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DIY Christmas Garland Ideas

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Spread the holiday cheer with these indoor and outdoor decorating ideas using Christmas garland that you can make. They’re festive additions to your Christmas tree, staircase, front door or fireplace mantel.

Christmas garland placed low on a staircase railing and embellished with picks and metallic Christmas ornaments.
Fresh green holiday garland used as a centerpiece on a dinner table, with copper-colored Christmas ornaments, pinecones, berries and votive candles.

Use garland in unexpected ways, such as winding it along a tabletop as a centerpiece (place a runner underneath to ground the decor and keep scratches off the table). Then get creative with ornaments – Christmas balls, berries and pinecones – and inset gleaming votives to give the arrangement a little lighting. The monochromatic color scheme here makes a simple, lovely display. If you want more color, add red berries and multicolored ornaments.

Christmas staircase with garland at railing base, with silver and white ornaments inserted; white ball ornaments hang singly from ribbon from banister.

Make your staircase garland display a unique one. Use zip-ties or twine (avoids scratches) to attach garland at the base of the railings close to the stair treads instead of on the banister and load it with Christmas ornament balls, picks and berries. Then balance it out with ornaments hung singly from the banister with Christmas ribbon. The cascading effect of this white-and-silver display is frosty elegance.

Green Christmas wreath decorated with red berries and draped around an empty picture frame with a silver star attached, set among holiday decor on a dresser.

Drape a fresh, fragrant green garland over a large picture frame without the glass, and decorate it simply with red berries. This allows you to “frame” whatever other Christmas decor you wish – like this large metal star hung from twine and a cute owl ornament.

M-shape garland as a wall display with multicolor Christmas ball ornaments in a white-paneled room with a small Christmas tree and coat rack.

Form artificial garland into customized Christmas decor, such as this monogram display. Cut a letter out of cardboard and spray-paint it green. Punch holes around the cutout’s edge, shape the garland on the front to form the letter, and attach it with wire through the holes. Add colorful ornaments and hang it from wire loops. It’s ready to use year after year.

String garland of yellow and red holly shapes against a blue background.

Make a holly-style garland from birch knobs and wooden joining biscuits. Spray-paint the ornaments and hot-glue them onto jute rope, then drape on the Christmas tree or across a wall for fun glimpses of color.

Garland made of wooden disks hung on the side of a black table.

This dowel disk garland is made by cutting slices from round wooden dowels and using screw eyes to attach the disks to jute rope. It gives a woodsy yet festive look wherever you drape it.

Stairway with decorated garland on banister, a lighted Christmas tree and art on the wall.


Nothing says Christmas like a green garland shimmering with ornaments and draping a banister. This display began with an unadorned artificial garland. With snowball and gold ornaments, gold stars and eucalyptus leaves wired in, it becomes a festive display. Use twine to attach to the railing to avoid scratching the woodwork.

Nothing says Christmas like a green garland shimmering with ornaments and draping a banister. This display began with an unadorned artificial garland. With snowball and gold ornaments, gold stars and eucalyptus leaves wired in, it becomes a festive display. Use twine to attach to the railing to avoid scratching the woodwork.

String holiday garland of white angel shapes against a blue background.

The figures in this angel garland are made from birch knobs (the heads), pieces of pine handrail (the bodies), wooden joining biscuits (wings) and wire (halos). String them along twisted sisal rope and wind through your Christmas tree or drape on a mantel.

Red poinsettias strung together with greenery and hung as a Christmas garland along a wall chair rail.

A swag of cut poinsettias drapes prettily along a wall’s chair rail and makes for a festive – and unusual – Christmas garland. Cut blooms, leaving 3- to 4-inch stems. Remove the lower leaves and thread the stems through chain and into a floral pick filled with water. Hang using Command mini hooks. Check the water daily; blooms can last up to 2 weeks.

Small house shapes attached to white Christmas string lights.

Create little houses from white corrugated plastic and spray-paint them, then hot-glue the house onto a string of white lights. This lighted house garland adds a sweet look to the Christmas tree, mantel or staircase.