Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DIY Easter Decorations: Simple Cross Garland

We love making a big, huge, wonder-filled deal out of Easter, because this holiday commemorates the most wonderful event ever to happen in history, the Resurrection. But sometimes simple holiday preparations are all that can happen.

Last year we had the wonderful privilege of both sides of our family coming to visit us in the spring. Both visits were awesome and amazing in themselves, and if people are willing to travel half-way around the world to see you, you make the time. But Easter was in the middle of the visits, so our preparations got simplified.

I'm going to share a few of the decorations and projects we made, even thought they are far from perfect, because sometimes (many times in fact), done is better than perfect. Sometimes you need to just go ahead and do it now, or nothing will ever get done. Maybe someone else will be inspired by this humble decorating project.

This very simple cross garland added a burst of color to our dark dining room and reminded us of the reason we celebrate

Simple Cross Garland

  • Paper (We used colored cardstock, but you could make virtually kind of paper work)
  • Something to decorate with (We used stamps and markers)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Straw to use for a needle to string the garland
  1. First I drew and cut out the paper crosses. I flared the ends slightly to give them a little bit of a Celtic feel. Or you could have your children cut out the crosses for cutting practice.
  2. Then I punched holes in both of the short sides of each cross.
  3. Next I called my boys and let the decorate them however they wanted with the stamps and markers that I had already chosen and laid out.
  4. Finally I let them take turns stringing the garland, similar to how we did this Valentine's Day garland, just showing them how to make a pattern with the different colors of crosses.
Done and ready to enjoy!

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