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.)