4 Easy Fall Garlands

2 orange lockers with a left garland, pinecone garlnad, ghost garland, and a garland that says happy Halloween on itI like to think of garlands as necklaces for the home. While I’m just as excited as the next girl about chunky knit hat season, I might be even more into accessorizing my home than my head. I whipped up a few garlands that are perfect for draping across mantels, over door frames, or just taping onto a wall. They add such a festive flair for the fall season! Check out the easy instructions below.

paper leaf garland on a white brick wallPAPER LEAF GARLAND

I love the beautiful fall leaf garlands you can find at craft stores this time of year, but I wanted a more minimal/crafty look for our house, so I cut some leaves out of card stock and strung them onto hemp twine. The most difficult part of making this garland is trimming out the leaves, but it only took me a couple of episodes of Gilmore Girls to make all of these leaves and more.

a roll of string, scissors, stitch tape, and leaf designs drawn on yellow construction paper

Leaf template
Above is a leaf template you can use to print out the shapes onto the cardstock of your choice. (Click for the full-size image— Do not shrink/re-size image when printing, as margins have already been added.)

someone cutting out the leaf designs on yellow construction paperAfter cutting, I could still see the black lines from the template, but I just made sure that side of the leaf was facing backwards when I strung them onto the twine. If you don’t have a hole punch, you can certainly tape the leaves to the twine or string that you use.

pinecone garland on a white brick wallPINE CONE GARLAND

This pine cone and wooden bead garland is delicate and earthy—perfect for just a little touch of the outdoors inside the home. This garland is a cinch to make, and just a few supplies can make a lot of garland!

roll of string, wooden balls, scissors, pinecones, and a hot glue gunTo make this garland, you will need:
-some rope or twine
wooden beads (stained or natural)
pine cones
-scissors
a hot glue gun

someone stringing the wooden balls on string and gluing pinecones on the string with a hot glue gunI began my garland by first evenly spacing the wooden beads. I tied a knot on either side of each bead to keep it in place. After all the beads were in place, I used small globs of hot glue to secure the pine cones in place. If you want, you could also drill through the pine cones and thread the twine through them as you are placing the beads. But hot glue was pretty easy, so I decided to go that route.

You can customize the look of this garland by painting the pine cones or using different kinds of beads. Space everything out, or crowd them closer together—It’s totally up to you!

ghost garland in front of a pile of woodGHOST GARLAND

This little ghost garland is more cute than it is ghoulish. It’s a great addition to your Halloween mantel decor and works best with a dark background. This project is also really fun to do with kids! Even my two-year-old was interested in helping.

styrofoam balls, cheesecloth, scissors, black and white brads, and a roll of stringTo make the garland, you will need:
styrofoam balls (I used 1.5″)
cheesecloth
black and white brads
-thin twine or string
-scissors

someone cutting the cheesecloth with scissors and putting black brads into the cheeseclothCut out a square of folded cheesecloth that will evenly surround the styrofoam ball. My cheesecloth was folded in four layers, so I left those layers as I cut. Pull the cheesecloth around the edges to stretch it out and make it look gauzy. Then push two black brads into the wrapped styrofoam ball to look like eyes and also to hold the cheesecloth in place.

someone tying string around the head of the cheesecloth ghostPull apart the two prongs of a white brad and wrap them around the string. Push the prongs back together and then pierce the top of the ghost with the brad to connect the ghost to the string.

Tip: I would wait to attach the ghosts to the string until the string is hung where you want the garland to go. This will keep the ghosts from falling off the garland as you hang it or transport it.

Happy Halloween garland on a white brick wallHAPPY HALLOWEEN GARLAND

I love the look of pennant garlands and thought a simple black version with white lettering would look great in my home. This is a simple project that would also work well for birthday parties or any other kind of celebration.

roll of string, black cardstock, white puffy paint, craft blade, stoch tape, and a rulerAll you need for this garland is:
black cardstock
white puffy paint
string or twine
-tape or hole punch
craft blade, cutting mat, and steel ruler
-pencil (optional)

pieces of black construction paper with a ruler and craft blade on topI cut my black cardstock into 3″x 4″ rectangles. Then I cut out 1″x 3″ triangles from the bottom.

3 cut out black construction paper with the letters H, A, and P on them in puffy paint and a ruler and pencil on topI used a pencil to draw out the shape of the letters. Then I traced over the pencil lines with puffy paint. I let the paint dry for a few hours before handling. Drawing with a puffy paint bottle is much easier than painstakingly brushing on white paint with a thin paint brush. And the bonus? It goes on opaque, so you only need one coat of paint.

I strung up the pennants through holes I made with a small hole punch, but you could easily use tape on the back too.

orange lockers with pinecone garland, ghost garland, leaf garland, and happy Halloween garland on itThere ya have it! Four easy garland ideas to choose from. Try one, or try them all! If you don’t feel like DIYing your own, you can always go for this cute felt one or this pretty leaf version instead! Maybe add a fall wreath to go with the garlands as well? Check out our fall archives for more fall inspiration or try this fall phrase garland DIY or our Gratefulness Leaf Garland DIY! –Mandi

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4 EASY FALL GARLANDS

How to make 4 fall garlands
Author Mandi Johnson

Ingredients

PAPER LEAF GARLAND

  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • twine
  • leaf pattern
  • tape

PINE CONE GARLAND

  • pine cones
  • wooden beads
  • twine
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

GHOST GARLAND

HAPPY HALLOWEEN GARLAND

Instructions

PAPER LEAF GARLAND

  • Print out your leaf template onto colored paper
  • Cut out your leaves and attach to twine with string

PINE CONE GARLAND

  • I began my garland by first evenly spacing the wooden beads. I tied a knot on either side of each bead to keep it in place. After all the beads were in place, I used small globs of hot glue to secure the pine cones in place. If you want, you could also drill through the pine cones and thread the twine through them as you are placing the beads. But hot glue was pretty easy, so I decided to go that route.
  • You can customize the look of this garland by painting the pine cones or using different kinds of beads. Space everything out, or crowd them closer together—It’s totally up to you!

