Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means! It’s time to start decorating, and few festive staples make a home feel more festive than a hand-crafted garland!


Christmas garlands make a great statement for any home looking to embrace the seasonal spirit. They add sparkle to unassuming areas, transforming plain staircases and functional mantlepieces become a focal point of the room. Even better, garlands offer an affordable way to turn a home into a winter wonderland.

Customisable and personalised, handmade DIY Christmas garlands are a joy to make and decorate with. In the run up to advent, we’ve collected 12 DIY Christmas garland ideas to get your inspiration going. We’ve included everything from recycled garlands to punch needle kits, so whatever your vibe, you're bound to find a garland that’s perfect for you.

Let the festivities begin!

12 DIY Christmas garland ideas

1. DIY Nativity garland

Sew your own felt Nativity garland with Simply Make’s ready-to-go kit. This sweet kit comes with all the materials you need to stitch the entire nativity cast – even the animals!

It’s a great garland for beginners, as all the pieces are pre-cut for you. It’s also one of the cheapest DIY garland kits we’ve found, making it ideal for a festive crafternoon.

String up your felt creations on the ribbon provided and hang in your home as a reminder of the Christmas story.

2. Knit your own holly garland

Knitters: this is the Christmas garland for you! Made up of holly, bells and baubles, this garland is completely customisable, giving you the flexibility to celebrate Christmas your way!

Choose three colours from Wool Couture’s huge range of yarn, then knit the pattern in a palette which suits your festive decor. Once purchased, you’ll be sent your selected yarns, a sewing needle and the pattern in an eco-friendly tote.

All that’s left is to pop on your preferred version of A Christmas Carol and start knitting.

3. Punch needle Christmas garland

Master the art of punch needling with Love Max Design’s kit. This festive little kit comes with all the tools you need (except your punch needle tool, which you can add for an extra cost).

The set makes nine decorations, plus you’ll have full access to a Youtube tutorial and spare fabric to practice your technique.

4. DIY dried orange garland

Christmas is all about traditions, so you should check out Urban Bloom on Etsy if you’re looking for a more vintage look.

Urban Bloom sells a range of classic garland sets including a dried orange kit which caught our eye. It’s one of the easiest garlands to assemble, but also has a range of decor applications.

Wrap around your tree, hang along the stairs, frame your doorways… the possibilities are endless!

5. Poinsettia garland

Free poinsettia garland template

When it comes to winter flowers, poinsettia is the star of the show. Those velvety red petals and green leaves are an instant reminder of Christmas.

Capture their beauty permanently with our poinsettia garland template, free to download from Gathered. Print and cut your poinsettias then string them together to make a fun garland.

6. Stars and Angels Christmas garland

Stitch your … the heavens and the stars with The Wood Cottage Crafts’ kit. Their handmade kit comes with all the materials and tools you need as well as easy-to-follow templates.

Suitable for both hand and machine sewing, The Wood Cottage Crafts’ kit is beginner-friendly and can be completed in an afternoon. It’s also a great option for teens looking for some Christmassy entertainment away from a screen.

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7. Crochet your own Christmas garland

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Snuggle up and crochet Ruby McGrath's star garland pattern. Ruby’s easy-to-follow tutorial shows you how to make a string of colourful stars which can be strung all around your home. Hook yours up using scrap yarn for a more sustainable option.

8. DIY woodland animal garland

Craft all creatures, great and small with Alexia Claire. You’ll receive 44 different flora and fauna designs which you can use however you like! Each one is beautifully illustrated and can be used in multiple craft projects.

Turn the spare designs into handmade name holders or DIY Christmas cards.

9. DIY braided Christmas garland

This braided garland by Wool Couture is simple yet effective. Measuring three meters, it’s certainly long enough to make a statement in your home!

The kit comes with two yarn colours of your choice as well as detailed plaiting instructions.

10. DIY Santa garland

Pay homage to the big man himself with our free Christmas garland tutorial on Gathered. Download Santa, his sleigh and his reindeer using our free templates and stick them together to make this festive garland.

Remember to add pom poms and bells for an extra touch of magic.

11. Paint your own garland

Fancy a challenge? Why not paint your own garland? Amazon sells a huge range of wooden shapes all in different Christmas motifs.

You can paint these decorations in your favourite colours and even string along some twine if you want a more rustic feel. Building from scratch gives you complete creative freedom. Let your inner child go wild.

12. Recycled Christmas card garland

sustainable Xmas garland

Save the planet and your bank balance with this sustainable Gathered Christmas garland. Miesje Chafer shows you how to turn old Christmas cards into a unique and personal decoration masterpiece.

If you’ve already recycled your past cards then why not use birthday cards instead? You could also use magazines, scrap paper or origami paper too.

How to work garlands into your decor

Once you’ve created your DIY Christmas garland it’s time to hang it up! There’s plenty of ways you can include garlands into your home.

Traditionalists might like to hang them around Christmas trees, mantelpieces and bannisters. They’ll also add extra interest to Christmas tables, looking right at home among the turkey and place cards.

Other places to hang your DIY Christmas garland

If you’re looking for a quirky Christmas set-up, why not wrap the garland around your houseplants? Dangle them from kitchen cupboards or add them above the letterbox to make the postie smile. You can be as creative as you like when it comes to decorating just make sure you have fun with it.

Finding the right garland kit for you

No matter your budget, style or skill level, there is a DIY garland for you. The most important thing to think about when picking a DIY Christmas garland kit is whether you're going to enjoy making it.

Challenge yourself by picking a kit in a craft you've always wanted to try. Or stick to a kit you're comfortable with for a relaxing make. Whatever kit you choose just make sure you're excited to make it!

Make your house a home this Christmas with other DIY ideas from Gathered

You’ve got the garland, now you need some ornaments!


Check out our take on DIY Christmas baubles to get your home sparkling this December.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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