Tuesday, December 1, 2015 / 31 Comments

How to Make Your Own $3 Gingerbread Garland


Happy December. Today I needed a craft to work on my step-mom's dexterity and to decorate her house. We weren't wanting to spend a lot of money so a trip to Dollar Tree was well worth it. We spent $2 on foam glittered gingerbread men and ornaments and $1 on twine.

1 hour later we had this adorable homemade gingerbread garland that we love ❤️.

Tools you need

2 packages of foam cut-outs
1 ball of string
1 whole punch
Step stool

  First, we decided what pattern we wanted. We opted to alternate gingerbread man then ornament.

Second, Take the first cut-out and punch two holes in it and put the end of the string through.

Third, Turn over the ornament and tie it so the string doesn't fall through.

Fourth, cut off the length of string you need for where you are making the garland for. For us, it was about 8 feet.

Fifth, punch a hole in the middle of your cut-out.

Sixth, fish the string through your cut-outs. 

Seventh, take a piece of scotch tape and use it to temporarily hold each piece in place.

Eighth, stretch out the string making sure you have all the cut-outs on you need.

  Ninth, double punch the last cut-out and  put your last cut-out on and tie a knot, then make a loop, so it keeps the cut-outs from falling off. The loop lets you loop the garland on a curtain rod or nail when you hang it.

And last but not least hang your garland.

They turn out super cute and you can make any design you like. The sky is the limit.

It was a simple project that added a lot of punch without a big hit to the budget. 

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Have you started decorating?

Hugs from Oklahoma,

🍒 Valerie

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  1. I saw those gingerbread men at the dollar store today and thought they were awfully cute. Love your garland! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  2. Oh, these are adorable! I love gingerbread men. This is a darling craft and thanks for sharing it with us at No Place Like Home.

    Christmas blessings,

  3. Love gingerbread decorations so will be giving this garland a try.

  4. This is adorable. I'm pinning for later. My kiddos will enjoy crafting this for the house during the upcoming holidays. Thanks for such a great tutorial.

  5. This will be a great project for my preschooler in December. Thanks :)

  6. so budget friendly! what a great family craft

  7. I have a few friends with kiddies who will love this project! Thanks!

  8. I love DIY garlands! This is so cute!

  9. Oh gosh, this makes me so unbelievably excited for Christmas. I still have my decorations packed away in their boxes. But, I have a feeling they'll be making their debut this weekend!

  10. This is such a great idea! I need to try this with my kids. My daughter would especially love this.

  11. That is so cool! From the dollar store? I'm going to have to take a drive and see what they have for me to pick up to make this with!

  12. I'm definitely making this with my kids. Love the idea

  13. This is so cute! I love garlands at Christmas and this one looks like it would suit my theme!

  14. What a great project to do with kids. Perfect idea to do during holidays :)

  15. This is such a fun idea and so affordable! Great way to bond with friends and family as well, I'm guessing!

    Sondra Barker
    Pretty Fit Foodie

  16. Wow, this is so fun to make! And also easy for kids to make their own Christmas decor. 👍

  17. Love this, can't wait for Xmas :)

  18. What a beautiful garland, I am loving how inexpensive this craft really is. Thanks for the step by step.

  19. These are seriously cute. Now I have something to do with my god-children. Thank you!

  20. Christmas needs more gingerbread men. What a cute (and brilliant) way to incorporate them into your decorations. What a great idea! These will be hanging from the windows of our boys bedrooms today.

  21. Such a fun tutorial! You had me at glitter, lol. I love that it all came from the dollar store. My kids will totally love doing this.

  22. This is such a cute idea! I am always looking for a pretty decoration to make and this one is perfect. I love the sparkle and colors, I think it would go perfectly with my Christmas decor already in place.

  23. HOw cute! Looks like a great craft to do with my kiddos. I think it would look great on our banister on the stairs. Ginger bread men are so cute!

  24. This looks pretty simple enough, so it works for me! The kids would love to make this...they are ALL about sparkle right now!

  25. Those are super cute. I want to make something like this and I think my kids can do this over the weekend!!

  26. This gingerbread garland is so cute and adds just enough holiday cheer and sparkle to window. My kids would love to help me make something like this. I can see it on our Christmas tree, too.

  27. OMG this came out so cute! I love this idea - DIYing Christmas decor is one of the most fun things in the world! I love how sparkly it is - I would love to try it in additional shapes too! Love this, thank you for sharing! -Jennifer

  28. This looks like it would be such a fun DIY to do with the kids! I love the glitter - it's so pretty! I'd love to try this out sometime! Thanks for sharing such a fun project, yay! -Lynzy

  29. This is so cute and your instructions are so clear so I bet I can easily make this one. :D Thank you for sharing! My apartment needs some holiday cheer ;)


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