Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland & Gift Tags

Paper ugly Christmas sweater garlandIt doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until you see your first ugly Christmas sweater. They have been out in full force this year. Paper Ugly Christmas SweatersDon’t get me wrong, I love a good ugly sweater. In fact I’ve always wanted to throw an ugly Christmas sweater party just so I have an excuse to buy one (like this one or this one or this). Ugly Christmas Sweater GarlandWhat’s not to love? Tinsel, pom-poms, bells, Christmas sayings! Give me all of it! The tackier the better. Ugly Christmas Sweater GarlandIn order to get a little ugly into our holiday we created this ugly Christmas sweater garland, which also can work as funny gift tags for your presents. It’s probably even more fun than just going out and buying a Christmas sweater because you get to fill your own sweater with whatever tacky items your heart desires. Ugly Christmas Sweater GarlandTo make these sweaters, you will need to rummage through your craft supplies and pull out any random bits and bobs that you have, such as pipe cleaners, bells, ribbon, felt, string, anything! You will also need craft paper. Ugly Christmas sweater garlandWe found a stencil online by just Google searching sweater outline and then traced that onto white paper and cut it out. Next, we traced our stencil on some grey cardstock. We did this a couple of times to get the number of sweaters we wanted. Ugly Christmas sweater GarlandNow is the fun part – to decorate! Each of our sweaters have different decorations on them. For some we outlined the sweaters with patterned scrapbook paper. Others, we traced a Santa or Reindeer image from online and then colored them in on the sweaters. For the wreath we used a silver pipe cleaner and glued it to the center of the sweater and added a bow to it. We also stamped on some of the sweaters. It is really up to you how ugly you want to make your sweater! IMG_8950We also made some smaller ugly sweaters using the same process for gift tags. Ugly Christmas sweater gift tagsThese gift tags add a fun and festive flare to any present! Plus they are super easy and enjoyable to make. Once we started, we couldn’t stop making them and are still having ideas on what would be silly to add to them!Ugly Christmas sweater gift tagsBonus points – bring an ugly Christmas sweater gift tag to your next ugly Christmas sweater party! Ugly Christmas sweater gift tags

Now tell us – have you gone to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Do you like ugly sweaters or are you over it? What would you decorate your ugly sweater with?

DIY ugly Christmas sweater garland and gift tags | Popcorn & Chocolate

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Gift Tags | Popcorn & Chocolate

Halloween Bunting Flags

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

Oh my goodness Halloween is THIS weekend! Are you excited?? Do you have a costume? Have you decorated your house? We are currently in the midst of getting our apartment and costumes ready for a Halloween party on Friday. A little last minute scrambling will definitely be in order.

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

Speaking of last minute we have a wonderfully easy craft for you to help prepare your house for little trick or treaters or just add some Halloween whimsy to your home, if you haven’t done so already. Or, if you are like us and decided to carve pumpkins a few weeks too early and they are now growing things too scary to expose to innocent children out trick or treating, this quick and easy Halloween bunting flag diy will add a festive flair to a pumpkin-less porch. And hopefully distract everyone from the pile of stinky black moldy pumpkin in the corner..

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

For this project, all you will need is construction paper, scissors, glue, and some string to hang the flags with.

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

We made a triangle stencil just using a ruler and a good eye to trace for the base of the flags. Then we traced the triangle stencil onto whatever color background we wanted for the face (i.e. green for the witch, orange for the pumpkin). Now is the fun part! Cut out eyes and noses and teeth and hats and clothes and everything you can think of to dress up your little flags. For the witch I cut out some eyes out of white paper, a nose out of green paper, some lips out of red paper, and a black hat. I then just glued each of these pieces onto the green triangle.

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

To hang the flags we just used some plain embroidery string and some little tiny clothespins we found at Target last year. We taped the corners of the string to the wall and then arranged the characters to our liking! You could also glue a small bit of string to the tops of each of the flags to hang them as well.

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

That is all you have to do to make these cute little Halloween flags! You can really get creative with these guys too – choose your favorite Halloween characters and have at it! Or, you could just do a bunch of spooky witches, it’s really up to you and your imagination!

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate

Chances are you already have all the materials you need at home to make these bunting flags. So what are you waiting for?! Go make these adorable Halloween bunting flags and hang them up so kids can come-a-ringing for candy and not a pile of moldy pumpkin.

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Yep, I think the bunting flags are far more appealing than those rotting pumpkins. Best get a crafting!

Halloween Bunting Flags | Popcorn & Chocolate