Gather your loved ones, pour a glass of cider and get started planning your holiday party because the most wonderful time of the year is here.

There are many cheerful traditions that mark the turn of the holiday season, but it doesn’t truly feel like Christmas until holiday decor makes an appearance. Between twinkling lights, fresh wreaths and Christmas flowers, you’ll surely know when “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”And though we love all decor reminiscent of winter festivities, this season is all about the DIY Christmas garland ideas.

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Whether strung through the bannister, hung across the mantle or woven between the Christmas tree branches, there’s no holiday decor item more versatile than the garland. The best part is that creating your own DIY Christmas garland is extremely fun and surprisingly simple.

Follow our Christmas garland tutorial below to spell out your holiday cheer. Even if it’s your first time making one, the material list isn’t extensive and the steps are straightforward.

This is one of those Christmas decoration elements that’ll hold your guests’ attention throughout the celebration. Before you roll up your sleeves, take a peek at the materials you’ll need below.

DIY Christmas Garland Materials

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  • Vine-Wrapped Wire – You’ll use the wrapped wire to spell out the holiday saying of your choice, then you’ll attach your greenery to it. Naturally wrapped wire will ensure you won’t cut yourself and will make for a more organic look and feel. For this particular garland, we used a 45 ft. roll.
  • Floral Wire – Floral wire will be used to attach both your greenery and flowers to the vine-wrapped wire.
  • Holiday Greenery – You can use any type of greenery to create your garland, although pine needles and christmas tree foliage work well for the holidays. In this tutorial, we used Australian pine.
  • String – You’ll use string to hang your garland. Consider where you’ll display your finished DIY and pick out a color that matches well. Depending on where you’re displaying your garland and for what occasion, you can also opt to use washi tape to stick your garland to the wall, mantle or wherever you’d like. Washi tape is a fun way to add pattern or color to your Christmas display. If you’re looking for a more polished method, nails and a hammer are always an option.
  • Scissors – You’ll need scissors throughout the entire project, so be sure to have some on hand.

Now that you have an idea of the materials you’ll need for your Christmas garland, read on to find out how to put it together.

DIY Christmas Garland Step-by-Step

Project Time: 1 hour

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Step 1: Bend the wire to create a frame that spells out your favorite holiday saying.
We went with, “Tis the Season!” Use your fingers to bend the vine-wrapped wire, but also utilize the scissors where needed. Before you start your project, decide how large you’d like your garland to be. The size of your garland will dictate how large you’ll need to make your letters. For reference, our letters are 8-10 inches high.

Pro Tip: Write out the words on paper and use it as a stencil to guide and bend your wire.

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Step 2: Once you’ve molded your wire frame, it’s time to add greenery.
Cut pieces of greenery to fit your molded letters and wrap them around the wire frame. Secure each piece of foliage into place using the floral wire. Be sure to overlap the foliage as much as possible around the corners of each letter so that they look seamless and legible.

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Step 3: Create loops using the floral wire and attach them to the tops of your letters.
Attach the floral wire to each letter by twisting the wire to assure that your garland won’t fall. For larger letters like “N” attach two loops so that your letters hang evenly.

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Step 4: Now, it’s time to attach your letters to a piece of string or fishing line.
Your string or line should be long enough to feature all of the letters you’ve created. We recommend stringing the line through all of the loops and then cutting it to make sure you’ve got the correct size.

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Step 5: Choose a spot to hang your holiday garland.
For a quick and cute way to display your garland, use washi tape with a fun pattern. This would be the perfect hanging option for a holiday party or intimate get-together. If you’re looking to create something more sophisticated for Christmas dinner, you can hang your garland using a hammer and nails.

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Complete your holiday decor with a Christmas garland DIY that is simple yet elegant and easy to create. Plus, greenery garlands are the perfect way to bring the outdoors inside. You won’t regret creating your own! If you’re looking for more decor inspiration, take a peek at our collection of Christmas garland ideas below. Don’t forget to download, save and share the quick Christmas garland how-to below!

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Christmas Garland Ideas

With endless holiday sayings to choose from and a ton of greenery options, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your Christmas decor. No matter how you’re going to celebrate this holiday season, there are a handful Christmas garland ideas to fit your festivities. To help you complete your Christmas garland display, we’ve created a collection of various garland ideas. Whether you’re interested in incorporating bright pops of color or looking to add more texture, step up your Christmas decor game with something one-of-a-kind.

Browse the collection below to find traditional ideas, unique ideas and Christmas garland ideas for the tree. One of these Christmas garland ideas is sure to catch your eye.

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If your Christmas tree is looking a little bare this year, cheer it up with a DIY Christmas garland. With plenty of fun ideas including leather chain work and advent calendar ideas, you’ll be sure to find a garland that looks just as pretty as it is fun to create.

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Gingerbread Letter Garlands by hello, Wonderful
Mini Wreath Garland Ideas by The Sweetest Occasion
Foodie Christmas Garland Ideas by Freutcake
Mini Pine Cone Garland by eat, knit & d.i.y.
Mini Present Garland Ideas by OH HAPPY DAY
Simple Gold Triangle Garland by Almost Makes Perfect
Wood Bead Christmas Garland by Oleander + Palm
Snowy Mountain Garland by Art Camp
DIY Star Garland by Say Yes

christmas garland ideas traditional

There’s really nothing better than a traditional holiday garland to get you in the spirit. No matter what look you are going for, there are plenty of ways to spice up your traditional greenery to fit every aesthetic. These particular garland ideas are simple to make and will surely complete your holiday decor.

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Bow Christmas Garland Idea by Just a Girl
Christmas Garland Ideas With Lights by StoneGable
Christmas Card Garland by Nine & Sixteen Home
Front Door Christmas Garland Ideas by Thistlewood Farms
Pinecone Rosette Garland by Martha Stewart
Pine Greenery Garland by Better Homes and Gardens
Evergreen Garland by Craft Thyme
Garland Twist DIY by Nesting With Grace

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If you’re looking for a holiday decor piece that your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off of, then these unique Christmas garland ideas are just for you. From bright colors and Christmas tree cactus, you’ll be surprised by the ideas below.

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Cactus Christmas Garland by Bespoke Bride
Pom Pom Crochet Garland by fun crafts kids
Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland by The Sweetest Occasion
DIY Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar by The House That Lars Built
DIY Felt Garland by Tell Love and Party
Bright Christmas Lights Garland by Studio DIY
Cinnamon and Dried Orange Garland by jojotastic
Star Garland Advent Calendar by A Beautiful Mess
Oversized Holly and Berry Garland by The House That Lars Built

Step up your Christmas decor game with something one-of-a-kind and don’t forget to complete the look with a Christmas wreath or Christmas centerpiece to tie everything together. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit.