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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Spring Fling Window Garland

Surprise! It's finallly spring and The Art Studio has a new window display to express our end-of-winter-excitement!  The trees are still bare and there are still giant blobs of snow everywhere, but at least this window brings a little extra brightness to our view.

It may seem like we always have something different hanging in our windows if you come visit us regularly (for instance, here, here, and here are a few other window decorations we've shared in other posts).  Our Spring Fling garland is inspired by the Hanging Paper Garden DIY over at BlaBlaKids and this Tissue Paper Flower post from Color Me Katie.

Last Sunday afternoon, when I was hanging the flower display in the window, a sweet little girl, who was in The Studio with her family surprised me by making her own version of a flower garland! She was watching me hang our flowers, so she drew and cut out tiny paper flowers and taped them to a piece of fishing line I gave her. She used a pink paper roll to swing the flowers back and forth while I took this picture. Thank you for sharing your creation with me Ella!

So, back to how we made our garland. The pink and peach lilies are taken from doubling up the pointy flower template (on the second page) over at BlaBlaKids, with Mi Tientes paper by Canson. We secured the flowers with a staple (the clear tapes we had weren't strong enough to hold). To string them we looped a pipe cleaner through the small center hole so we could pull string through. We put a second loop in the pipe cleaner on the back side of the lillies so we could string one of the tissue paper peonies below.

For the daffodils we used Mi Tientes paper by Canson, and are a custom design by Art Studio Assistant, Sara Ottomano. She did a beautiful job!

The peonies made of regular craft tissue paper, and we used the template from Color Me Katie as a guide. Art Studio Assistant Javier Robles helped me make the colorful puffs.

First you fold a piece of tissue paper into a strip. We cut our scalloped edges first, and then folded the strip accordion-style.

Secure the middle of the little accordion bundle with a piece of fishing line or string, and them carefully separate the layers of the tissue paper to create the puffy ball.

For the leaves, Javier painted both sides of a big piece of watercolor paper with several layers of washy green watercolors. Art Studio Assistant Kathryn Shoro designed the leaf patterns and we cut out several from the green paper and strung them up at slight angles so they looked a little more natural.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the garland. Let's hope the real flowers and leaves will be growing and blooming soon enough!


Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



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