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Christmas Garland and Swag Decorating Ideas

Decorate your home for the holidays with these festive Christmas garland and swag ideas. We have the classic garlands for banisters, mantels, windows, and doorways. Plus, we give you a little modern twist -- adding them to dining chairs and chandeliers to transform your everyday spaces into a winter wonderland.


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    • Kitchen Nook Garland

      Turn a nook of your home into a festively decorated and cozy hangout spot. Use the structure provided by windows, walls, or trim to easily hang green garland and ornaments.

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    • Stairway Stocking Garland

      No chimney for hanging stockings with care? No problem! Hang stockings along the banister and complete with a mixture of live green garland and metallic accents. There's nothing more exciting than getting to see a full stocking as you come down the stairs Christmas morning. 


    • Silvery Star Garland

      Add some star power to your Christmas decor. Cut star shapes from sweater fabric using our free pattern. Iron on heavy fusible interfacing to the backs of stars and trim. Hot-glue a large silver sequin to the center of each star. Glue backs of stars to yarn and hang.

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    • Birch Bark Garland

      Have 30 minutes to spare? That's all it takes to create this beautiful natural garland. Plus: You only need three supplies!


    • Advent Calendar Garland

      Deck out your mantel with a swag of sweet surprises. Fill 24 small envelopes with tiny toys or pieces of candy and seal with numbered stickers. Hang envelopes across mantel with miniature clothespins. Kids will love waking up to a new treat each morning!

    • DIY Holly Garland

      Adorn chairbacks with cute and creative holly garland. Cut out holly leaves from shades of green felt. Punch two holes in leaf tops. String with matching paper straws (cut to 6 inches) to make a chairback swag. For berries, hot-glue wool felt balls to leaves. Pin or tie garlands to back of chairs.


    • Winter Blooms and Magnolia Garland

      A magnolia leaf garland provides a large, lush base for building mantel decor. Metallic accents, Paperwhite blooms, and beautiful candlelight combine to create a look that is both simple and commanding.

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    • Colorful Doves Garland

      White faux doves are a great way to spread a peaceful message during the holidays. That doesn't have to mean boring -- punch up green garland with a jewel-tone ornament scheme and beautiful ribbon bows. 


    • Vintage Fabric Swag

      Utilizing greenery at Christmastime will always be classic, but trying out other materials can be refreshing, too. Here, French-inspired fabric drapes beautifully over a basket bursting with fresh green cuttings. 

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      Simple, Colorful Garland

      Add a splash of color that won't overpower mantel decor. String felt balls in colors of your choice and hang across a mantel or shelf for a subtle touch of fun.

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      Lighted Garland Accent

      Set up eye-catching decor in your entryway or living room by draping a mirror with a battery-powered lighted Christmas garland. The twinkling lights will reflect off the mirror and other metallic accents to create a luminous effect.

    • How to Make a Paper Icicle Garland
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      Paper Icicle Garland

      A few simple steps and supplies and you'll have a shimmering icicle garland for your mantel or windows. It's a cheap way to make a look with lots of impact.

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      Natural Layers Garland

      Layer wild, unmanicured greenery with garlands made of natural fibers. This unexpected combination of textures mixes to create an interesting mantel display. Lay branches cut to various lengths along your mantel, then string cream felt balls to create the first garland. Using thick cream yarn, make a braid long enough to span your mantel. Make pom-poms to hang, equally spaced, from the braid.

