This is a fun little craft you can do to make your house a little more festive this season! It’s quick and easy and great to make with kids who like to paint. I had the idea to do festive doors as you see so many lovely doors at Christmas-time all dressed up with wreaths and garlands and even the doors themselves are lovely and ornate and have beautiful little details to replicate in a painted garland.
The best part of this craft is it is also low-waste as you can use any old cardboard envelopes or thin cardboard boxes (the thicker ones are a bit tricky to cut the shapes) and many people have an abundance of these coming in at this time of year.
I will include a printable outline for the door shape you can cut out and trace onto card in both large (about 8 inches tall) size and mini (about 5 inches).
Making the festive door garland
what you will need
- Recycled cardboard or brown Kraft paper cardstock
- White gouache paint
- Thin and medium thickness paintbrushes
- Festive ribbon or twine
- Antique-look bells or other trimmings
- Print out door template (if using), trace onto cardboard, and cut out.
- Find some inspiration for festive-looking doors either in your neighbourhood or by searching online! Make some quick sketches so you have a few ideas to work with. You can reuse similar elements and mix and match to make your doors unique.
- Using white gouache paint and thin to medium paint brushes, start to paint designs on your door shapes.
- When all your doors are painted and dried, add holes to the top, string some festive ribbon or twine through and add bells or other embellishments as you please! I thought it would be nice to add some greenery around each door but didn’t get to it this time.