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DIY Christmas Tree Garland
Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays? An effortless and cost-effective way to pretty up your home for the festive season is to make a simple Christmas tree garland from yarn. You can create really gorgeous DIY Christmas decorations for a fraction of the cost of shop bought ones. Plus you can tailor them perfectly to suit your style and decor.
In this article, we show how to transform a ball of wool into a simple yarn Christmas tree garland.
Using Wool for DIY Christmas Decorations
Using wool for Christmas decorations can add a cozy, festive touch to your holiday decor. Some creative ideas for incorporating wool into your Christmas decorations can include:
Create small ornaments by wrapping wool around cardboard, Styrofoam, or papier mâché shapes. You can make balls, stars, or even miniature stockings or tiny bobblehats.
Needle-felted ornaments are another option. Use a felting needle to attach felting wool to a base shape to create intricate, personalized designs.
As well as using wool to make this simple yarn Christmas tree garland, you can also string together woolen pom-poms to create a colorful garland.
Use traditional Christmas colors, or go for a more neutral and rustic look.
Or why not plait strands of wool to create a textured garland? Add beads or small ornaments for extra interest.
Woollen Pom Pom Wreath
Alternatively, if you don’t have time to make the pom poms, you can simply wrap a foam or straw wreath form with wool. Either pick one color, then adorn with little stars or craft embellishments. Or create a striped or ombré effect for a modern touch.
Wool Table Decor
Create woollen napkin rings or tie bundles of silverware with thin strips of colorful wool.
Or make festive centerpieces by filling clear glass vases or jars with woollen pom-poms or strands of wool. Add battery-operated fairy lights for extra sparkle.
Wool decorations bring a touch of handmade charm to your Christmas decor.
Why DIY Christmas Decorations are Better Than Shop Bought
Crafting DIY Christmas decorations can offer lots of advantages to buying the shop-bought variety.
While both options have their merits, DIY decorations allow for a high level of personalization. You can tailor the decorations to your own taste, color scheme, and style. This personal touch adds a unique and sentimental element to your holiday decor.
Making your own DIY Christmas decorations can also give you the perfect opportunity to express your creativity. Crafting your decorations allows you to experiment with various materials, colors, and designs, giving you the chance to showcase your artistic abilities.
In some cases, DIY decorations can be more cost-effective than buying ready-made ones. Using materials you already have — or choosing budget-friendly options — means you can save money and still achieve a festive look. The recycling bin is a great place to look for craft materials!
DIY decorations often involve repurposing or upcycling materials, which can be more environmentally friendly than purchasing new items. It reduces the demand for mass-produced goods and minimizes the environmental impact associated with manufacturing and shipping.
In fact, you can even use shipping boxes to create lovely DIY Christmas garland.
Creating DIY Christmas Decorations
Creating DIY Christmas decorations can such be a fun family or group activity. It offers a chance for bonding and creating shared memories during the holiday season. Working together on a project can enhance the sense of togetherness and holiday spirit.
Plus it’s a fantastic way to develop new skills. Whether it’s learning to knit, sew, paint, or work with other materials, creating decorations can be a really positive learning experience.
Creating DIY Christmas decorations, such as this woollen Christmas tree garland, also lets you tailor your decor to fit specific spaces in your home. Whether you have a small apartment or a large house, you can create decorations that complement and enhance your living space.
Best of all, handmade decorations often carry sentimental value. They may become cherished family heirlooms or be associated with specific memories, making them more meaningful than store-bought items.
Make a Simple Yarn Christmas Tree Garland
You can get all the supplies from local craft shops — or online.
I got the green wool and stars from Hobbycraft — and all the little crafts embellishments from Amazon. Here’s a link to the pom poms I used.
- Mini craft pom poms
- Mini craft stars
- Binder Clip
- Glue gun/glue sticks
- Cut a small rectangle of cardboard — mine measured approximately 4cm x 6.5cm. This can be altered to suit you, though. Snip a little notch in the top corner of one side.
- Secure the end of your wool in the notch, then begin winding your yarn around the cardboard.
- For my 'trees' I wound the wool around the cardboard 12 times.
- Use your binder clip to secure one side.
- Then, pass the end of the ball of wool through the woollen loops on the card.
- Use your scissors to cut the end of the wool attached to the ball.
- Tie the wool in a double-knot
- Then, snip the other end with your scissors to release the wool from the card.
- At this point, you'll be left with a little tassel.
- Next, take another length of wool, fold it in half (tail ends facing to the right), then place it the table in front of you. Lay your little tassel on top, around a quarter down from your hanging thread.
- Thread the two ends of the wool through the loop on the left to form a little bobble (or head) at the top of your tassel. Then, pull tight and tie off with a double knot.
- Cut the two ends so they're the same length as the rest of the tassel, leaving the two strands at the top.
- Repeat this process. You'll need three tassels per Christmas tree, so, for example, if you want five trees on your garland, you'd have to make fifteen tassels, and so on.
- Select three of your tassels and cut the hanging threads off two of them.
- Then, taking the tassel with the hanging threads left on it, turn it upside down and open out the wool strands to form a star shape.
- Put a little blob of glue in the center, using your glue gun.
- Then take one of the other two tassels and press it, bobble (or head) down on top of the glue.
- Repeat this step with the third tassel.
- Smooth the woollen stands down to reveal your 'Christmas tree'.
- Glue your tiny pompoms onto the tree.
- Then, add a little star to the top to finish off.
- Thread your woollen 'Christmas trees' onto yarn or string to create the Christmas tree garland.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.