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      Sugared Cranberry Garland

      Beautiful red cranberries have long been a symbol of Christmas. Create a sugared cranberry garland by tossing berries in a bag filled with crafts glue. Then, add a handful of white sanding sugar and toss to coat. Lay out the berries on wax paper to dry, and finish by threading the berries onto baker's twine using a tapestry needle.
      (image credit:
      Leah Bergman)

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      Dip-Dyed Christmas Light Swag

      These cheeky Christmas lights give the pops of color you crave without running up an electric bill. Get the look by screwing pilot holes in the ends of wooden lightbulbs (available at the crafts store). Twist in eyehooks. Dilute watercolor paint in a bowl and submerge the wooden bulbs halfway into the pigment. Stand in florists foam to dry. String the bulbs onto twine and wrap around your tree.
      (image credit: Stephanie Haass)

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      Succulent Garland

      Succulents might not be a traditional Christmas garland material, but they have increasingly earned a spotlight. We created a swag by overlapping Portulacaria afra branch cuttings and lightly wrapping them together with short pieces of wire. Continue adding cuttings and wrapping the branches until you achieve your desired length; we doubled the effort for a two-strand swag effect. For the center, lightly wire an assortment of succulents to your swag. Wire them on one at a time, paying attention to the total weight of the garland.  To hang on your mantel, use more wire and removable hooks. To keep it lasting longer, lightly mist the garland every few days.
      (image credit:
      Cassidy Tuttle)

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      Shipping Tag Merry Christmas Garland

      One of the very best parts about the Christmas season is the collection of packages that gather beneath the tree. Carry the package theme all the way through the house with this whimsical shipping tag garland. Use stencils and red paint to add letters to plain paper tags. Set the tags aside to dry before stringing them onto twine to finish. 
      (image credit: Design Improvised)

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      Triangle Gold Garland

      So cheap, so easy; this garland goes for graphic with just minutes of prep. Simply cut triangle shapes from gold metallic cardstock and tape to a string. Christmas decor couldn't be easier.
      (image credit: Molly Madfis)

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    • Christmas Garland: Create An Outdoor Display That Lasts
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      Long-Lasting Outdoor Garland

      Pinecones and rope are the critical supplies in this hearty outdoor garland that can stand up to any state's wintry blast.

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      Layered Garland

      A garland that's layered offers incredible allure for your holiday decorating. Here, magnolia serves as the base, but cedar and lavender thistle are woven in for depth and texture, while lights add sparkle.

      Editor's Tip: Take a walk around your yard or a nearby park and gather the last remnants of the growing season -- interesting leaves, dried flowers, for example -- to embellish your garland.

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      Pinecones-and-Greens Garland

      Garlands can be assembled in a variety of ways. They may be single, long pieces of evergreens, or they may be smaller pieces of various types that are wired or glued together. This daintier version is the latter; tiny groupings of pinecones -- also glued on -- add complementary color and texture. 

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      Tried-and-True Evergreen Garland

      Evergreens generally complement any style of holiday decorating, and a garland is a great chance to accent your decor. Here, multiple needle types are intertwined along a long, curving banister. Ribbon-hung pinecones, dusted with a bit of white paint, offer a pretty end point.

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      Garland for a Backdrop

      Garland also can be used as a unifying element for multiple colors in a holiday color scheme. Here, unadorned greens weave around the glass jars, which display colorful holiday candy. 

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      Multiple Sizes and Styles of Garland

      Garlands used to be pretty basic holiday decor -- evergreens draped on mantels and stairwells. Now you can go bigger, like this room: Pretty evergreens add texture on top of the mantel, but a ribbon garland draped through miniature wreaths accents the large corner bank of windows for a festive pop of color.

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      Creative Spots for Garland

      There are probably more opportunities than you realize to add beautiful garlands to your holiday displays. For example, oversize artwork, cabinet drawers, and frames are spots that allow garland to naturally drape.

      Editor's Tip: Choose pieces of evergreen in both light and dark greens to enhance the visual interest. 

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    • Pretty Christmas Garland: Make It with Cupcake Liners!
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      Cupcake-Liner Mantel: Here's How!

      Decorate on the cheap by repurposing cupcake liners as a grand garland for your doorway.

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      Alternative Color Garland

      Try this faux magnolia garland: Metallic silver and gold spray paint transform a once-green magnolia swag into a sparkling holiday showpiece. Small votives and vases pick up the pretty tones, which in turn accent the mosaic fireplace front. 

