DIY name garland

by Bar

DIY name garland made with paint chips ~ colorful and easy | small for big

I love the saturated colors that paint chips can offer for craft projects. We always have a box of them on our supply shelves. This garland idea came from the need to brighten up by daughter’s new room, which she “hates” (her words). She sure knows all the right buttons to push to get her mom in action! First things first…getting her name on the wall.

DIY name garland made with paint chips ~ colorful and easy | small for big


Cereal boxes or other thin cardboard

Paint chips

Rubber cement


Hole punch (tiny at 1/16”)

Scalloped circle punch or any decorative shaped punch

Baker’s twine or any thin string

DIY name garland made with paint chips ~ colorful and easy | small for big

I always look to my recycled bin first when thinking of something to make. For this project we used cereal boxes, then simply cut and collaged strips of paint chips along the lines of the letters (which I drew by hand). I encouraged her to cut the strips a bit larger than the pencil lines so that when cutting out the letters, no background brown would be showing. Remember to put rubber cement on both sides before gluing together (creating a lasting bond).

DIY name garland made with paint chips ~ colorful and easy | small for big

Next she used the circle punch and collected a handful of colors. She then laid out the letters with the circles, punched little holes in them, and strung them up with the twine. I helped with the twine as the holes were little, but she did all the rest!

DIY name garland made with paint chips ~ colorful and easy | small for big

What’s next for her room? Curtains, I think. I’ll see how I can make those from what we have lying around, too. Hmmm…collage curtains. I like the sound of that!

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

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2 Jenny Bailey March 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

How cute! I’m throwing a very hip baby shower for my sister in law and it would be cute to make something like this for decor once she chooses a name for the baby!


3 Bar July 31, 2014 at 3:29 pm

hi jenny! hope you tried this, it would make a GREAT baby shower decoration!! xx bar


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9 Brenda Gladding February 15, 2022 at 8:32 am

Hello, I love this simple craft and I am doing this with my students for a craft day. I did one as a model and I am having a hard time getting the circles to stay forward on the line, do you have any suggestions for how to get the circles to not spin on the string?

Thank you



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