Create a festive holiday garland with simple, inexpensive materials and a fun, process-oriented activity that anyone from the youngest toddler to the most jaded grown-up will enjoy. Afterward, proudly display your garland on the tree, mantel or wall as the best kind of holiday decoration—the kind families make together!


  • round coffee filters
  • watercolors
  • paint brushes and/or droppers
  • ribbon
  • glue stick


    Painting coffee filter garlands

  1. Paint coffee filters with watercolor paints. You can use paint brushes for this step or paint droppers, depending on what your kids like and the effect you'd like to create. Liquid watercolors work especially well, but you can also use watercolor paints from the traditional cakes or from tubes.
  2. Let dry.
  3. Glue coffe filters on stringFold the coffee filters in half, creasing the edge.
  4. Arrange the coffee filters along a ribbon or string and glue the two sides of the coffee filters together.
  5. Display and enjoy!

Jean Van’t Hul is a blogger and mother of two who is passionate about making everyday family life fun-filled and creative. She writes about children's art, seasonal crafts and family fun on The Artful Parent, the go-to site for parents and teachers looking for ideas and inspiration related to children’s art and creativity.

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