DIY Holiday Garlands — 5 Ways

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this seasonGarlands are a great way to instantly add holiday cheer to every unsuspecting surface or ledge in your home. The fireplace mantel? Well, it probably saw it coming. But the chandeliers, picture frames, and curtain rods? They won’t know what hit ’em.

Yeah, I get a little garland crazy for the holidays, but I can’t help it! They’re irresistibly charming and really fun to make. Check out these five holiday garlands I created for Christmas decorations this year, difficulties ranging from time-consuming and meticulous to quick and dirty.

DIY Stocking Advent Calender GarlandADVENT STOCKING GARLAND

This project was the most tedious of all the garlands I created because of all the cutting and hand stitching involved. This is a great project for those who enjoy things like crochet, embroidery, or hand quilting.

Supplies:
-felt in two colors
-fabric scissors
stocking template (click to download)
-embroidery needle
-embroidery floss in coordinating and contrasting colors
-your choice of trim, such as rick rack and pom poms

DIY Stocking Advent Calender GarlandStep One: Using this template, cut out 24 stockings in each of the two colors of felt you selected. It’s easier to only use the template for the first stocking, and then to use that felt stocking as a template for the others—this is because felt sticks better to felt, whereas paper will just want to slide out of place as you cut.

Step Two: Add details to the stocking. Use the template to cut toe and heel pieces of contrasting felt to applique to the surface of the stocking, or make up your own designs. I free hand embroidered numbers to the middle of each stocking for the days of the advent calendar.

DIY Stocking Advent Calender GarlandI crocheted a rope and used mini clothes pins to connect each stocking to it, but you could easily use cut slits in the back of each stocking to thread a ribbon through to hang yours.

I liked the simplicity of this project, particularly in the restrained color scheme, though it did take quite a bit of time to add details to each stocking. Hopefully this will be a garland we use for many, many years!

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this easy pom pom garlandEASY POM POM GARLAND

I love making big fluffy pom poms, but I wanted something more delicate to drape along the big window in my dining room. So I whipped up a big pile of little pom poms using just a fork, some yarn, and scissors. Check out how simple it is!

Supplies:
-yarn
-sharp scissors
-large fork (My fork wasn’t too large, but slightly larger than a table fork.)

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this easy pom pom garlandStep One: Wrap yarn around your fork until it looks as full as the photo above.

Step Two: Slip a length of yarn between the middle prongs of the fork and tie it around the wrapped yarn. Then slip the bundle of yarn from the fork.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this easy pom pom garlandStep Three: Use sharp scissors to cut around the looped yarn. Make sure you don’t cut the length of yarn that’s keeping them all together!

Step Four: Trim any unevenness from the finished pom pom.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this seasonStep Five: Use the tails of the pom poms to tie them to a ribbon or rope (I made a rope by crocheting yarn), then trim off the tails. You can also trim off the tails first and use a needle and yarn to thread the pom poms onto the yarn.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— including this wooden peace garlandWOODEN WORD BANNER

There are lots of words for the holiday season, and many of them are nice words! I thought about making my garland say “Let it snow!” or the real original “Merry Christmas,” but when it comes down to it, I think peace is something that each of our hearts are aching for this holiday season, so that’s what I chose for my banner. If you have a wide expanse to cover with your banner, you can also have it say “Peace on Earth.”

Supplies:
PEACE template (click to download)
-very thin bass wood sheet or birch veneer
-sharp X-Acto blade with blade refills
-wood stain of your choice
-rag, brush, or paper towel for applying stain
-straw
-scissors
-glue
-ribbon, rope, or yarn

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— including this wooden peace garlandStep One: Print out the PEACE template and use it to cut out each letter from your bass wood sheet. Make sure to not press too hard with each swipe of the blade, or the wood may crack. More swipes with a sharp blade is best.

