I love creating seasonal garlands. Edible biscuit garlands at Christmas; paper Halloween banners or cute Easter bunny garlands. They’re always fun to make; plus they help make the house look seasonally festive too. My new creation makes use of all the delivery boxes that keep arriving at this time of year! It’s a cardboard dove DIY Christmas garland using my free dove png file.
I shared a little film over on Instagram last week, showing a (very quick) version of how I made it, so if you can’t be bothered to read this post you can head over there to see!
Quick View of What You'll Find on This Page
Christmas Decorations Out of CardBoard Boxes
Sustainability is something that we’re all striving towards these days.
I made an alternative Christmas tree a few years ago, which is something that can be resurrected year after year. You can even create mini Christmas trees out of Ferrero Rocher — they make great gifts and are fully recyclable!
Making Christmas decorations out of cardboard boxes is another really great, eco friendly tip. And the perfect way to reuse all that cardboard!
Whether you use cereal packets or Amazon boxes, it’s a great way of recycling at home.
Download My Free Dove PNG File
I’ve made this craft really simple as you can download my free dove PNG file, rather than having to draw it by hand!
Just download the dove png file by clicking the link above; then you can print out at home and use as a template.
How to Make Your Own Garland
Here’s a simple ‘tutorial’ showing how to make your own garland. It really is super simple and the finished DIY Christmas garland looks so effective.
- Paint or chalk pens would also work well
- Beads (optional)
- Darning needle (or something to poke the string through the cardboard)
- Draw a dove shape and cut out to use as a template. Or you can use my free dove png file if you prefer!
- Next, trace around the dove png logo (or your template) on a piece of cardboard. I used 6 dove shapes for my DIY Christmas garland. The length of my garland is approx 2m.
- Cut out the dove shapes.
- Paint patterns and shapes onto your cardboard dove shapes. You can make them all the same or totally different! Really go to town and see where your creativity takes you.
- Next, thread string through the dove shapes. I use a darning needle to do this as I find it much easier.
- You can add a bead in between each dove shape if you'd like.
- When you've threaded all your doves (and beads) onto the string and you're happy with the length, hang up!
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.