How To Make & Hang Christmas Tree Garland

As you know I have been decorating a lot of Christmas trees at work and am finally done, now of course I have to decorate my own. At the store where I work, I use the merchandise to decorate the trees – all ready made garlands, ornaments, and ribbon.  When it comes time to decorate my own tree I like to use something a bit more unique, something creative, something I made.  You may remember the Friends and Family garland I made and showed you in a previous post.  My decorations don’t have to be fancy or expensive, in fact I love when I see some innovative twists on basic decorations, they inspire me to comes up with something new for my tree each year.

Back in the 90’s I contributed a few DIY decorating idea sections to a Christmas decorating book entitled,  An Old Fashioned Country Christmas.

An Old Fashioned Country Christmas

One of the sections was about creating Christmas tree garland from odds and ends.  Since we are all beginning to deck our halls, I thought I would share more than 10 ways that you can make and hang garland for your Christmas tree or mantel.  Garlands can be more fun as an an adult to make than it was as a child making garlands out of construction paper.  Garland making is pretty simple and can make for a  fun Girls Night In.  All you have to do is gather a bunch of garland making supplies, a few bottles of wine, and girlfriends for a fun night of holiday cheer and creativity.  Some eggnog and Christmas cookies might help, too.

 These ideas can be tweaked using your own color palette and style.  Mix and match the elements to see what you can come up with to trim your tree with this year.

DIY Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas-Garlands

Need some more inspiration?  How about using large jewelry making jump rings to string playing or board game cards into a garland. Or string vintage necklaces together to create a glamorous one.  You can find them in your grandmother’s jewelry box, thrift stores, flea markets, and on ebay.


My friend Karen covers little blocks of styrofoam with gift wrap and strings them with beads in between for a colorful present garland.

Christmas Tree Decorating Garland Ideas

I also found these easy ideas for unique garlands while browsing online.

At Re-Nest, they modernized the tried and true paper loop garland that we used to make as kids into a very stylish one using scrapbook paper or ribbon.

Christmas Tree Decorating Garland Ideas

I am one of those people who cut the buttons off of every old or stained garment before I throw it away.   I have amassed quite a collection and think this button garland from 2StixIn The Woods would look perfect in a room decorated in whites.

Christmas Tree Garland Ideas

A sweet garland I found over at Robin Beck’s Nest goes perfectly with the traditional red and green theme, plus it’s edible!  Yum.

Christmas Tree Decorating Garland Ideas

Calling all “Foodies” for this one.  One Layer Cake made a garland out of cupcake liners.   How clever.  It kind of has a Shabby Chic look.  Cupcakes are so popular and you can buy liners in every color and pattern imaginable so you can color coordinate your tree.

Christmas Tree Garland Ideas

Using a paper doily to make a snowflake creates an extra pretty snowflake, but stringing them together as they did over at Design Sponge will have you singing, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…while you decorate your tree.

Christmas Tree Garland Ideas

If you want to combine your ornaments and garland – try tying ornaments on pretty ribbon and hang as a decorative garland over mantels and doorways – no tree needed.

Christmas Tree Garland Ideas



-To store garland tangle-free, carefully wind them around cardboard wrapping paper tubes.

-Garland has more impact when it is doubled up.

-There are so many ways to hang garland on a tree, but I find I always go with the traditional way of draping it.

I have had this picture of the traditional placement of garland in my idea file for a very long time.   I still pull it out every Christmas as a handy guide.

How to put garland on a Christmas Tree

A few years ago I used dried hydrangeas instead of bows at each peak.  You can use anything, the important thing is that whatever you use is spaced evenly around the tree.

Have you decorated your tree yet?  Do you add garland or have any clever garland decorating  ideas?  I would love to hear all about it.  Do share.

 Christmas Tree Garland Ideas


  1. says

    I am going to set my tree up tonight (providing I can get MrReluctant to help drag it up the steps)! I love all types of garland…beaded…feather name it. I had popcorn for years along with strands of cranberries on a kitchen tree. The popcorn I sprayed with matte sealer and it lasted at least 15 years. Thanks for all the lovely ideas. Would you believe I still have that book!? I keep ALL my old Christmas decorating books…it’s a sickness! Hugs-Diana

    • says

      Hi Diana

      Wow – you still have the book. I am impressed. Great idea to spray sealer on the popcorn. I will have to file that idea away.

  2. says

    These are great tips! What I love about Christmas decorating is that there are no rules, anything goes. Every year I use my decorations in different ways to change it up. My fantasy is to have a tree in every room of different styles, but I never seem to have the energy or time to do that, oh well.

    • says

      Hi Stephanie-

      I agree with you that anything goes and it is fun to mix it up a bit and change from year to year. I have a friend who decorates 6 trees in her home every year – each with a different theme. This is the first year that she is re-thinking the number as it does take a lot of time and effort not only to put them all up , but to take them all down and packed away, too. I am a one tree girl!

  3. LouAnn says

    Thank you for the great idea. I have been looking for an idea to repurpose my late mother’s necklaces. My son just bought his first home and I plan on making the garland with some of the beads, alternating them with the styrofoam wrapped presents. I think it will be nice for him to use every year at Christmas to decorate his tree and remember his grandma.

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