Step Two: Stain the letters with the stain of your choice. I used Minwax’s Early American stain.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— including this wooden peace garlandStep Three: Trim pieces of a straw and glue them to the back of the letters. When the glue dries, string a ribbon or yarn through the straw segments to hang your banner.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this sparkly snowflake garlandGLITTERY SNOWFLAKES GARLAND

As we all know, when you let something glittery into your home, it gets everywhere! But I’m convinced it gets into your blood too, because how else can you explain my need to have sparkly things all over my home each holiday season? This glittery snowflake garland is simple to make, and would also make great ornaments or gift toppers. I even managed to keep the collateral glitter damage to a minimum.

Supplies:
-polymer clay in silver, gold, or whatever color glitter you plan to use
-snowflake cookie cutter (here’s a nice set with different sizes)
-toothpick or skewer
-baking sheet and oven
-Mod Podge
-glitter
-brush

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this sparkly snowflake garlandStep One: Warm the polymer clay in your hands by squishing it all around. This will make it easier to work with. Then roll it out to approximately 1/4″ thickness and cut out the snowflake shapes with a cookie cutter. Re-roll the scrap pieces of clay and repeat.

Step Two: Pierce the tip of each snowflake with a skewer, making sure you have a hole big enough to thread a ribbon or string through.

Step Three: Bake the clay in the oven according to the package instructions.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this sparkly snowflake garlandStep Four: After the baked snowflakes have completely cooled and hardened, brush them with a coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle with a generous amount of glitter before the Mod Podge dries.

As the Mod Podge dries, use a skewer again to make sure the holes in the snowflakes are unobstructed.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this sparkly snowflake garlandI strung my snowflakes onto a thin ribbon, knotting each snowflake to keep it from turning side-ways while hanging. You could also use jewelry rings around the hole for a more finished look.

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this glamorous ornament garlandORNAMENT GARLAND

This garland is the most glamorous of all the ones I made this year, and has the potential to cost the most money. But! It’s also the easiest. I bought my ornaments from a local craft store, but I’d also suggest scouring thrift stores for old, forgotten ornaments that would make a charming garland.

Supplies:
-ribbon
-ornaments

Five homemade holiday garlands to make this season— Including this glamorous ornament garlandAll you need to do for this garland is string the ribbon through the hooks of the ornament. So easy! Knot the first one on the string, and bunch the others together. If you want your garland to be not as thick or full, you can space out the ornaments more, but you’ll need to knot them into place or they will slide around according to gravity’s whims.

So there you have it! Five choices for fun holiday garlands you can make according to your personal taste and holiday style. Try one or embrace your inner crazy craft lady (like me) and try them all! –Mandi

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

  • Love all these ideas, especially the ornament one!! I am going to make a garland with my grandmother’s ornaments she passed down to me. Do you know roughly how many ornaments you used and how long your garland is? Thanks!!

  • I think I know what I’ll be doing the day after Christmas – stocking up on bauble ornaments to make that garland! I love it.

  • Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I’m definitely feeling inspired to get moving and create some more Christmas decorations! xo

  • each more beautiful than the other!
    thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

    best wishes, doro von Hand zu Hand

  • each more beautiful than the other!
    thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

    best wishes, doro von Hand zu Hand

  • Oh my god these are the best ideas ever. 😀 I just saw a link to your post on twitter so I thought I’d have a read. But these are not only good for Christmas but all year around. You are so so creative. 😀

    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

  • You have the BEST BLOG!! Such great ideas, products, diy, everything. I just had to tell you because I follow you religiously! Thanks for such great work!

  • That advent stocking garland looks amazing!

    https://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

  • I love the snowflake! That will be a great project for my son and me to make! Thanks for the idea!

  • Lovely! Can y’all also show us a few ways to decorate a tree? I’m so stuck and I don’t want it to look borning and dated but rather still classy and festive!

