Garlands are often an overlooked Christmas decoration, but their charm and simplicity make them the perfect addition to your holiday home. You can get colorful, add greenery, get creative with lights or have fun with candy. Plus, they’re easy to make yourself and customize for your space.
Because the Christmas season is a popular time to get crafty and do it yourself, we rounded up a few of our favorite homemade garland projects. Make and hang these around your tree, staircase railing, mantel, windows, or doorways to transform your home for the holidays.
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Colorful Felt Garland
Do you have leftover felt scraps from your last few craft projects? Recycle your scraps into something pretty and whimsical. This colorful garland idea can be customized to any color palette—so whether you prefer traditional Christmas colors or a lovely rainbow, anyone can DIY this easy holiday garland.
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The holiday season is full of whimsy, so its decorations should follow suit. Have extra gumdrops after building your dream gingerbread house? Follow this tutorial from blogger Homemade Ginger to make a colorful candy garland.
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Paper Tree Garland
There's something so sleek and modern about this garland from twin sister bloggers Alice and Lois. Some clever cutting will give you these geometric mini trees, which you can then string together on Baker's twine—the whole project can be completed within an hour.
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DIY Paint Sample Garland
The more budget-friendly the DIY project, the happier the crafter. Stock up on colorful paint chip samples at your local hardware store to create fun garlands for next-to-nothing in this garland from lifestyle blogger Stacey Freeman from Posh in Progress.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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This chic snowflake garland idea from A Pumpkin and a Princess looks store-bought. Go ahead, keep this one up all winter long. Snowflakes never go out of style (at least from December to March, they don't).
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Merry Christmas Banner
This DIY project from Vicky Barone says it all. It’s easy to make, adorable, and only requires a few easy-to-find supplies. Plus, it looks great wherever you decide to hang it.
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Burlap is versatile, simple, and adorable. It’s our favorite material to work with while creating DIY projects, especially during the holidays. This craft from Walking on Travels uses burlap to create a cheerful Christmas garland perfect for draping across the fireplace.
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DIY Leaf Garland
You don't need to have a green thumb for this cute craft. This DIY paper leaf garland from The House That Lars Built will instantly brighten your space.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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The supplies for this Postcards From the Ridge craft are so simple you probably already have them tucked away somewhere. By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert pom-pom-maker.
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Hanging Eucalyptus Leaves
Studies show including plants in your home is a mood booster. Here’s a great way to reap the benefits of plants while creating an adorable decoration idea from Your DIY Family for guests to admire.
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Paint Chip Garlands
Colorful paint chips can be used to create virtually any garland you want. Here are a few creative options from A Girl & a Glue Gun.
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DIY Winter Scene Decor
This tutorial from Lolly Jane will show you how to create a beautiful wreath-meets-garland holiday decoration. Make multiples to add elegant layers of holiday cheer around your home.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Dehydrated Fruit DIY
Head to your pantry to find all the supplies necessary for a beautifully scented, budget-friendly holiday garland from Our Tiny Nest.
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Wine Cork Garland
This craft from Dash of Jazz is an excellent excuse to open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving. Collect the corks from all your favorites and create a one-of-a-kind upcycled cork garland to decorate your Christmas tree.
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Stringed Wooden Beads
A little bit of elbow grease (and power tools) will go into this DIY from The House That Lars Built, but the result is worth it. The colorful display is dazzling.
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DIY Lighted Garland
You can’t have Christmas without twinkly lights. Kick yours up a notch by adding pretty accents like the ones shown in this tutorial from HomeyOhMy.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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The wonderful thing about DIY is that projects can be easily customized to fit your space and personality. You’re sure to find your new favorite decoration with these five variations on a DIY garland from A Beautiful Mess.
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Greenery and a simple floral arrangement can give every space a lively holiday boost. Use this DIY garland from Coco Kelley to decorate an item—like the mirror demonstrated in this tutorial—or hang it on a wall or window.
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As long as you choose colors that complement your home, there’s no going wrong with this DIY from Francois et Moi. The in-depth tutorial for this tassel garland will make things easy.
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Felt Ball Garland DIY
Not only is this DIY garland from Dans le Lakehouse simple, but it’s also budget-friendly. Play with inexpensive and easy-to-find felt squares to create this adorable felt ball string.