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How to Make the Cutest DIY Christmas Garlands

Garland doesn’t always look like green branches. It can be all colors, materials, shapes, and sizes. I’m going to show you how to make the cutest DIY Christmas garlands.

This DIY Christmas garland is one of my favorites. It’s pretty, bright, happy, and festive.

The idea for these DIY Christmas garlands came from one tiny little thing – felt balls. Then the idea grew to felt and embroidery thread. The idea for creating cute garlands grew and grew.

Have you ever worked with felt and felt balls? They are such easy materials to use and readily available online or at your local craft stores.

I actually created my first garland using felt for a Valentine’s Day heart garland. If you can make a heart garland, then why not a Christmas tree garland?

We’re kicking off November with a new Celebrate the Holiday. Of course, our theme is Christmas. We like to stay ahead to get you plenty of great holiday ideas early.

I’ve taken a peek at what my contributors are sharing and you’ll love the Christmas ideas. Are you coming from the talented Kim of Perfecting Places? I love Kim’s style.

Welcome to this November edition of Celebrate the Holiday. I hope you enjoy yourself.

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Cutest DIY Christmas Garlands: Mix and Match

What do I love about these Christmas garlands? You can change them up, mix them up, or hang them together or separately.

You can change the colors to match your Christmas color theme. Mix up the patterns. The possibilities are endless.

These two cute DIY Christmas garlands would be used on our living room mantel. You could also use them on a banister, mirror, or across a chest, a bookcase or a headboard.

Steps to Make These Cute Christmas Garlands

First, I measured the width of our mantel. You want to know the approximate width of wherever you are going to put your garland as you are making it.

The great thing about felt and felt balls is that they come in dozens of colors. Felt balls come in different sizes, too.

Supplies for 2 DIY Christmas Garlands with Felt and Felt Balls

My color theme for Christmas this year is red and white, so I ordered the cutest red felt balls with designs from Etsy, but they are available on Amazon, too. Red felt is available online and at your local craft stores.

*denotes items I already had on hand

Making the Felt Ball Garland

Step 1 – Gather your supplies. I put the three felt balls – polka dots, swirls, and solid white – in different bowls to make it easy to arrange the pattern on my garland.

bowls of red and white felt balls

Step 2 -Decide the pattern you want for your felt balls. I had 60 white felt balls and 10 each of the polka-dot and swirl felt balls. I decided to use two felt balls between one of the polka-dot and swirl red balls.

Step 3 – Thread your embroidery thread through your large darning needle. Don’t cut any thread. You will continue adding felt balls onto the thread until you have the length you need.

embroidery thread, needle and scissors

Step 4 – Start your garland by pushing the needle through the center of your first felt ball. I started with two white felt balls. You may have to push a bit to get the needle through the felt ball, but it actually is very easy.

Pull the needle and thread through the felt ball and push it back a foot or two. You want to have plenty of slack for adding more balls.

Step 5 – Keeping the pattern that you want in mind, continue threading the needle through the felt balls. Slide them back toward your first ball as you go. My pattern was two white balls – one polka-dot ball – two white balls – one swirl ball.

I kept going until I used all my red felt balls. I used a total of 20 red felt balls and 42 white balls. (Yes, I know I’m one white felt ball short in this picture, but I did add it.)

felt ball garland in white and read polka~dots and swirls

This DIY Christmas garland was so easy. I made it one Sunday afternoon while we were watching a Cowboy game. I think it took me less than one quarter.

Step 6 – Hang your cute DIY Christmas garland. Don’t cut off the embroidery thread until you know how much swag you want and the width of your mantel or wherever you are going to hang the garland.

TIP: It definitely helps to have another person hold up one end while you adjust the amount and swag and adjust the balls.

I’ll show you the finished garland after I show you how to make the Christmas tree garland.

How to Make the Christmas Tree Garland

Since I made a Valentine’s garland last February, I have wanted to make a Christmas tree garland. I estimated that I would need ten trees. That meant I needed 20 Christmas trees.

Instead of buying red felt, I decided to use felt I already had on hand. A few years ago, I made eight red felt placemats. I thought I would just use a couple of them to make the Christmas tree garland.

Step 1 – Using a piece of cardstock or cardboard, make a template for your Christmas tree. I used a ruler to measure about 7 inches on each long side.

Step 2 – I angled the lines to form a point and it becomes a simple Christmas tree. I drew a line with the ruler across the bottom to make the shape of a tree. Then I made a small trunk by hand.

Step 3 – Lay your template on top of the felt, starting at an edge. Trace around the tree template. I used a Sharpie. Line each tree up against one another along the straight lines. I got 10 trees – barely – on each place mat.

red felt with cardboard Christms tree templace

Step 4 – Cut out each tree with sharp sewing scissors. They don’t have to be perfect. You can trim any extra felt when you place two felt trees together.

red felt Christmas trees

Step 5 – Thread your embroidery thread onto a darning needle. On the back side of one of the trees, start sewing the two pieces of felt together. You could use a blanket stitch, but I just used a running 1/4-inch stitch. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Don’t cut the embroidery thread from the embroidery bundle.

sewing red felt Christmas trees together

Step 6 – Stuff small pieces of batting into the felt Christmas tree, pushing it into the points. It helps to use the blunt end of a wood skewer.

stuffing batting into red felt Christmas trees

Step 7 – When you have finished stuffing, you can now tie off the thread on the backside of the tree. Cut off the excess thread.

tieing thread on back of red felt Christmas trees

Step 8 – I wanted to use a little pom-pom as a star. I had some trim with white pop-poms on hand. I cut off ten pom-poms.

Step 9 – Use your glue to attach the pom-poms to the tip of the Christmas tree.

You could use the felt Christmas trees in different ways, but we are going to make them into another Christmas garland.

red felt Christmas tree with white pom~pom

Step 10 – Thread your large darning needle again but don’t cut off any length. Just as you did for the felt ball garland, decide how you want to mix in the red and white felt balls.

I used an alternating pattern – white, red white – between each felt Christmas tree.

Follow the same instructions for threading this garland as you did for the felt ball garland.

The embroidery thread will easily go through the top of the felt Christmas trees. Put your needle just below the white pom-pom.

Step 11 – Either hang your Christmas tree garland separately or with the felt ball garland. I chose to combine both DIY Christmas garlands together on the mantel.


The Cutest Christmas Garland on the Mantel

Here is how our mantel turned out with the two garlands.

DIY Christmas garlands on the mantel

If I were doing this garland again, I would probably switch the order of the red and white balls between the Christmas trees.

I still love the result. The red and white garland against the white of our fireplace surround adds a great pop of color for the holidays.

If you have kids you can trust with a needle, then this would be a great project for them.

I hope you love how cheerful these DIY Christmas garlands look. Remember that you can use any colors you like.

DIY Christmas garlands on the mantel

If you have all your decorations for this year done, then please PIN this project to your Christmas boards for next year. You’ll be ahead of the game. The list of my Celebrate the Holiday partners is below.

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  1. this was such a great tutorial, Carol! I love how you added the varying polka dots and the red Christmas trees. Both added so much whimsy to your gorgeous mantel! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I have always loved making felt wood garlands and love this idea of adding these cute trees! This looks so fabulous on your mantel with your Santa Claus collection. So many possibilities! Great tutorial, Carol!

  3. Your garlands are adorable, Carol! I need to make some this year! Thanks for sharing and for organizing our blog hop!

  4. I just love your tutorials; they are always so clear and easy to follow. I have enjoyed making all kinds of garlands for the last several years; just bought 2 black pennant ones at Michael’s clearance for next Halloween! Several years ago I made Christmas tree ornaments with green denim very similar to yours; they went well at our church bazaar! Want to do more!

  5. These are super cute Carol! I love how you can adapt them with different colors and motifs! Great tutorial. Pinning! XO- MaryJo

  6. HI Carol, This is so pretty and it looks amazing against the white fireplace mantel!
    So pretty! Thank you for hosting!

  7. I love felt projects! Your tree garland is so cute and bright and happy! This is putting me in the mood to start my Christmas projects. Love it Carol!

  8. I’m totally in love with those swirl and polka dot felt balls. They look cute in a garland! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty.