A Modern Layered-Patten Winter Garland (and pattern plates for toddlers!)

Hello Friends and welcome!

Craftmas is finally here, and I have one truly special guest blogger for you. Amanda from @barleyandbirch. If you do not follow Amanda you need too! She is one seriously hip craftista and totally deserves the blog love.
I am totally chuffed to have her as a guest post on my shiny new blog. I AM TOTALLY LOVING her super amazing Christmas craft. Please see below for the low down on how you can make this craft for yourself! H x

A Modern Layered-Patten Winter Garland (and pattern plates for toddlers!

For anyone trying to entertain kiddos while simultaneously navigating your way through a hectic holiday schedule - this craft is for you. This easy project is one of my favorites because it’s super versatile, keeps the mess to a minimum and looks fantastically hip! By combining our tree template printable and some patterned or colored transparency sheets, you can create tons of interactive activities for kids of all ages! Older kids will have fun playing with pattern and color combinations to make their own modern garlands, while younger littles can explore colors, shapes and light with some simple stackable pattern plates you can put together in about 15 minutes. The colorful trees are a tribute to the season that make a perfect holiday decoration, but can brighten up a room all winter or Summer long! -- depending where in the world you are enjoying the festive season.

You’ll Need:

A few sheets of heavy cardstock (in any colors you want!)
Our tree template and pattern printable - link to: https://barleyandbirch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/bandb-2017-Holiday-Tree-Pattern-Printable.zip
Printable transparency sheets (like these) - link to: https://www.amazon.com/Grafix-2-Inch-11-Inch-6-Pack-Clear/dp/B000XALNPI/ref=pd_sim_201_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RCHF9CSGYFJ748N8FC85
Scissors and/or an X-Acto knife
A clear-drying glue stick or craft glue
A hole punch
A piece of ribbon, twine yarn or string


Clear transparency sheets and permanent markers (to make your own pattern sheets)
Blank colored transparency sheets
Bells or other extras to add to your garland!
A ruler (to help with straight-edge cutting)


Step 1: Print your selected tree templates out on a heavy cardstock, and your selected patterns on inkjet transparency sheets. If you’d rather not use the inkjet transparency sheets, you can create your own by using  permanent markers in different colors on clear transparency sheets.

Step 2: Cut along the outside of your tree templates, and cut the patterned transparency sheets along the dotted lines.

Step 3: Using an X-Acto knife or small scissors to cut out the inner pieces of the tree templates. If you’re making the pattern plates or want to make a see-through suncatcher garland, you’ll cut out both sides of the trees. If you’re making a garland to hang against a wall, you’ll only cut out one side (there are templates for both options included in the printable!)

Step 4: Pick your patterns! For the pattern plates, I like to keep it simple for toddlers and only use one pattern sheet per plate. Older kids can mix and match the patterns for their trees, layering as many as they want. You can also throw plain colored transparencies in the mix for some fun color layering! Cover each cut out side of your template with a layer of clear-drying glue and glue down the transparency sheet.

Step 5: Add another layer of glue around the edge of your tree template and fold your trees over so they meet at the edges.

Step 6: Cut around the edges to get rid of the extra transparency film. Voila! Your trees are finished! If you’re making pattern plates, this is all you need to do. Pass a set of these over to your toddlers and watch them shift them around to discover how different colors and patterns look overlapped.

Step 7: To make a garland, create a whole forest full of trees, then simply use a hole punch (we used 1/8” punch for smaller holes, but you can use a standard) to create a hole at the top of each tree. Layout your garland and thread a ribbon or piece of twine through all the holes.

Other ideas for use:

When your toddler is finished playing with their pattern plates, you can recycle them into a simple suncatcher mobile. Using a small hole punch, make a hole at the top and bottom of each tree. Tie the trees together in a horizontal line using a piece of ribbon or twine, then hang in a window. As the trees twist around, the colors and patterns will dance around the room!
Because these are transparencies, kids can use dry-erase markers to draw on decorations or write a name or message with their trees.
Make a simple holiday card by gluing a patterned tree onto a folded piece of cardstock.

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The crafting extraordinaires participating:

Laura and Tia from @littlebuttondiaries
Shelly from @creatingcreatives
Sian from @teach.investigate.play
Cara from @raising.kinley
Sara from @toddler_tornado
Susie from @handywithscissors
Shannon from @ohcreativeday
Melissa from @momma_teaching
Lisa from @theartgardenblog
Bonnie from @make_it_your_own
Arielle from @artcampla
Gemma from @hobbycrafthq
Heidi from @the_harmony_tree_house
Mary Alice from @brainy_beginnings_network
Amanda from @barleyandbirch

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