Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
DIY Garland Craft Ideas
Handcrafted garlands are a beautiful addition to holiday (and other special-occasion) décor. Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthdays, and bridal and baby showers are all times when a garland is both appropriate and space-enhancing.
All of the ideas shown in this article include all the information needed to make the garland featured in the photo. I hope you find this article helpful in your search to find just the right project to suit your needs.
To make the beautiful Christmas garland shown above, go to the A Turtle's Life for Me site.
1. Stars and Buttons Garland
Make a patriotic stars garland for the 4th of July and Memorial Day celebrations this year. See how easy this garland is to make by going to THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE for the tutorial.
2. Fabric Leaf Garland
It won't take a whole lot of fabric to make this fall leaf garland. As a matter of fact, if you have scraps of fabric left over from other fall projects, you'll have plenty. The tutorial for making this fabric leaf garland is found at Good Housekeeping.
3. Disco Ball Garland
If you can find the tiny disco balls at a dollar store, this garland could be very inexpensive. You can find the directions for this project at the SHABBY CREEK COTTAGE.
4. Lighted Rag Garland
The tutorial for making this lighted rag garland is found at Infarrantly CREATIVE.
5. Gingerbread Man Christmas Garland
You'll find the tutorial for making the gingerbread men at Let's Do Something Crafty.
6. Paper Fan Garland
Make a fan garland for a birthday party, a bridal or baby shower or for a wedding. You'll find the easy to follow pictured tutorial on the CRAFTAHOLICS ANONYMOUS site.
7. Tassels Garland
By just changing the colors of the tissue paper, you will make each tassel garland unique. Perfect for any occasion. You'll find the instructions for making this garland at the sweetest occasion.
8. Make a Christmas Garland
Make a Christmas garland like a pro by following the tips given here. Simple and easy ideas for making the best garland ever.
9. Vintage Advent Calendar Garland
The instructions for this garland includes a very easy-to-understand tutorial on how to print vintage pictures onto linen fabric. Find the tutorial for making this advent calendar garland at HGTV.
10. Pumpkin Garland
A pumpkin wreath can be used when decorating for any fall occasion—plus Thanksgiving and Halloween. See how easy this impressive garland is to make by going to tatertots & jello for the tutorial.
11. Burlap Ribbon Garland
Imagine how beautiful and elegant this burlap ribbon garland will look on your mantel. Super easy directions to follow.
12. Glitter-Tipped Paper Feathers Garland
The pretty glittered tips on these paper feathers really makes this garland outstanding. Making this garland is a lot easier than the photo makes it appear. The tutorial for making the glitter-tipped feathers and for assembling the garland is found at lia griffith.
13. Double Heart Cards Garland
For a super attractive Valentine's Day garland, make this double row heart cards garland. You'll find the instructions for making this beautiful garland at Happiness is Homemade.
14. Mini Gift Boxes Garland
Make a little garland using these mini gift boxes for that mini Christmas tree that you want to decorate. Or, use two strands of these mini gift garlands to hang from the mantel. OH HAPPY DAY is where you'll find the tutorial.
15. Witch's Shoes Garland
This photo doesn't show the witch's shoes very well, but when you go to the Nap Time Journal site for the tutorial, you'll get a better look. A really nice Halloween garland.
16. Valentine Love Garland
Be sure to make this garland early so you can display it for the whole month of February. This pretty valentine garland can be made by following the tutorial at a pretty life.
17. Paper Heart Garland
18. Tissue Fringe Garland
There are so many beautiful themed and colored tissue papers available that the hardest part of making this garland will be picking out the tissue paper. BRIT+CO is the site you'll go to to find the tutorial.
19. Crocheted Hearts Garland
Make a beautiful crocheted hearts garland for a special occasion for an extra special person. A bridal or baby shower come to mind. The pattern directions for making this hearts garland can be found at Craft Night Blog .
20. Winter Garland
The tutorial for this garland, found on the Resin Crafts blog, uses wood slices.
21. Sugar Plum Garland
The colors used in making this sugar plum garland are so pretty. The sugar-coated look is outstanding.
22. Pinwheel Garland
Imagine all the ways that this pinwheel garland could be used. There are beautiful scrapbook papers for any and all occasions. You'll find the directions for making the pinwheels and the garland at Hoosier Homemade.
23. Crocheted Bows and Pom Pom Garland
Knowing how to crochet has its perks if you are wanting to make this crocheted bows and pom poms garland.
24. Cupcake Pom Poms Garland
This is a super easy-to-make garland, and the uses for it are too many to state. Be sure to go to CRAFTED BY LINDY for the tutorial.
25. Happy Halloween Garland
This is a Pottery Barn-inspired garland. Jute and canvas cloth makes this Halloween garland so special. Go to Sweet Something designs to find the tutorial.
