I keep all of the bags that my family gets presents in. Not only has this saved me money, it also has prevented the "We have a party in 20 minutes, and I have nothing to wrap this present in!" moments that used to occur regularly. Recently, I decided to put those bags to another use: creating a festive garland to be hung during a baby shower. Read on for how to create a simple, eco-friendly, and re-usable garland that's festive and easy to personalize, no matter what the occasion. So all of the bags that holiday presents come in may get a second life after all!
What You Need
Compile everything you will need beforehand and the project will go quickly. Look through your stash for baby gift bags, sturdy wrapping paper, even baby cards (only ones that you are not sentimentally attached to!). You will also need scissors, a hole punch, some tape, and some twine or old ribbons (I save all my old ribbons too!).
Cut Up the Bags
Cut the bags/paper/etc into the garland pieces. I went with a traditional triangle shape, but pretty much any shape will work. The simpler the better! I made enough pieces so that I could alternate bigger pieces with letters and plain, smaller pieces.
Create Letters for a Message
Cut out the letters for the message on the garland. I used “oh, baby”, but “welcome, baby” or the baby’s name or something more geared to the mother-to-be (like “hot mama”) would be fun too. The garland itself is festive enough that a phrase or message isn’t even needed. The garland could then be used as decoration in the nursery (or saved for another shower or party).
String the Garland
Punch two holes in the upper corners of your shapes to string the garland. String each piece using the twine or ribbon. If you want to prevent the pieces from piling on top of each other, tie a knot between each piece as a barrier.
Show it Off
Hang up the garland. Attach each end with tape or by tying the twine or ribbon around two small nails. Have a fun party! Re-use or gift the garland after the festivities are over!