Holiday Garland

DIY holiday garlandHoliday Garland! This. was. so. fun! And… easy! All you need for this one, is time. Oh, and of course a little water, corn starch and baking soda. That’s it guys. This is the perfect “get the kids involved” project.

First up, get messy. Get some cornstarch on the counter, and mix your ingredients…

1/2 c corn starch
1 c baking soda, and
3/4 c water

(I actually halved this recipe, and it was PLENTY).

Pop it into a pot, and cook over medium heat, until it thickens up (after a couple minutes and looking like whipped potatoes). Remove the pot from the heat, and transfer the mixture into a bowl covered with a damp cloth until it cools down. Then knead, knead, knead and roll it out to 1/4″ thick. You can add more cornstarch if it’s still sticky.

Preheat your oven to 175F. Use cookie cutters, cut out your shapes and place onto a lined cookie sheet. (I used tin foil). Bake for 1 hour, turning over at the half-way point.

I am a little crazy, and wanted small stars… like, mini small. And, I got it in my head that this seems like something I could DIY. And, that story looks a little like this…

DIY holiday garland

I actually started with a pop can, but it fell apart. Boo. So, I thought a tetra pack seemed like a good second choice for a custom cookie cutter.

DIY holiday garland

I cut a strip out of it. Simple.

DIY holiday garland

And, shaped it into a mini star cookie cutter, then I secured the ends with tape. Voilá. A mini star cookie cutter.

Now the fun part! Cut those garland cookies!

DIY holiday garland

We were having a little too much fun, and didn’t think to take a picture until we were all done our cookie-cutting. Oops! But, you can see my homemade cookie cutter hung in there for the whole job! (A layer of corn starch on your counter will stop things from sticking to your counter and rolling pin).

Now, bake the shapes! Patiently. Any one else have trouble waiting for things to bake in the oven? Ya, me too. Especially an hour! But — it’s totally worth it — because you get these…

DIY holiday garland

Riiiiiiiight?! Aren’t they the sweetest?!

Ok. But right now they are just shapes in a bowl. Which is rad, but we’re making garland, here. So next up? The glue gun! Hands down my favourite crafting tool. Makes life so easy.

DIY holiday garland

I lined up my pieces, spaced out how I wanted them when strung up. That way all I had to do was dab, dab, dab, hot glue, all the way down the line, and then push my line of ‘invisible’ thread into each bead of glue. Make sure you leave a slack of thread on either end so you have some freedom when hanging up your holiday garland!

DIY holiday garland

I used a dab of hot glue on my window moulding to hang each string of stars. They are SUPER light, so no worries there… HOWEVER, be confident of the surface you are gluing them to. A glossy moulding in most cases will be fine, but you wouldn’t want this ripping the paint off of your walls… so, be careful! (You can always use tacks or those mini 3M strips too).

DIY holiday garland

So twinkly and pretty! We are actually in the process of building our fireplace mantel, so I may string a few up on our brick after we’re done… but, we’ll see…

DIY holiday garland

We are loving our little strings of stars and hearts. They are so festive and have a completely different feel during the day and night. Love that!

 

 

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