Christmas in July Decorations

Christmas in July Decorations

On July 25th, break out the Christmas music, bake a batch of Christmas cookies and get ready to make some Christmas-in-July decorations. To break up the holiday-free months of summer, create your own Christmas in July celebration. Here are a couple simple decorations and ornaments. Another great thing about these decorations is that you can save them and use them for Christmas in December.

Paper Chain Garland

You will need:
- scissors
- glue or double stick tape or stapler
- red, white and green construction paper

Start by cutting one piece of construction paper in half. Then cut each half into twelve strips of paper. You will want to cut the strips along the short side. From each piece of paper you will have 24 strips. Repeat this cutting process until you have as many strips as desired.

Next, put a dot of glue, or a piece of double stick tape on one end of the piece of paper. Gently fold the other end and put together the ends with a little overlap. Secure the edges with glue or tape and if you need a little extra securing you can put a staple through the overlapped edges. Repeat this process with each strip of paper, but before securing the ends together, loop each strip of paper through the previously made loop. Continue until your garland is as long as you want it.

With the three colors you can make and pattern of colors that you want. You can loop all the red together, followed by all of the green and white. Or you can make an interesting pattern with the colors.

Christmas Tree Ornament
You will need:
- scissors
- green construction paper
- glue
- popsicle sticks
- glitter and other decorations
- string

Start by laying the popsicle sticks in a triangle on top of the green paper. Put a loop of string at the top of the triangle. Put a dot of glue on top of the two ends of the string. Then glue the popsicle sticks down over the string, in a triangle. Next cut out a tree shape from the green paper, start by cutting around the edges of the popsicle triangle, and cut out a rectangle at the bottom of the triangle. This gives you a tree shaped ornament.

The next step is to color the rectangle at the bottom brown to represent the trees trunk. Now you can decorate your tree however you want. Be as creative as possible, using glitter markers and any other fun craft supplies you might have.

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