Christmas Garland Easy Preschool Craft
A Christmas garland is a fun and easy decoration for kids to make. This simple banner is made with recycled egg cartons and craft paint. The beautiful result can be displayed in the home or classroom at Christmas time.
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If eggs are a common food in your family, egg cups will be easy to recycle for this activity. If not, you can always collect a few empty cartons from parents or neighbors.
Crafts made with recyclables are some of our favorites, and I'm sure yours as well. As parents and teachers we love the low cost - and environmentally friendly aspect - of using recyclables in crafts.
Related: Egg carton Easter eggs
How to make an egg cup garland
1. Prepare the egg cups.
The photo shows the steps to take the egg cups from the egg carton to ready for painting!
- Separate the egg cups from the egg carton.
- Trim the rough edges from each cup.
- Hole punch opposite sides near the bottom of each cup.
Note: Hole punching can be done before or after you paint.
2. Paint the egg cups.
3. Lace the egg cups onto a length of narrow ribbon.
Pull the loose end of the narrow ribbon through the eye of a plastic darning needle. Tape or tie the end so it doesn't pull back through the hole. The darning needle makes it easy for kids to thread each egg cup onto the ribbon.
I set the spool of narrow ribbon on the table and let it uncurl as needed. This allowed just the right amount of ribbon to be used.
How to display your garland
Hang the garland on the Christmas tree or drape it across a mantle or window.
You can even write a message on your garland!
This simple craft is fun for kids any time of year.
The theme can be changed to match the season or event such as spring, Easter or Halloween.
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