Turn cereal and pasta boxes into stars (or other shapes) and string them on wire with magnolia leaves and tiny gourds for the winter holidays. Spray-paint them any color you like and hang.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Decorative wire or ribbon. (Amount depends on how long you plan to make your garland. I used 10 feet of “moss wire” from save-on-crafts.com.)
- For stars: Cereal boxes, cracker boxes or any other boxes you set aside for recycling.
- Sturdy leaves (like magnolia leaves), miniature pumpkins and gourds with stems; unshelled walnuts; twigs; dried fruit slices; dried mini ears of corn.
- Hole punch, thin sliver wire and wire cutters, craft knife with a sharp blade, scissors, pencil, silver spray paint, silver glitter, white craft glue and brush for applying
- Rubber gloves and mask.
- Cut boxes so they will lay flat on cutting surface. On unprinted side using a pencil freehand draw a simple, child-like star on the larger “front” and “back” panels of each box. This would be a great job for your children! Vary star sizes for interest.
- Use craft knife or scissors to cut out each star from box panel. Make a hole with the hole punch in one of the star tips of each star for hanging.
- Lay all cut out stars on flat surface that is safe to spray paint on. I always do my spray painting outside on a day with no wind on an old tarp. Wear gloves and a mask for safety. Spray each side of all stars silver coating well to cover up any printing. Make sure to spray edges well. When dry set aside.
- Lay all other gathered garland materials out on spraying surface and spray all with silver spray as well. Let dry.
- Attach lengths of wire to each star, looping through punched hole and securing by wrapping wire several times through hole.
- Wire other items as well so they can later be attached to garland. For nuts I wrapped the wire around the middle several times and twisted the wire to secure. Leaves and mini pumpkins were wired around the stems. Be sure to leave enough wire to hang them from garland.
- Everything is now painted and wired. It is time to glitter. Working on flat surface covered with newspaper apply white craft glue with brush to each sprayed item, sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Repeat process until all sides are glittered and dry. This is also a great job for the kids.
- To actually create my garland I hung the heavier moss covered wire across an open doorway in my home securing with pushpins, but you would use tape as well, whatever works for you and your walls! Attach each glittered recycled item evenly and decoratively to create your own Holiday Glitter Garland.
Anther box recycling ideas for the holidays: Spray boxes all over with silver, gold, red or green paint and use for packaging gifts. Just add a bow! Enjoy and Have a Recycled Holiday.
By Teresa Blackburn, Relish Prop and Food Stylist.