Move over, Judy, There’s a New Garland in Town!

(Images clockwise from top left: ScatteringLupines.blogspot,, ItsAJaimeThing.wordperss, MyEvaForeva.blogspot,

I’m not sure what it is about the holidays, but something in the air makes us want to hang pretty stuff on everything. Mantles are adorned with evergreen branches, banisters are festooned with ribbons and bows, and eaves are accentuated with stands of twinkling lights.  Maybe this desire to ‘deck the halls’ comes from our need to express the holiday spirit, maybe it’s just the pang of tradition, or maybe we think this special time of year should look as magical as it feels. I’m not really sure, but what I do know is that stringing festive cheer all over can be expensive! So, here are some DIY garland tips that will let you fill your home with holiday cheer, but won’t empty your bank account! And, most of these garlands are easy-peasy to make, so invite your friends, make some festive cocktails, and have a DIY craft party!

Make your yuletide gorgeous with Popcorn, Pinecones, Paper Lanterns, Printed Fabric and more! Keep reading…

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Fabric Garlands

  • Totally Easy – Have left-over scraps from a sewing project? Have clothing you just don’t want anymore hiding in your closet? Cut them in to strips (or tear for a more rustic look), knot the ends of each strip together into a long chain, and drape on any bare wall or tree for totally simple, DIY flare! Or, get a long pice of jute, yarn, or thread, and tie the strips in bunches to if for a fuller, draped effect. If your taste is more elegant, threading sparkling beads onto a long, shiny ribbon will add timeless class to your tree or window pane!
  • A Little Effort – If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, or even by hand, beautiful, fabric garland is simple! Cut any shapes you like out of fabric.  Lay them out in any color or size arrangement you like, and overlap their edges ever-so-slightly. Slowly stitch a straight line to connect them all, and you’ve got it! Be creative, and add ribbon, get out the pinking shears, make mini-stuffed stars or hearts with some batting, and hand-stitch buttons or sequins!
  • Worth the Time -This adorable, delicate mini fabric flower garland can be adapted in various ways to suit your style and deocr needs! It does take some hand-sewing aptitude, though!
  • Unique Idea – Remember all those little stuffed animals or little plastic toys you used to play with? Why not incorporate them into your garland! String them together with ribbon in a long parade that will have you strolling down memory lane every time you pass your tree.

Paper Garlands

  • Totally Easy – Paper chains of any sort! There’s the ole’ Holiday Countdown chain made from interlocking loops, the hand-holding gingerbread people, the snowflake chain, the heart chain, etc! The list just goes on. Or, get some pricing dot stickers and place them back-to-back on a brightly-colored string for a lighthearted, carnival-esque look!
  • A Little Effort – Your friends and family are probably already sending you holiday cards. Why not string them up with decorated clothes pins and use them as the raw material for an adorable mantle piece, doorway, or bookcase garland accent? Or, take to your holiday greeting cards with your Exacto knife, cut out all the holiday-themed shapes and images, and sew them together for a unique way to display them!
  • Worth the Time – So, you’ve got the strings of lights – why not make paper lantern covers? This truly cute idea comes from a wedding blog, but I think it can be adapted easily to spell out holiday phrases, incorporate holiday colors, or brighten up a New Year’s Eve party!
  • Unique Idea – The iconic textured shape and feathery feel of cupcake liners – yup, cupcake liners – make this an garland a statement piece!

Natural Garlands

  • Totally Easy – Popcorn! Cranberries! Done! It’s lovely, chic, and if you can thread a needle, you can create a classic holiday look.  Also, buy some cinnamon sticks, tie them in bunches with jute or twine, and add them to your popcorn and cranberry strands for some holiday ‘spice.’
  • A Little Effort – Take a little trip to the craft store, and buy some thin, wooden shapes.  Fix them to a string or lovely ribbon with glue, cover with tissue paper, and you have instant holiday flair anywhere you need it.
  • Worth the Time – Pinecones are so iconic of the season, and this uber-chic garland brings the evergreen touch to any room!
  • Unique Idea – Dried fruit is super-traditional, and there’s nothing more holiday-ish than an string of dried orange and apple slices! You’ll need a dehydrator, though – or, a lot of time, but your decor will be delicious!

Do you have a holiday garland idea? Let us know!

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  1. Kristen Renee 12/10/2009 at 7:11 pm #

    The garland you had pictured (the one of the cupcake liners) looked like sea shells. And with that in mind, if you have sea shells that have holes in them, string them up! My mom loves having sea shells and sand dollars hanging on her tree!

  2. Natalie 12/10/2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Molly, this post is amazing! It must have taken you all day to write this! 🙂

    For real though, these are really cool, creative ideas! Love the fabric garland from Scattering Lupines, but the pine cone garland is so festive and fun. Now I have a weekend project to plan!

  3. emily 12/10/2009 at 10:18 pm #

    love this!
    can anyone tell me how to make the garland pictured with the hearts? the website didn’t work.

  4. michaela 12/10/2009 at 11:27 pm #

    those ideas are really cool ill hav tot ry them on my house

  5. becca boo 12/11/2009 at 2:32 am #

    love this! i hang garland like those hearts year around!

  6. Ashlee M. 12/11/2009 at 2:59 am #

    I love the pine cone garland! What an ingenious idea to use twist screws to attach the cones to the ribbon!

  7. Molly 12/11/2009 at 9:46 am #

    Hi, Emily,

    The Heart garland came from EvaForeva.blogspot – here’s a link!

    Hope that works,

  8. ModCloth 12/11/2009 at 11:10 am #

    I’m so going to try one of these, maybe the cupcake liner, this weekend! You could also use the liners from boxes of chocolates. Yum

  9. Colleen Q. 12/15/2009 at 10:19 am #

    I actually made my own pine cone garland a few weeks ago with satin white ribbon just tied around the tops of the cones, and it’s draped along the tops of my windows. =) I also made mini ones to hang from the posts at the end of the stairway railings. They’re so beautiful and I don’t know how I’m ever going to take them down!

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