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7 Christmas Garlands that are Easy To DIY

Christmas will be here before you know it – but if you’re looking for a fun and easy last minute project, how about trying one (or more) of these 7 DIY Christmas garlands!

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Garlands aren’t just for the Tree.

I hope as you’re going through this list of easy DIY Christmas garlands that you’re inspired to use these in places other than just your Christmas tree. They can be beautiful there, but they can also be used to decorate:

  • Across the Top of a Mantle
  • Stairway Railings
  • Bookshelves
  • Windows
  • Doorways

They also make great accents to fill out a more traditional evergreen garland.

Let’s get started on these projects!

7 Easy DIY Christmas Garlands

Number One | Postcard Garland

If you’re fortunate enough to find vintage Christmas postcards while you’re thrifting – snag them up! They’re such a beautiful reminder of past tradition and Christmas style, and they make beautiful decor.

I love how White Tail Farmhouse displayed hers simply with rope & clothes pins!

Photo Credit: White Tail Farmhouse

In my Handmade Holidays group, I shared printable copies of some postcards that I thrifted that had beautiful red & green stamps – I love that they add just a touch of holiday color.

You can still join the group to get the free printable if you’d like it!

I chose to display my postcards individually on my DIY bulletin board for this season.

If you haven’t found any of these while thrifting, you can also search Etsy to find other vintage originals!

Number Two | Jingle Bells on Velvet Ribbon

I just love how simple this DIY garland was, and it’s so pleasant to hang it up with the sound of bells ringing filling the room.

I thrifted these bells a few years ago and have been adding them to all sorts of projects! For this year, I wanted a simple velvet ribbon garland with “sleigh bells” on it. I used hot glue to attach them, which is much easier than sewing them down!

I added it as the final layer on my mantle garland above a thick green silk ribbon and navy velvet.

All of the ribbon I used for Christmas this year is from May Arts. They have a great selection and great pricing!

They’re all attached with simple scotch tape and have been holding up well!

Number Three | Merry Christmas Banner

Okay, so this one is actually more of a “banner”, but it gives off the same feel as a garland on a tree, so I’m going to include it!

This is another of the projects I did in my Handmade Holidays group – and there’s a free printable available there under the week two projects!

You can print these on cardstock for a solid look in the color of your choosing, or you can print them on vellum, like I did, to give them a frosty appearance.

I styled them by tucking them in the branches of my Vickerman’s champagne fir tree.

Number Four | Dancer Garland

I was inspired by the song “12 days of Christmas” to add some “ladies dancing” on one of my trees this year.

This is another HH project (view week 3 for the printable!) that comes together quickly. I used an image of ballet dancers and printed them on off-white cardstock, but this could be personalized for any image or color you were desiring.

I love when projects are versatile and easy to customize!

Number Five Popcorn Garland

This is a fun project to work on while watching a cozy Christmas movie!

I’ve heard that leaving the popcorn out for a bit before stringing it with embroidery floss or waxed dental floss can make it easier, but I actually did it fresh and didn’t notice any issues.

You can vary how tight you string the popcorn kernels together, and I’ve also seen others adding additional pieces like cranberries between clusters of popcorn.

Number Six | Orange Slice Garland

This garland is an old favorite that gives me a very Little Women Christmas feel – dried orange slices! You can dry them in your oven on low for hours at time, but I preferred using my dehydrator! You don’t have to flip them, and I let them dry overnight and they were finished in the morning!

I strung mine up on a small tree in my daughters’ room, but I love how Eleanor Rose Home displayed hers over the top of a cedar garland with an all white Christmas village.

Photo Credit: Elenor Rose Home

Number Seven | Pom Pom Garland

This garland is one I put together a few years ago, and have a full tutorial for it HERE. I especially love how white pom poms look like snowballs in the winter!

I’ve styled this in a couple of different places in my home over the past few years, but this year it’s on the tree in our bedroom and it’s such a sweet touch!

I also added in a purchased crochet trim with pom poms for extra variety.

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