26. Vintage Lace and Fabric Hearts Garland
I love the look of the vintage fabric hearts on the lace ribbon making up this garland. This would be perfect for a baby shower or a little girl's birthday party. Find the instructions for making this garland at That's So Gemma.
27. Tissue Flowers Garland
28. Cinnamon Sticks Garland
Any occasion or décor that uses the shabby chic theme would be enhanced with this cinnamon sticks garland. And can you imagine the wonderful aroma coming from the cinnamon sticks. The tutorial is found at Ruffled.
29. Star Garland
Make a star garland for your party or for your wedding. Stars are so appropriate for so many occasions that this garland will be useful many times during the year. GREEN WEDDING SHOES is where you'll go for the tutorial.
30. Cinnamon Angel Garland
31. Crepe Bows Garland
Crepe paper is used to make the bows for this garland, so the supplies to make it are very inexpensive. And the instructions are found on the FLAIR EXCHANGE blog.
32. Doily Garland
This simply beautiful doily garland is so easy to make, but look how it adds elegance. Make it for a Valentine's Day decoration, or add chair garlands to enhance your bridal table. Go to Ella Claire to find the tutorial for making this doily garland.
33. Easy Christmas Trees Garland
The kids will love helping make this garland using cardstock and twine. The super easy instructions are found at Design IMPROVISED. Use a cookie cutter for your tree pattern.
34. Salt Dough and Jute Garland
It's been some time since I last made salt dough, but this salt dough garland has me interested in getting back to it.
35. Corn Husk Pom Poms Garland
The corn husk pom poms and the autumn leaves on this garland are so attractive. I could definitely decorate with this garland. The instructions for making this garland with corn husk pom poms is found at Centsational Girl.
36. All-Occasions Felt Garland
The tutorial at The Spruce Crafts explains how to make the letters for a Thanksgiving (or other occasions) garland. This would be a great garland idea for a classroom.
37. Love Garland
Make a garland for Valentine's Day with love letters to decorate the mantel. Bugaboo City shares the tutorial for this garland.
38. Snowman Garland on a Wire
I love these snowmen! To make the snowman garland, you first make the paper balls that will be the snowmen. Check this one out.
39. Pom Pom Garland
Look at the outstanding pom pom garland that can be made using beautiful yarns. Find the tutorial for making this Pom Pom Garland at Momtastic Life.
40. I Love You More Garland
Make this special garland for your wedding reception. It expresses a real love message. Go to One Fab Day for the instructions for this beautiful garland.
41. Hearts Garland
Any occasion that has anything to do with love will be a perfect occasion for this garland. Valentine's Day, bridal and baby showers, weddings, birthdays are all those special occasions. Go to GREEN WEDDING SHOES for the hearts garland tutorial.
42. Vintage Fabrics Garland
You'll love this vintage fabrics garland for your wedding decorations. Go to INTIMATE WEDDINGS to find the tutorial for making this garland.
43. Halloween Garland
I love the raffia included in this garland. Find the instructions for making it at Holiday Crafts AND CREATIONS.
44. Flower Garland
Oh, this is so very lovely. RUSTIC WEDDING Chic shares the tutorial for making this floral garland for yourself. This garland could be used for almost any occasion where you want a garland.
45. Baby's Breath and Birds Garland
The birds added to this baby's breath garland gives this an outstanding look. I think I'd consider using music sheet paper to make the birds. The bird template and the tutorial for making this garland are found at oncewed .
46. Holiday Garlands
You'll find the instructions on how to make all four of the holiday garlands shown here. Just follow the instructions at the sweetest occasion to make your own garlands.
47. Rainbow Geo Garland
When you have a large area to decorate, then garlands like these make filling that space easier. You'll find the directions for making the geometric design garlands at OH HAPPY DAY.
48. Wooden Beads Garlands
Have you noticed how strung wooden beads are used in centerpiece decorations? Make this wooden beads garland and use it all year round.
49. Starfish Garland
Imagine a beachside wedding or party, and then imagine how nice a starfish garland would look as its décor. The tutorial at THE chickabug BLOG includes directions on making salt dough starfish.
50. Bandana Banner Garland
Another outstanding garland idea. Some occasions beg for the use of bandanas in the décor, and when that happens, go to THIRTY HANDMADE DAYS for the tutorial for making this bandana garland.
51. Ghost Garland
I think this would be so much fun to make with a classroom of kids. They would love to make and display this work of art. Find the instructions for making this Halloween garland at Aunt Annie.
52. Easy Valentine Garland
I love the looks of raffia in crafts, so this Valentine's Day garland made with mini string lights, raffia, and hearts is exactly the look I wanted. It can also be used as a bridal shower or wedding decoration. Find the instructions here.
© 2015 Loraine Brummer
Do You Love Garlands for Seasonal and Holiday Decorating? or leave a comment.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 28, 2015:
I love it that there is a garland for almost any occasion. And they are easy to make.
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on January 25, 2015:
I love the garlands you showcased. I've never tried to make a garland. I think I will now.