DIY JOY Holiday Banner/Garland


DIY JOY Holiday Banner/Garland

When it comes to the holidays, I’m normally kind of a Scrooge. I’m just not into traditional Christmas decor, and I find most holiday music grating. Some years I’ve even lobbied to skip getting a Christmas tree (Steven vetoed that). But this year I’m actually looking forward to the holiday season. I was even nodding along to Christmas songs the other day in the grocery store. My theory is that because of all we’ve been through over the past couple of months, I need a reason to celebrate. Whatever the explanation, I’ve found myself wanting to decorate for the season, and since we don’t have many decorations (see above), I’ve been trying to make a few. It doesn’t get much more festive than “JOY” in glitter, so I must really be coming around on the holidays (or else that head injury did more damage than I realized).
Make a glittery custom word holiday garland

Glitter paper (cardstock weight) – One 12×12-inch sheet if you want them all the same color
JOY template – Each letter is a separate image file: J O Y
Yarn or string
Make a custom holiday garland

1. Print out the letters (J O Y) and cut them out. They’re sized to all fit on one 12×12-inch piece of glitter paper, so if you want to make them all the same color, you’ll only need one glitter page. Place the template¬†backwards¬†on the backside of the glitter paper, trace around it, and cut it out. Repeat with all three letters.
Make a custom holiday garland
Make a custom holiday garland
2. On the backside of each letter, cut a small piece of straw and glue it near the top of the letter, as shown. This will be for the yarn/string to go through for hanging, so make sure they’re straight.
Make a custom holiday garland
3. After the glue has thoroughly dried, thread a piece of string or yarn through the straw pieces. If precise letter spacing is important to you, tie a small knot in the string before and after each piece of straw. (With such a short word, I didn’t find this necessary.)
Make a custom holiday garland

Happy holiday decorating!

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