20 Festive DIY Christmas Garlands

DIY Christmas bead garland

The House That Lars Built

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

    How to make a DIY Christmas garland
    Lovely Indeed

    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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    Candy Garland

    DIY Garland
    Homemade Ginger

    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

    DIY: Modern Paper-Tree Garland
    Alice & Lois

    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

    Why DIY Christmas Garland is the Best of the Paint Sample Crafts
    Posh in Progress

    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.

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    Snowflake Garland

    Snowflake Garland
    A Pumpkin and a Princess

    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

    DIY Merry Christmas Garland
    Vicky Barone

    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 Garland

    Easy Do-It Yourself Burlap Christmas Garland For the Holiday Season
    Walking on Travels

    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.

  • 08 of 20

    DIY Leaf Garland

    DIY Paper Leaf Garland
    The House That Lars Built

    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.

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    Pom-Pom Garland

    Pinterest Inspiration ~ Anthropologie Pompom Garland from
    Postcards From the Ridge

    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

    A Quick (and Easy) DIY Eucalyptus Garland
    Your DIY Family

    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

    Paint Chip Christmas Garland! Kid Craft!
    A Girl & a Glue Gun

    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

    DIY Bottle Brush Christmas Tree Wreath
    Lolly Jane

    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.

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    Dehydrated Fruit DIY

    DIY Dehydrated Fruit Christmas Garland
    Our Tiny Nest

    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

    How to Make a Wine Cork Garland
    Dash of Jazz

    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

    DIY String Lights Garland
    The House That Lars Built

    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

    DIY Wood Bead 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.

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    Customizable Garlands

    DIY Holiday Garlands - 5 Ways
    A Beautiful Mess

    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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    Holiday Florals

    Floral Tutorial: A Unique Winter Garland With Orchids & Greens
    Coco Kelley

    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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    Tassel Garland

    DIY Holiday Tassel Garland with the Forest Fern
    Francois et Moi

    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

    Easy DIY Felt Ball Garland
    Dans le Lakehouse

    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.