My children love doing crafts with me and I wanted something simple enough for them to do and yet would still look elegant on our tree. My children who are three, five, and seven, all loved making these ribbon garlands! Make it as long or as short as you like. This is a great project to set aside and pick up again whenever you have a few spare moments or a few spare friends to help!
Really this can be made for any special occasion i.e. birthdays, Easter, graduation, etc. depending on the colors you use, but I find Christmas is my favorite time to decorate.
Put on your favorite Christmas playlist, grab some ribbon and start gluing!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
~hot glue gun
~hot glue sticks
~exacto knife or razor blade
~ empty wrapping paper tube with about a 2" diameter
Step 2: Wrap Ribbon
Step 3: Cut the Ribbon
If you have additional colors, repeat the wrapping and cutting of the ribbon until all of your colors are the proper length.
Step 4: Glue Ribbons
Take your next piece of ribbon, alternating colors if desired, and place it through the first link. Put a small dab of glue on one end and bring together to make a ring looped around the first link.
Continue repeating this step until your garland is the desired length, or your ribbon is gone, or your Christmas playlist has repeated too many times for you to stay in the Christmas spirit.
*Caution: Help children handle the hot glue gun. My children took a while to get the ribbon into a ring after putting on the glue. I thought the glue might dry before they could put it together, but it ended up being the perfect amount of time for the glue to cool to the touch and still stick.
Step 5: Oops!
Step 6: Hang the Garland
If you are hanging it as a border, count out the links and use a thumbtack or tape every tenth link i.e. to keep it looking evenly spaced.
Hanging the garland may prove to be complicated as you realize you want one over there, and over there, and around that, and up there......
You better keep the ribbon handy, these are just too satisfying to only make one!