DIY Garlands for Trimming the Tree
For many families, decorating the Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition. Some families go all-out with their decorations, covering every square inch of available space on the three, while others take a more conservative approach. No matter which method you prefer, these DIY garlands will help you make this year’s tree a sight to remember.
- Recycled Gift Bag Garland – Do you have a box full of old holiday gift bags that are too beat-up to use again? Take a large circle hole punch (or one with a holiday shape) and punch out as many circles as you can. Unravel a piece of fishing line as long as you like then glue the circles to the fishing line by sandwiching them together with glue. Then just hang the garland on your tree for a pop of festive color!
- Pine Cone Garland – If you want to go with a more natural look for decorating your tree, gather up as many pine cones as you can find. You can use pine cones of different sizes or try to keep the sizes the same. Once you’ve gathered all of your pine cones, unwind a length of twine. Using a hot glue gun, place a dot of hot glue on the bottom of each pine cone and press the twine into it until it dries.
- Coffee Filter Snowflakes – Make a lovely snowflake garden by cutting shapes out of folded up coffee filters. Simply fold the filter in half then fold it into thirds and then in half again. Use a pair of small, sharp scissors to cut shapes along the edges of the folded coffee filter then unfold to reveal your snowflake. Repeat as desired and glue the snowflakes to a length of string to make a garland.
- Lace Doily Garland – Gather up as many paper or lace doilies as you can for this project. All you need to do is lay out a length of string or twine and fold the garlands in half over the string. Glue the halves together so they remain in place and then hang your garland as desired. You can also make this garland with winter-themed cupcake wrappers or other round paper decorations.
- Jingle Bell Garland – Head to your local craft store and buy as many jingle bells as you can find. At home, spray paint the bells white (or your choice of color) and let them dry completely. When the bells are dry, string them onto a piece of twine or string at the desired interval. If the bells don’t have a loop to run the string through, just attach them to the string with a dot of hot glue.
These DIY garlands are incredibly easy to make but they can take your tree trimming skills to the next level. Don’t be afraid to get creative with any one of these ideas to make it uniquely your own. And make sure you keep your garlands to use next year!