Countdown to Christmas paper banner

back side of banner spells out "have a merry christmas front of paper countdown to christmas banner I hang a candy cane on the bottom to mark each day until Christmas

This paper banner is another fun project you could do with your kids. You could even have them draw pictures on the paper instead of using embellishments.  I got the idea from a similar project in Country Living a long time ago and loved the simplicity of it.  I used paper rectangles cut from card stock and then added embellishments from my scrapbook supplies. I hang a candy cane on the bottom to mark the days until Christmas.  You could do the same thing for Hanukkah or other holidays.


  • cardstock paper
  • stamp set or stickers
  • embellishments
  • florist wire
  • hooks and candy canes

cut out twenty fibe rectangles from cardstock paper

Step 1.

Cut out twenty five rectangles from cardstock paper. Punch a hole in the top and bottom of each piece.

I edged the paper with a chalk stamper to give the garland an old fashioned look I used stickers for the numbers and outlined them with a fine tip marker I speled out "have a merry christmas on the back of the banner because both sides show I cut paper to fit on the backs of the cards for my spaces between letters

Step 2.

I edged the papers with a chalk stamper to give it an old fashioned look. I used stickers for the numbers but would have used a stamping set if I had one. I am sure I’ll be purchasing one soon because I’m really getting into stamping!  Because I was hanging my banner across a beam that separates my living and dining area and both sides will show I decided to write “Have a Merry Christmas” across the back using a stamp set. I added a little stamp embellishment on top of each letter for balance. This would be a fun thing to do for Hanukkah if you used blue paper and made it for eight days. You could hang dreidels or stars at the bottom.  I had to allow spaces between words and an extra blank paper at the beginning and end so I cut out some extra rectangles of scrapbook paper and glued it on the backs of the paper where I needed it.

I  added embellishments from my scrapbooking supplies to the top of each card. more embellishments

Step 3.

I added embellishments at the top from my scrapbooking supplies but you could use almost anything. You could even glue the candy canes to the top if you want to save money. Or your kids could draw pictures on the cards which would make the banner even more special.

I punched holes in the top and bottom to hang and to hang the candy canes to mark the days till Christimas hang a candy cane each day to mark the days until Christmas

Step 4.

I punched a hole in the top and bottom of card and used wire to hang them. I used some decorative hooks to hang the candy canes on the bottom. I used decorative hooks that I got at Wal Mart last year but they didn’t carry them this year. I did find some at Hobby Lobby.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.