas garland. It’s a time to be merry and happy and drink copious amount of Bailey’s in your coffee. Not to whine about how the moose shapes didn’t turn out the way you wanted them to. There’s always next year. Get over it.”
So in the spirit of the Holiday season and how cheerful the finished products turned out, I’m shutting my trap on this one and just sharing it for anyone who is looking for festive decoration inspiration.
It’s a relatively easy craft to do. By relatively I mean don’t have your kids around when you’re trying to trace stencils onto paper and have your child sit terrified in your lap because the sounds of the circular saw from the front hallway are scaring the living daylights out of her (my husband was building shoe shelves in the closet).
Just trace and cut out some paper stars using a printable star template on the paper of your choice (I used red bristol board and striped shelf lining paper that I got at the thrift store). Fold the creases from each star point to the center and pinch on the front. Please excuse the world’s most unmanicured thumb. I didn’t use a bone folder for this, but if you’re very picky about the creases, then by all means use one or a ruler to to fold the paper over.
I hole punched 2 holes at the top of each star. Then I got some twine and jingle bells and threaded them through with a big yarn needle.
Fun. Happy. Festive. No whining about continuity on the picture ledges allowed. Did you notice the Where’s Waldo Gingerbread Man Christmas card that my daughter made on the shelf in some photos but not the others? No? Fantastic. I’ve done my job distracting you with stars.