Metal Hand Photo Garland DIY

Metal Hand Photo Garland DIY

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: A Beautiful Mess® and Canon USA®
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Additional Information



  • Aluminum roof flashing
  • Marker and scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold chain (either jewelry chain or small chain from home improvement store)
  • Chain cutters (if you purchased a thick chain)
  • Large jump rings
  • X-Acto knife and metal ruler
  • Photo paper
  • Crop-A-Dile or other metal hole punch
  • Canon PIXMA Printer


  1. Print and cut out the photos that you chose for your hanging garland (A Beautiful Mess resized all of them to 4”x4” squares first).
  2. Draw a mitten shape with defined fingertips (about 3” tall) on a piece of the aluminum flashing.  The flashing is really thin so you should be able to cut it out very easily with a pair of household scissors.  Once you cut out the general shape, go back and cut out very thin and long “V” shapes between each finger to separate the digits.  Once you have your first hand done, you can use that hand as a template for the rest so they all look the same.
  3. Use a crop-a-dile or other metal hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each hand so you can later secure your hand to the hanging chain.
  4. Spray paint the metal hands (both sides) with the gold spray paint, and once completely dry, attach the hands to a strip of chain with a gold jump ring (if you are using a large enough jump ring, you may not need pliers to open and close the ring).  A Beautiful Mess used the same length of chain for both garlands (cut with either scissors or wire cutters to desired length), but attached three hands on the bottom and two on the top so they would have a staggered look.  Once the hands were attached, they hung each end of the chain on a small brass nail, and could stick the photos in between the fingers.