  • LOVE these beautiful, handmade, creative garlands. Thought you might like this – just published a holiday music playlist on my blog. Good soundtrack for garland making 🙂

    http://definingdelphine.com/yuletide-tunes/

    xo
    Anne

    www.definingdelphine.com

  • LOVE these beautiful, handmade, creative garlands. Thought you might like this – just published a holiday music playlist on my blog. Good soundtrack for garland making 🙂

    http://definingdelphine.com/yuletide-tunes/

    xo
    Anne

    www.definingdelphine.com

  • I tried to make pom pom garland before on my own – craft fail. basically i didn’t leave tails to tie and tried to hot glue — hot mess. and the yarn was too thick. excited to give another go with these tweaks. I like to hang my Christmas cards off the garland.

    Recently discovered this blog and really love it.

  • I adore these! I’m going to make my own version of the snowflake garland right now!

  • These have to be close to the top of my favorites ever. I love all of them! Can’t wait to experiment. Thanks!

  • I love the idea for home garlands.Its really superb.Now i am going to do this.

  • I created own garlands too, but they were not quite as flashy as yours. Carton Tape and string …Ha ah! 🙂
    http://turisten.devote.se/blogs/29480819/1a-advent-del-1.htm

  • i LOVE these ideas, especially the snowflakes and the ornaments 🙂 beautiful
    cant´t wait to make them 😉 thanks for the inspriration and merry a wonderfull prechristmas time

  • Oooh these Garlands look so gorgeous!!
    I love the one with the christmas baubles!

    Best xx
    Ani

    www.ani-hearts.blogspot.com

  • These are all so awesome! Think I’ll be making a few holiday garlands this year. The pom pom one might be my favorite!

  • Every garland is beautiful! But I loke the silver one the most. Or made that one with the garland with the ornaments? Oh, I can`t choose one!

    Beautiful!

    Have a great day!

    mtrjschk.blogspot.de

  • Love these ideas! You should check out this fabric garland – super simple and looks gorgeous.

    http://thelala.com/diy-fabric-garland/

    xo

  • Thank you SO much for sharing Mandi. Can’t wait to make each one 🙂 especially smitten with the glittered snowflake garland!

  • The glitter snowflake garland is so pretty! And I love how versatile it is – you could really do any shape in any color! Awesome!

    Carolyn
    www.boxesandjars.com

  • Lovely garland ideas..love the snowflake and ornament ideas 🙂

    xo
    Hems
    agoldentulip.blogspot.com

  • Oh I love these ideas, they are all so original and quirky to bring a bit of festive cheer into the home. I’ve made holiday garlands by making origami lucky stars and threading them onto wool- they can be spray painted or covered in glitter to match the rest of your décor too!

    Emma xo // http://thewallflowerwardrobe.blogspot.com/

  • These are all so cute! I tried to pick a favourite, but I had a hard time narrowing it down. I think the ornament ball one is my favourite because of the gorgeous colour scheme you went with! If I could find ornaments in black , white and silver,r it would match my bedroom perfectly!

  • oh em gee!! by far my fave xmas decorating post of the season! you killed it, mandi!! I love them all!!

  • These all look so lovely – especially the little stockings!
    They’d also make awesome and thoughtful gifts for people who move house during the holiday season and don’t have loads of time to decorate. (Yes, I have a friend of mine in mind here! 🙂 )
    Love your posts, Mandi! You’re always inspiring and your style of writing is really enjoyable!

  • Very adorable garland. Thanks for the tip of using a fork to create the pom-poms. I have always used my fingers but a fork would be so much easier (duh)… and this is why I visit your site daily. 😉 Thanks!

  • I originally tried cutting stars out of balsa wood, but it was too tedious. Then I thought if I was going to make them out of clay, I might as well do snowflakes instead of stars. I was able to use less than two small packs of polymer clay for this garland, which cost a total of $5. I’m not sure how much the laser cut wood ones are, but I wanted to show how you can create one from beginning to end. 🙂 -Mandi

  • These are ALL so festive and fun! I imagine perhaps it would be less expensive to do the snowflake garland with wooden pre-cut ornaments, as polymer clay is expensive (I should know…we LOVED the stuff growing up, much to my mom’s chagrin.) Or perhaps you tried this and it didn’t work out?

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