Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland

Today marks my first Christmas DIY post of the year!  I did my best to hold out until the middle of November.  My first year of blogging, I introduced a lot of reds and blues in my Christmas decor.  Last year, I stayed a bit more classic in my colors with bold greens, gold and a touch of black.  This year, I am adding in a few softer colors into my decor.  However, if you are one that likes more traditional green and red, then this quick craft is a great one for you!  Today I am sharing my Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland and it’s completely customizable to your color palette.

Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland,
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supply listHeavyweight Paper
*Copper Contact Paper
*Gold Glitter Duck Tape
Watercolor or Acrylic Paints
Hot Glue
*Merry Christmas Banner

Watercolor Garland supplies

If you have watercolor paints in the colors you are wanting to use, you can skip my first step.  I however, didn’t have the correct colors SO, I made my acrylic paints work for me.  To give your acrylic paint a watercolor look, simply add a little paint to a cup and add water.

Next, I painted shapes, stripes and dots all over three sheets of watercolor paper.  Be sure to mix and match your colors on each page for a fun variated look.

Once the paint has dried, cut the sheets into varying widths.  I cut my garland anywhere from 2″ to 3″ in height.  I also cut varying heights and widths from a roll of copper contact paper and *Gold Glitter Duck Tape.

Watercolor Garland steps
Then, use a hot glue gun and glue your watercolor papers to your string.  I mixed in the *Copper Contact Paper and the gold glitter tape every three flags.

Watercolor Garland Party
I love these cheerful happy colors and alone, the garland would work for any party!

Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland,
However, when paired with my new metal *Target Merry Christmas banner, this party garland becomes the perfect Christmas item!

Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland,

Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland,

Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland,

Do you typically mix up your Christmas colors or do you like to stay more traditional?


18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas Watercolor Party Garland

  1. Hi Amy,
    I guess you can call me a late bloomer when it comes to diy crafts and having the time to complete things. I love your ideas and all of the ways to make use of “stuff” I already have. You are blessed with unbelievably creative talent and I thank you for sharing. I have a question and it would probably only come from a newbie like me. Did you glue or tie the twine together with the Merry Christmas banner? And, here’s another thought. You know how Christmas cards received never really have a place to go? Well, you can add another piece of twine to the top and hang your cards or alternate between our watercolor designs. Just a thought! Thank you so much for being you!

    1. You are too sweet, Debbie! As for your question, for this particular banner, I simply glued the paper onto the yarn/string. I hung it this year, too – so it holds up well. Great idea for repurposing those Christmas cards!

    1. Thank you, Cyd! I’ve done reds and blues, I’ve done the typical colors but this year I really wanted to go a little Christmas color crazy! Having fun with it.

  2. Good Morning Amy, your banner is so very clever and I love how you put together so many unrelated items!! And copper contact paper…who knew!!?? I’m all about copper right now. I’ve just started pulling Christmas out of the attic as well…Let the fun begin!

    Have a great day!


  3. Amy, I just love this! The colors are so lovely together, and I love how each little flag is totally unique. I’m funny about colors–I love minimal palettes with muted hues and lots of white. AND I also love fun, bright, bubbly colors!

    1. I totally can relate, Marlene! Previous years, I’ve gone lots of color. It’s fun to mix it up year to year, too. =)

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