How to make a Christmas garland for your home
Let’s bring on Christmas crafting and deck the home from top to bottom with an easy-to-make DIY festive garland.
Making your own garland is a great way to add some of your personality to your Christmas decorations and you can match it to your existing home décor.
A DIY festive garland can be used to decorate your banister and a whole host of other places around the home, too. You can use the same steps for a fireplace, door arch, window sill or wherever you want to add a bit of Christmas cheer!
Just grab all those left-over baubles from the tree, a few other accessories, hit play on the Christmas tunes and let’s go...
Grab your garland!
Start with your garland. At wilko, we have a wide range from a festive holly garland that you can decorate yourself to a selection of pre-decorated garlands to suit your taste.
If you’re short on time or a beginner you may want to choose a pre-decorated garland like our gorgeous cones and berries garland. The flexible wire makes it easy to just attach and go – that’s a little win!
For the more experienced crafter, we’ve got plain garlands so you can decorate it just the way you like.
For our garland we’ve used the wilko Waverly Cones and Berries Garland, and it has a matching wreath which can be purchased separately.
Once you’ve selected your garland, simply attach it to your banister using cable ties.
Then, light it up!
Now it’s the fun bit... time to add some sparkly lights to your garland.
We think adding lights makes it look extra festive and they help brighten the space.
Carefully, weave the lights in and out, and around the garland, spreading them evenly as you go.
We used wilko 20 warm white naked wire lights because the wire is small and the lights only need 2 AA batteries, so they don’t need to be plugged in – that's a little win!
Next, add Christmas decorations
Once the lights are added its time to add the all-important decorations to make it look even more Christmassy! You can choose to coordinate your tree with your existing colour scheme for a super polished look, and make use of any spare baubles by adding them to your garland instead!
We used both mini and regular baubles for our garland, but you could go for our supersize baubles for the added wow factor!
Hang each bauble carefully to the garland, securing it with the string attached to the top.
Top tip – if you have some old baubles you were planning on throwing out, if they no longer match or are looking a bit worse for wear…. why not spray paint them and add to your garland!
We think it doesn’t have to be just baubles, so let’s get creative with it! We have a whole range of festive crafting accessories, like picks, bells, cinnamon sticks and more! If you want an easy way of attaching your decorations, our hobby wire is just the job and its green colour will blend into the garland perfectly.
Add as many decorations as you like until you're happy with the finished look!
Taa daaa... it’s done!
You might need to tweak your garland a bit to get it looking just right.
Top tip – give the garland a gentle nudge to make sure nothing is loose, so you can make any adjustments if you need to.
Stand back and enjoy the warm, Christmassy magic of your finished garland. You may want to treat yourself to some mulled wine or a mince pie for all your hard work!
Remember, even if you don’t have a banister, you can still decorate lots of other places at home with a gorgeous hand-made garland. Just follow the same steps for a fireplace, door arch or window sill... the opportunities are endless!
If you liked our DIY festive garland craft, we’re sure you’ll love our make your own wreath blog. For more Christmas inspiration visit our Christmas ideas and advice page.
We’d love to know, what else are you crafting this Christmas? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram.