Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Holiday Garland – So Easy!

It’s so much fun to decorate for the holidays, and one of my favorites is fall, because you can put it up in September and basically use it until Thanksgiving!  One of the best ways to impact a room with a fireplace is with a garland.  This garland is a fabric garland that requires NO sewing, so anyone can make it!

Start by deciding what colors and patterns you’d like to use.  I have two big blue couches in my living room, so I knew I wanted to incorporate blue while still using fall colors.  So my car took me to Hobby Lobby (how does that happen? ) and I started to look around at the patterns and colors.  Don’t be afraid to wander away from the holiday fabrics that are put out front of the fabric section.  Find what works for you!

I ended up with a cranberry-on-cranberry print, a maroon mini buffalo check, a blue and cream ticking stripe, and a flannel orange plaid.  The reason I picked these is that they made sense to my eye and seem like fall colors.  I bought a total of 3 yards of fabric and it cost about $18.  I also bought a roll of jute string for a little under $4, but I saw the same thing at Dollar Tree for $1 a week ago.  So there’s that.

I did not wash my fabric although you could. I cut strips that were 1 1/2 ” wide and 21″ long.  I wanted my garland to hang and be about 10″ long.  If you want a shorter garland, cut shorter fabric.  The strips need to be twice as long as you want it to hang.  The knot is pretty simple — just bring the ends through the loop and around your jute string.  How long should your jute string be?  Generally speaking, make your string 1 and 1/2 times the length of your mantel or whatever space you’ll be using.  Try it out before you cut it or at least before start your garland.

Other uses?  Use nursery colors for a nursery garland, assuming the baby can’t reach it; Christmas colors for a Christmas garland by itself or behind greenery.  A red, white and blue garland would be absolutely adorable as a backdrop to your Fourth of July food serving area!  There are more cute fabrics for the Fourth than you can shake a stick at.

This holiday garland is a price-conscious, beautiful way to bring the holidays to your home. Check out the video to see how it came together!

Terri Brown
Beautiful, creative, organized, people-lover – I am two or three of those things every day. I am also the mother of three adult children I am very proud of, and would love to have a Corgi one day. I love to help people by bringing order to chaos, show hospitality through food and planning events, and I’m learning calligraphy and hand lettering. Other favorites include cheesy cheese pizza, re-purposing home décor, using the crevice tool on my vacuum cleaner, and talking to people wherever I go.