3 Cute DIY Christmas Garlands

Deck the tree -- or the mantel, doorway, or stairs -- with a homemade Christmas garland that calls for some crafting but not a lot of cash.

See how to transform every day supplies into gorgeous Christmas garlands -- think cupcake liners, drinking straws, and paper.

Cupcake Liner Christmas Garland

  1. Lay out six regular cupcake liners and two metallic liners in an upside-down triangle shape. Fold each liner in half. 
  2. Overlap the edges of the top row of liners and staple them together. 
  3. Fold a small liner over the center one in the top row and secure it with glue. Staple the second row of liners to the top row. 
  4. Before you staple the next liner to the top row, fold a smaller one over the top and staple them together. Staple the liner in place. 
  5. Secure the flaps down. Repeat the steps to make several more triangles. 
  6. Lay out the triangles side by side, overlapping the edges. Staple them together. 

Use up mismatched cupcake liners in a creative way -- as Christmas garland! This incredibly easy holiday craft (you'll just need liners, a stapler, and some glue dots) will pretty-up any Christmas door or entryway.

Paper Christmas Garland

  1. Trace this leaf template onto both vellum and cardstock; cut out. Score each leaf using a bone folder. 
  2. Fold the leaf along the score line. Repeat the process to make more leaves. 
  3. Using a hot-glue gun, attach the stems of the leaves to a piece of string, alternating vellum and cardstock leaves. 
  4. Using a paper punch, punch several circles from red cardstock. 
  5. Cut three pieces of white floral wire, fold each in half and twist. Sandwich a piece of wire between two red circles and hot glue together. Twist three of the wire strands together to make a cluster. Repeat to make several more clusters. 
  6. Using a hot glue gun, attach the berries to every third or fourth leaf on the garland.

With a little bit of time and just a handful of supplies, you can make a pretty Christmas garland that costs just pennies. This holiday decoration will make your mantle extra merry.

Straw Christmas Garland

  1. Cut striped paper straws into thirds and string the pieces, along with wooden beads, onto colored twine.
  2. End your string with a bead, and knot the twine several times to keep the pieces in place.

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