GHOST GARLAND

  • Cut out a square of folded cheesecloth that will evenly surround the styrofoam ball. My cheesecloth was folded in four layers, so I left those layers as I cut. Pull the cheesecloth around the edges to stretch it out and make it look gauzy. Then push two black brads into the wrapped styrofoam ball to look like eyes and also to hold the cheesecloth in place.
  • Pull apart the two prongs of a white brad and wrap them around the string. Push the prongs back together and then pierce the top of the ghost with the brad to connect the ghost to the string.
    Tip: I would wait to attach the ghosts to the string until the string is hung where you want the garland to go. This will keep the ghosts from falling off the garland as you hang it or transport it.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN GARLAND

  • I cut my black cardstock into 3″x 4″ rectangles. Then I cut out 1″x 3″ triangles from the bottom.
  • I used a pencil to draw out the shape of the letters. Then I traced over the pencil lines with puffy paint. I let the paint dry for a few hours before handling. Drawing with a puffy paint bottle is much easier than painstakingly brushing on white paint with a thin paint brush. And the bonus? It goes on opaque, so you only need one coat of paint.
    I strung up the pennants through holes I made with a small hole punch, but you could easily use tape on the back too.

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection and Pearl from the Fresh Collection.

  • Thanks so much for the leaf cut out sheet! I’m putting together a gratitude tree and these leaves are just perfect and printed great. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is great! I think I will make this with a few adjustments as a thanksgiving garland…maybe say give thanks. Now how to make mini turkeys… Lol thanks for the cute ideas!

  • I got this and thought to myself I must make those ghosts… so a trip to the craft store and 20 mins later… I have some awesome ghost garland! Love them!

  • These are all really pretty! I might make the ghost garland for our halloween party.

  • Ahhh….that feeling of ‘This is so simple yet so great. Why didn’t I think of it’? Inspired- as always!

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  • These are perfect! Going to make the Happy Halloween garland this weekend with my kids!

  • Wow! Look at you go! That was so fast! I hope you and your kids love it. 🙂 -Mandi

  • What cute garlands! I just made a lovely one with using artificial leaves and clear thread to hang on my front porch. And, I’m making a crocheted leaf one to hang from my mantle. It feels like garland season:)

  • We’re giving all of these a go this weekend. The littlies are delighted!

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  • Adore those little ghosts! Love all the options and that they appear easy for the uncreative!

    Xo Chloe

  • These are seriously so cute! And so easy to make! I can’t wait to try them!

    -Ashley
    www.ashleykiraand.blogspot.com

  • I love the acorn one! I would spray paint some acorns and I think it would add a nice pop of colorant my bedroom!

    M.

  • Everyone is always decorating their dorm room with faerie lights, but really, people need more garlands like these! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Love these! I already made the Happy Halloween garland – it was so easy and looks great! Perfect project for while the kids take a nap. Thanks!

  • I love all of these ideas! I’m doing a lot of garlands now as my current apartment has a cute stairwell area right when you walk in, perfect for a “house necklace”. I can’t wait to try out the ghosts next year, and perhaps even the pine cones for this coming November, it feels Thanksgiving-ish:)~

  • so impressive ladies! not one garland, but FIVE 🙂 love the ghost and the pinecones 🙂

  • Love each of these ideas! That acorn garland is just darling! Perfect on a mantle!

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  • Each garland is so pretty… love the cute ghostly ones… but the pine cone and fall leaves are equally pretty…and nothing better than word garlands… fun ideas..

    xo
    Hems
    http://agoldentulip.blogspot.com/

  • I love the pine cone and wooden beaded garland it is very festive without looking juvenile or childish 🙂
    emmasbeginning

  • yay! I love garlands, living at a student apartment doesn’t give too much room for decoration but this stuff gives just the right touch! totally halloween-ing up my apt.

  • Oh these are suuuuper adorable! And best yet, I have all the necessary skills to make them. 🙂 hahaha Thank you so much for the tutorials!

  • SO cute! I’m not crafty really but I reckon even I could give some of these a try hehe x

  • Oh no, the entire center of my post didn’t show up 🙁 I said I was throwing a pumpkin carving party next week and these would be perfect! The last one is my favorite, since I can repurpose it for the rest of the year by using new colors and a different message.

  • Awww <3 Can’t even handle how adorable these are. I’m having a pumpkin carving party next week, and these might need to be incorporated into my festive decor 🙂

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • Those are so cute! Especially the ones with the ghost!

    Thanks for sharing!

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.it/2014/10/agnostic-church.html

    Love from Italy,

    Bambi

  • So cute! They all look great and the way you styled the photos is so festive and pretty. Love the lockers and wood pile as backdrops. Happy Halloween!

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