Friday, October 5, 2012

Make a Halloween Garland

I made some Halloween garland cut outs for the kids just like we use to make paper dolls or snow flakes by folding paper and then cutting out a silhouette.  We made pumpkins, scarecrows and ghost. 

I used regular 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 printer paper and folded it into fourths; drew on my design, and cut them out. My six year old had a hard time with the scare crow cut out but handled the pumpkins and ghost pretty well. I found that placing a small bit of tape in a couple of places helped my girl with cutting it out by keeping the edges closed and lined up.

After they are cut out they can be painted or colored with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Use colored paper instead of white paper for the cuts outs as I did in top photo; orange paper for the pumpkins, then colored the stems.

Tape them together after they are cut out to make a garland as long as you want. 

I'm sure you could use all sorts of things as an inspiration to make your own template. Try cookie cutters, coloring pages, or even clip art. You just need to use a size that will fit on your folded paper going slightly off the edges so it connects to the next cut out after it is cut. Remember to not cut a section on the edges where the folds are.

I had planned to make the templates printable here for you but I'm afraid I couldn't figure out how to make the template, scan it in, turn it into a pdf, and have it print out the rite size. I work HOURS trying to make it and I'm so tired now I'm just giving up. I really wanted to give you the template! If anyone out there knows how to help me please speak up. I hope to be able to have a printable soon so and I will update here when I do, so come back later if you want one ok? 

In the mean time, here is the pic of the template I drew, click and save as image. Then to print, choose full page photo. That gets it pretty close to the right size. Maybe you can save it as an image and print it out to use.

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  1. those little ghosts are my so CUTE ! Bet the kids had a blast....

  2. Too fun. I love the pumpkins. We may have to give that a try this week - but first, today, we're makin' scarecrows - hooray :)

  3. What fun! I was just thinking I should finally take down the birthday decorations and put up some ghosts! LOVE the new theme look! Hope you are feeling great!

  4. How fun! I love that you made them all link together by folding the paper like that. Kinda like those fun folded paper snowflakes, but a garland instead! Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  5. What a fun project for the kids. I did think that the scarecrows looked a bit difficult. Great job coming up with the cutout shapes. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. Sorry I'm no help with the PDF.

  6. How fun! I love the scarecrows! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

  7. Super cute project for the kiddos! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  8. Great project - thanks for sharing. Joining from Wow us Wednesday -


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