Today I am going to share with you how to make these easy DIY Christmas garlands.
The garlands are made out of strips of felt and wood beads. I made 7 strands to string on our Christmas tree, each 6 feet long. To tie the look together, you may want to make additional garlands to add to your tabletops and banisters. Intertwining with greens and white lights make your DIY Christmas garlands extra festive.
Every few years I pick a new theme for our Christmas tree. I decided our tree had to be bohemian and colorful. As you know from my previous post, I selected some vintage ornaments we inherited from my mother-in-law and mixed them with handmade ornaments, plus some store bought ornaments. However, I really wanted to pull the look all together. The DIY Christmas garlands created the perfect balance on our tree.
Here’s what you need to make your own DIY Christmas garlands.
*String or multi-colored baker’s twine, 6 feet plus 4 inches per garland
*Felt in 6 colors, ½ yard each
*Colored wood beads in assorted sizes and colors
*Sharp fabric scissors
1. For each garland, cut your string or baker’s twine approximately 6 feet, 4 inches. Make a loop on the one end of your string and then tie a double knot. You will want approximately a 2-inch loop on the end of your garland.
2. Next, cut strips out of your 6 colors of felt. I made my felt strips approximately ¾ inch wide by 6 inches.
3. Now simply overhand knot the felt strips onto your string, alternating colors. In my garlands, I tied the 6 colors on in random order, then another 6 in random order for a total of 12 felt strips.
4. To break up the felt sections, add about 3 inches of assorted wood beads to the garland. Use a large-eye needle if necessary to string the beads.
*I found colorful beads to match my colors of felt. However, you can also buy unfinished wood beads, and then paint them with acrylic paints.
5. Continue alternately tying sections of felt strips and beads until you get close to the end of your garland, ending with a section of felt strips.
6. To complete the garland, tie the remaining open end of your garland string into a loop and knot it as you did in Step One.
Have fun decorating with your festive DIY Christmas garlands! Click here to see our next boho Christmas decorating project, Mixed Media Tart Tin Ornaments.