Our three DIY garland projects will bring holiday cheer this season and for years to come.
Jolly holly leaves
Fashion a festive chair-backer from paper straws and felt in fun hues. We paired hunter green with zesty lime and shades of lavender. To make, trace three sizes of leaves on sheets of wool felt. (Download free patterns below.) Cut out leaves. Punch two holes in leaf tops. For berries, hot-glue wool felt balls below holes. String leaves in groups of three, separating clusters with paper straws cut to 6 inches. Pin or tie garlands to chairs for a fanciful flourish.
Resources Gold cording Hobby Lobby. (800) 888-0321; hobbylobby.com Paper straws Tinkerbell-inspired Lavender, Pistachio and Purple striped paper straws. Party Delights. etsy.com/shop/PartyDelights Wool felt Balls; colors: Purple and Thistle. 18x18-inch sheets; colors: Hunter Green and Willow. The Felt Pod. thefeltpod.com
A braided ribbon garland looks sharp draped over framed art. Tie cording at one end of a dozen green, gold and purple ribbons. Separate into three bunches by color, then braid. Tie end. Ornaments on jump rings add holiday bling.
Mini glittery stockings
Bring glitz to a shelf or mantel with a glitter-paper garland. (Download free patterns below.) Trace stocking shapes onto glittery scrapbooking paper. Turn over patterns to trace back sides. Cut out; glue fronts to backs. Toe and heel patches and stripes cut from paper in another color make sweet accents. Punch two holes in the tops of socks to string on shiny gold cording.