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      Ever-Changing Photo Garland

      Here's a great idea to capture and display yearly holiday memories: a photo garland. Take snapshots during the season and mount them using photo corners onto pieces of cardstock; add scrapbooking label holders as IDs. Hang the photos from plain or colored twine using clothespins; use the garland to adorn a doorway, window, or mantel. The following year, tuck those photos into an album and display new pictures. 

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      Paper and Vellum Leaf Garland

      Make your own gorgeous Christmas garland with vellum and pearlescent cardstock. Our pattern and scoring template (available, below), helps lead you through the cutting and folding of each leaf. A few red cardstock circles serve as berries to offset the all-white look.

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    • Decorate your Holiday Mantel: 3 Must-Have Tips
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      Secrets to a Beautiful Christmas Mantel

      This must-watch video shares designer secrets for securing garlands without damaging your mantel.

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      Garlands in Different Rooms

      There's no reason to limit your use of garland -- however casual -- to just your living spaces. If you have extra pieces of evergreen boughs, add unexpected texture and rich color to bedside tables, bathroom shelves, and more. Here, a casual arrangement -- mini garland on the table, mini wreath hung from a frame -- creates a charming vignette in a spare bedroom.

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      Silver Accents for a Garland

      A garland doesn't have to drape in order to be a garland. Here, a variety of greens comes together in mounds and clumps, supplying movement to the mantel. Antique and vintage mercury-glass balls and new mercury-glass Christmas trees add sparkling contrast. 

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      Christmas Greeting Garland

      Customize a ready-made pinecone garland with ornaments that coordinate with the color of your front door to welcome your guests in traditional style. Position the Christmas garland outside the doorframe, and secure it at the top and along the sides with easy-to-remove self-adhesive hooks or brick clips.

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      Felt Flower Garland

      A parade of felt flowers is a sweet alternative to the usual ribbon and pinecones adorning evergreen boughs. To make the flowers, cut six 2-inch and six 1-1/2-inch felt circles. Layer a small and large circle, aligning the bottoms. Pinch the set of circles together at the bottom, run a threaded needle through the four layers, and knot the ends. Repeat for remaining five petals. Stitch the six petals together at the pinched ends to form a flower. Using a needle and thread, string the finished flowers together on the back side through the pinched centers to form a garland.

      Editor's Tip: If you don't have enough felt flowers to line your banister, use them to decorate small spaces, such as bookshelves, windows, and mirrors.

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      Watch: How to Decorate with Garland

      Learn how to wrap and swag your holiday garland without marring or scratching.

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      Big Bow Christmas Garland

      Graceful bows with long tails dramatically enhance a simple evergreen garland. Cut extra-long strips of material, tie into bows, and attach to the stair railing about 3 feet apart.

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      Modern Snowflake Garland

      Garlands go beyond greenery. Add modern flair to your stair railing with a snowflake garland handcrafted from wooden crafts sticks. Use two or three pieces of double-stick mounting tape per snowflake to hold the lacy patterns flat against the railings.

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      Evergreen Doorway Garland

      You'll forget you're entering the kitchen when you walk through this wintry evergreen arch. The evergreen garland hung around the doorway is decorative and useful -- it holds Christmas cards.

      Editor's Tip: Secure the Christmas cards to the garland by tucking them neatly into the boughs or hanging them on the branches with small pieces of twine.

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      Pair a Similar Wreath and Garland

      Dress a window with a basic pine garland for instant holiday cheer -- simple yet stunning. If you want a little extra decoration, hang a small wreath topped with a bright red bow inside the window frame.

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      Christmas Chair Swags

      Holiday garlands and swags don't have to be saved for the front door or the grand entry staircase -- small Christmas swags made from fresh greenery are festively tied to the back of dining chairs. Use florists wire to bundle the greenery -- adding herbs, small flowers, or decorative branches -- to the bunch. Loop a ribbon around each chair back to tie the bouquet, adding the perfect finishing touch to your holiday table setting.

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