DIY Tutorial: Holiday Ornament Garland Tutorial

DIY Tutorial: Holiday Ornament Garland Tutorial


I know some of you have been waiting awhile for this tutorial, and I’m so happy to show you how the ornament garland from my Home Depot Holiday Challenge was done.  It is super easy; in fact, so easy that I felt silly even calling this a tutorial.  If you can string something, you can make this garland, and it does look quite beautiful.

Basically, all you need is twine (or ribbon if you so choose – I used twine because it seemed sturdier, and your garland will be H-E-A-V-Y if you make a big one) and a ton of ornaments.

And oh yes, I made you a video to show you how to make this garland.  There’s even a special guest host!

My garland is about twelve feet long, and I used over three hundred ornaments.  This may sound overwhelming, but you can go to Garden Ridge or any store like that and buy a box of 100 ornaments for fairly cheap.  I decided to go in a pattern since my ornaments were red, silver, and gold, so I think I went silver-silver-red-gold-gold.  Actually, I taught my kids the pattern, and they literally strung it for me.  As you string the ornaments, you just push them all together, and they kind of cluster themselves.  Yes, it really is that easy.

I’ll just let Ellis tell you how it’s done in about forty seconds.

Out of the mouth of a babe.  Simple simple.  P.S.  I love how he says “bee-you-tee-ful”.  And yes, he has a super deep voice for a five-year-old.  We laugh to think what he will sound like as a teenager!

After making sure my end knot was large enough so the ornaments would not slip off, the kids and I would string ten or so ornaments and push them together until the garland was complete.  The ornaments will artfully cluster themselves which is pretty neat.  I moved a few around here and there, but really, I did not have to do much tweaking.  I then knotted the other end of the twine so the ornaments were secure.

Since this is a new room, there was no way I was putting holes into my wall or molding.  Therefore, I used Command hooks to keep my garland hanging nice and pretty, and more importantly, securely.  The garland has been up about two months now, and it has held great.  (Note:  The garland can be pretty heavy, so you may need help hanging it.)

To cover the hooks, I tied three pretty bows, and placed one on each side and one in the middle.

And voila!  A beautiful ornament garland even the least craftiest person can make!  This would look great on a mantel, too.  (I actually really like the small ornament garland that Ellis has started making in the video.)


Written by Grace

  • Sue
    Posted at 21:14h, 26 November Reply

    What a beautiful garland and a sweet video! Ellis did a wonderful job showing us how to make it- I would give him an A++ on his video. I can tell he is a good helper to his busy mommy.

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:39h, 19 December Reply

      Sue, thank you so much! He did do a great job, and that was our one and only “take”. He did it completely on his own! I love how he says, “as you see…”. 🙂

  • carina
    Posted at 11:54h, 27 November Reply

    It’s so pretty! When will you be posting the tutorial on how to make the awesome word art? I really want to make that soon!

  • Emily
    Posted at 12:14h, 27 November Reply

    Wow, I did not expect this to be so easy. The end result is so lush! Ellis you are so cute!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:40h, 19 December Reply

      Thanks Emily!

  • Cathy
    Posted at 09:10h, 30 November Reply

    I am a new reader and love love love your sense of style . The room is absolutely beautiful and I am looking forward to the tutorial for the all is bright posters
    Kind Regards

  • kelly
    Posted at 15:37h, 04 December Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. Looks so high-end!

    Are you still planning on posting a tutorial for the 2 chalkboard prints you made in Word? I would LOVE to see that one!


  • Pamela
    Posted at 02:02h, 08 December Reply

    Ellis did a great job and I really like your room! Beautiful garland. . .
    This is my first visit here – Emily sent me.

    • Grace
      Posted at 23:41h, 19 December Reply

      Hi Pamela, WELCOME!! I’m so glad Emily sent you! Thanks so much for reading, G

  • Anne Nonna Muss
    Posted at 20:30h, 03 December Reply

    First, Ellis is incredibly poised for a five year old. Secondly, loved the narrative about his deep voice. How wonderful to have a child that works with his Mom…

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