Christmas Garland and Swag Decorating Ideas

Decorate your home for the holidays with these festive Christmas garland and swag ideas. We have 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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    Flocked Garland

    Go lush with a layer of flocked garland along your fireplace mantel. Intertwine with eucalyptus or bay leaf garland. The cool greens look positively stunning against the silvery evergreen.

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    How to Use Flocking Spray

    Bring the beauty of freshly fallen snow indoors with flocking spray. Watch and see how!

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    Continuous Garland

    Why limit your garland to just one window? Keep the train moving across an expanse of wall with one continuous length of garland. On a wall with two windows, hang garland at the corners of both windows (letting the garland trail toward the floor) and swag it in the middle. Top each place where the garland hangs with an oversized bow. 

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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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    $5 Christmas Garland Idea

    Make an affordable garland out of a surprising supply that will bring a smile to your face. Watch and see how.

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    Pillar Garland

    If you're lucky enough to have pillars in your home, let them show off a little at Christmastime by wrapping them in garland. Evergreen garland with berry and pinecone accents picks up on a rustic theme in this vignette.

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    Birch Bark Garland

    Have 30 minutes to spare? That is all you need to create this beautiful natural garland. Plus: just three supplies are required!


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    Petite Christmas Garland

    Who says garlands need to be lush affairs? Maintain a modern look with a short swag of greenery and a few lengths of pom-pom garland in a simple neutral draped across a mirror or window.

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    Yarn Tassel Garland

    Craft a simple Christmas garland with a mix of yarns. Make tassels from chunky twisted yarns in colors that match your Christmas scheme, and attach them to a length of yarn. Drape your DIY garland along a wall, banister, or even your tree.

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    Outdoor Christmas Garland

    Don't forget about the outdoors when you're looking for Christmas garland ideas! Watch and see how you can bring garland magic to your outdoor spaces, too. 

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    Ribbon and Evergreen Garland

    Weave wide ribbon into evergreen garland for a pretty jolt of color. Mix in different ribons, using one color for a length and then switching to another color. 

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    Perfectly Outlined Garland

    Accent the curved shape of a mirror with garland. Try boxwood garland as an alternative to evergreen varieties. If you decorate your home with red, look for a garland with berries to pick up the red accents elsewhere in your decor.

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    Stairway Stocking Garland

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


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    Garland for a Vignette

    Frame a vignette in pretty garland for an extra special touch. For a rustic Christmas look, wrap burlap ribbon around the garland, and hang gold glitter snowflake ornaments from the garland boughs.

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    Card Garland

    Turn your Christmas greeting cards into a cheery garland for your mantel. Swag yarn or ribbon between the corners of your fireplace and attach Christmas cards with decorative clothespins (available at craft and paper stores). For an extra special touch, cut out Christmas ornament shapes and have your kids decorate them and add them into the mix. 

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    Doubled-Up Garland

    Looking for Christmas garland ideas for a pair of windows or mirrors? Try this: Dress them both in identical garlands. If you have a strong color scheme and prefer to keep things simple and elegant, wrap the garland in 2-3 kinds of ribbon that coordinate with the room’s palette. 

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    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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    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 the envelopes across the mantel with miniature clothespins. Kids will love waking up to a new treat each morning!

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    Sparkling Christmas Garland

    Instead of letting your tree be the only light display, illuminate your mantel with a lighted garland. You can DIY it and wrap lights around evergreen garland, or you can skip a step and buy pre-lit garland. (And we’re all for simplifying.)

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    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.


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    Ornament Garland

    Add a jewel box look with a shiny ornament garland on your fireplace. Red pops against a white fireplace, picking up on red accents elsewhere in the room. 

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    Winter Blooms and Magnolia Garland

    A magnolia leaf garland provides a large, lush base for 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 beautiful way to spread a peaceful message during the holidays. Create a colorful backdrop for the white doves and use green garland with a jewel-tone ornament scheme and beautiful ribbon bows. 

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    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 swag 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.

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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 create a winter wonderland indoors.

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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. For the second garland, use thick cream yarn and 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 bakers twine using a tapestry needle.
    (image credit:
    Leah Bergman)

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    Dip-Dyed Christmas Light Swag

    These cheeky Christmas lights offer pops of color without running up an electric bill. Get the look by screwing pilot holes in the ends of wooden lightbulbs (available at a crafts store). Twist in eyehooks. Dilute watercolor paint in a bowl and submerge the wooden bulbs halfway into the solution. 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. This swag was created 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 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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    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, cedar and lavender thistle are woven in for depth and texture, and 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 and 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 small pieces of various types that are wired or glued together. This daintier version is the latter; tiny groupings of pinecones -- 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 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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    Cupcake-Liner Garland: Here's How!

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

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    Alternative Color Garland

    Add a little sparkle to a basic 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 this 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 print out your faves. 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 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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    Secrets to a Beautiful Christmas Mantel

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

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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 come 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 Pinecone 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 door frame, 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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    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 wide ribbon or fabric, 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 garland around the doorway is as decorative as it is 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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