How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Christmas Garland

How to make a Christmas tree garland using pipe cleaners or chenille stems from the craft store. It is a fast and super easy project.

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When I was at Michaels a few weeks ago to buy items to decorate my Dream Tree Challenge tree, I saw the garland below for sale.

Christmas Pipe Cleaner Garland

They were red, green, and white. I thought they would make the perfect DIY Christmas decorations.

I loved the sparkly look, but passed them by because the tree I was decorating was for my dining room where the decorating color scheme is white and turquoise.

chenille pipe cleaners

It was not until I was over in the kids crafting aisle that I saw the wall of “Chenille Stems” in every color imaginable. That is when I got the idea to make my own DIY Christmas Decorations using pipe cleaner.


I made mine using silver & shimmery white chenille pipe cleaners or chenille stems as some of the packages were marked.


As well as 3 shades of turquoise & shimmery white.


Does anyone know when colorful pipe cleaners became Chenille Stems?  I missed that memo.


Whatever you want to call them, they are fun little pieces of wire and fiber that can be made into many different things.

I used them on one of my most popular posts – No Slip Hangers was created using them.


I am a fan of tree garland and think every tree looks better when something is wrapped or draped stylishly around the tree.

These pipe cleaner garlands are easy to make, festive, and fun holiday décor that can be draped not only over trees, but also:

  • over frames
  • on mantels
  • staircase banisters
  • chair backs
  • doorway frames
  • wherever you want!

I made my garland while in a waiting room last week when I took my dad for scans and tests. It was so easy to make that even your kids could make their own.

As I made each loop and the garland got longer, I kept it in a tote bag by the side of the chair I was sitting in.

It was a conversation starter. Nurses, techs, and patients all wanted to see what I was making and asked how to do it. I think I picked up a few new readers and I gave out quite a few business cards.

How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Garland for a Christmas Decorating

Most garlands sold in stores are 9ft, but since you are making your own, you can make it one long chain or make separate chains of various lengths to place on your tree.  A short one to go around the top of the tree, the longest to go around the bottom or widest part of a Christmas tree.

supplies needed:

  • Chenille pipe cleaners – for the 7 ft. tall tree, I used 4 packs that = 100 pipe cleaners
  • Wire Cutters

1. Cut each chenille pipe cleaner in half with wire cutters.  If you want large loops – don’t cut in half – make the loops with the whole pipe cleaner.

Christmas-tree-crafts chenille garland

2. Make a circle shape with one of the cut stems and twist the ends together. Use your fingers to flatten the twisted ends so they don’t stick out.

3. Take another cut stick and put one end of it through the first circle.  Then twist the ends as in step #2.

4. Repeat the process until you have the length of garland you need.

More DIY Christmas Garland Ideas

If you enjoyed those ideas, perhaps it’s time to grab a cup of tea, sit down, and discover more Christmas inspiration.


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  1. I’ve seen them referred to as fuzzy sticks too.
    I dunno….I used pipe cleaners as a child and never once considered taking up pipe smoking. I think the name was pretty safe.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Amy – Same here. Funny :-) Pipe cleaners were just a fun item to create with.

  2. Amanda Lee says:

    Diane, Did you know that someone has copied all your pictures from this tutorial and created a sort of picture tutorial for their own blog? While they do link to your post, there is no attribution, other that your own watermarks, and there is really no reason for anyone to click the links, since the full visual tutorial is on the other blog. The blog is called Diy Craft Projects, and it has over a million likes on Facebook. The blog seems to consist entirely of other people’s tutorials.
    I found it while investigated the unauthorized used of tutorials from my own blog.

  3. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I missed that memo as well. I already did the pipe cleaners on some of my clothes hangers and that is the best.

    I want to do these garlands as well. I like that this is something a bit more safe for me to use with my kitty kats and just beautiful too.

  4. I’d like to know when ponytail holders become hair ties :)
    Thanks for another great idea.

  5. Leena Lanteigne says:

    How cute! My little grand babes would love making these for their Christmas tree in the family room! I love to do little projects like this with them – thank you for the inspiration! Hugs, Leena

  6. Hi,
    I’m with you – missed the memo changing from pipe cleaners to chenille stems.
    Enjoy your thanksgiving our’s (Canada’s) was in October.

  7. Love the garlands and how awesome to be able to coordinate with whatever color decor you want. Pipe cleaners became chenille stems many years ago when they were used in the floral industry [we use them in hollow stems to provide a water source] and now in the craft market. Not to many folks cleaning pipes with them anymore and for sure the synthetic fiber would resist the cleaning process!!! Fun post!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Pegy – That makes sense that the floral industry had its own name for them. Thanks for taking the time to tell me. XO

  8. Amanda Michelle says:

    Cute idea! I always love your posts. :)

  9. I love this idea! Very cute and I love your turquoise color scheme, so pretty!!

  10. Nana Diana says:

    THAT is a very cute idea- One I will use with the grandkids-xo Diana

  11. I love these! We are Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah. I am always looking for decorating ideas, but as you can imagine, there are not many options (there are only so many ways to dress up a Menorah, a dreidel or a Star of David). These are wonderful because they can be customized (ironically in colors similar to the ones you used)and would add some sparkle to this year’s Hanukkah party. Thank you!

  12. I always have a Thanksgiving craft project for the kids in attendance (we are up to 8, none mine) for after dinner when the grow ups break into football watching and chatting around the table groups. This will be one of this years crafts. Thanks!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deb – That will be fun – so many colors to choose from. You can have a contest to see who can make the longest garland. :)