How to Decorate Garland

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With so many ideas out there on how to decorate for Christmas, it could get overwhelming trying to figure out how to spruce up your Christmas garland. The good news is that for every style and for every taste, there are numerous ideas that will work. Whether you are going for a country look or a look the kids will love, the following are some easy ways that you can decorate garland for Christmas.

Bows and Berries

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What you need:

  • Garland
  • Wireless white lights
  • Holly berries
  • Color-coordinating 2″ wired ribbon
  • Twist ties

" "Perhaps one of the most classic Christmas garland decorations is holly berries. Add coordinating bows to your berries for an even more sophisticated look. Before anything else, decide if you want to put lights on the garland. Lights will not only illuminate the garland but will help the holly berries and bows to stand out as well. Simply string a strand of white lights down the length of the garland, securing it with twist ties. Using more twist ties, connect sprigs of holly berries to the garland, about every 6 inches, with some facing forward, and others more to the back. Make big red bows out of 2″ wired ribbon, and attach those to the Christmas garland, spacing them about every foot. If the garland is going to be on top of a table or a mantel, place some pillar candles in the center for even more ambiance.


What you need:

  • Garland
  • 5″x7″ photos taken during the current year
  • Glue
  • Red, white, green cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • 1/2″ Christmas ribbon
  • Double-sided tape

If your garland is located in a spot where there is room for the decorations to hang down, such as on a railing or the edge of the mantel, decorate garland with photographs. Collect enough family photos from the year to be able to hang one about every foot on the garland. Print each picture so that they are all 5″x7″. Glue each picture on a piece of red, white, or green cardstock and trim around the picture, leaving about 1/2″ of paper all the way around. For a more personalized look, print out these free Christmas mattes onto card stock. Attach a 12″ piece of 1/2″ Christmas ribbon to the two top corners of each photograph using double-sided tape. Tie the other ends of the ribbon to a branch on the garland, making a bow out of the ribbon. Connect the next picture to the garland a foot away from the first, and so on.

Here are some free printable frame borders for your garland photographs.

Santa Christmas Frame Traditional Christmas Frame Snowman Christmas Frame Shimmer Gray Christmas Frame
Rudolph Christmas Frame Red and White Christmas Frame Nativity Christmas Frame Angels Christmas Frame


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What you need:

  • Garland
  • Wireless lights
  • Favorite ornaments
  • Twist ties

Just because your Christmas garland is draped over something, that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate garland like a Christmas tree. Whether you have a tree or not, use some of the tree decorations for the garland. Simply hang the ornaments on the garland in the same way that you would hang them on the Christmas tree. If you plan to string lights on the garland as well, be sure to do the lights first so that the ornaments don’t get in the way. Secure the lights with twist ties.

Pine Cones and Branches

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What you need:

  • Garland
  • Pine cones, small twigs, branches, seed pods or any other natural item you want to add
  • Gold spray paint
  • Burnt orange spray paint
  • Hot glue
  • Gold ribbon, cream ribbon or twine
  • Cream, gold, brown ribbon

If you are going for a more rustic look, there are some fun things you can do to decorate garland. First, collect pine cones, small twigs and branches, seed pods, and other dried items from nature. Spray paint some of the items with gold paint, others with burnt orange paint, and leave some of them natural. When everything is dry, assemble your garland. Attach the items to the garland with a hot glue gun. Pine cones and seed pods can be glued on as-is. For sticks and twigs, bundle a handful together and tie the bundle with gold or cream ribbon. Glue the bundle to the garland. When you have added everything from nature, fill in some of the empty spaces with cream, gold, and brown ribbon.

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