A Christmas garland made from twigs with video

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

We all love a great Christmas garland. I just desired to create something I hadn’t seen done before.

A Christmas garland made from twigs would be that. It was so simple to make, and had the rustic quirky quality I gravitate towards.

So… let’s make a Christmas garland from twigs / sticks / branches!

Supplies:

string, scissors, sticks of uniform size, cutting device, patience

The garlands are easy to make, just a little time consuming. Flick on Netflix and you’ll forget what you’re doing. :)

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

1. Find your twigs of choice. I happened to land this bunch at a thrift store for $10. The uniform shape made them very easy to work with.

(lovely SHORT green lawn is courtesy of neighbour Janette… mine wasn’t mowed… I was too busy making a twig garland)

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

2. Decide how thick you’d like your garland to end up. Cut twigs to desired length.

(hand clippers would work, but a miter saw was FAST)

3. Measure your first piece of string at a generous 2 arms length.

(much longer would making tying knots more difficult.)

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

4. Finding the centre of the string, tie one twig tightly with one or two knots.

(You can also use hot glue once tied to ensure they stay put. I used single knots and no glue and with lots of handling, some sticks have fallen loose.)

5. Create a loop, slip a twig in place, and tighten string.

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

6. Continue adding twigs and knotting them tightly until you run out of string.

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

7. After accumulating several lengths, tie them together and trim string.

8. Decorate as desired!

Here’s a video tutorial.

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

A Christmas garland made from twigs via http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

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garland tutorial

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They are VERY fun to play with!

Happy Netflixing to you! :)

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  1. Love the garland! I so wanted to try it, and am wondering if I have to do the George Washington thing and cut down a tree in my neighbor’s lawn tomorrow. jk I have only HUGE cedar trees. Thanks for the tutorial. I put your Christmas tree/ladder blog on my FB page and people were astounded. I love seeing you grow in your abilities and your creativity. Your blog is helping me be more thankful for the home I live in, because I really don’t like split levels. I decided to decorate it more creatively with items I love.
    mommamindy.blogspot.com

  2. I’ve been holding on to willow branches I’ve had for years after making a couple of willow baskets (talk about tough work!). Thanks for the great idea and tutorial. I can now use them and shout out loud: “See, I told you they’d come handy some day!

  3. Love that garland!! Thanks for the tutorial. I am always amazed at everything you do, vintage soda bottles hanging from the bannister…so cute and clever!!!

  4. I loved that garland when you first showed it. So beautiful!! But you are so right..a movie would definitely be in order!! Ha!
    And I am still oooing and ahhhing over the step ladder tree!! Love it
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  5. You are a crazy genius!! Crazy because sitting there and making all of those is crazy, but so very genius. I love love love this idea. Wish I hadn’t let the garbage men take all our sticks when we were cleaning up the yard. Next year I’m hoarding them all, even from the neighbors, lol.

  6. What a great idea, looks like a lot of work. So I am now on the look out for twigs. Not any in my yard so I have to go scouting. I love your blog and how creative you are. You have a gift for seeing things most people don’t. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.
    Donna

  7. Love this! It looks good everywhere you put it, too! I was out collecting twigs with my son last weekend for my own (not so) little twig project. Nursing a gigantic bruise on my leg and we broke a snow sled hauling it all back! Wish I would have bought a bunch for 10 bucks!!

  8. Donna I love your garland. A few years back I bought some twig garland at the Dollar Tree.
    I used it for several years until it started
    falling apart. Yours is beautiful and looks
    really good on your stairway. Actually it would look good anywhere.

  9. What a great idea. May have to try it for next year. By the way, I just love your steps. They make me smile every time I see them. Merry Christmas!

    Diane J./Ohio

  10. Oh you brought back memories with this. I made a stick garland with beads as a small girl. My Dad drilled a hole in each stick. Every so many sticks I put beads on. It was great quality time spent with my Dad. We made it for Mom!

  11. Just viewed your whole Xmas home decorating post and was blown away! You make the ordinary look extraordinary!! The twig garland looks awesome. Can’t do it this year but will start gathering twigs for next year! Thanks for sharing. You go girl!!

  12. Donna … your are one amazing lady.The garland is very nice, but I would not have the patience to make it. I so enjoyed the tour of your home. I especially love the sapling tree in the burlap bag. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

  13. Great tutorial, Donna. So, did you end up with blisters on your hands, or just cuts and scrapes? Another question,…since most of your subscribers now want to make a garland just like yours, even for next Christmas, would you please post the proper “twig-gathering” etiquette?! Let’s say we’re out for a casual walk in our neighborhoods, and spot the perfect twig specimens laying on a complete strangers lawn. Do we need to ring the doorbell and introduce ourselves as friendly, but weird neighbors, (Donna wannabe’s) and kindly ask if we could have the twigs? Or, on the other hand, is it safe to assume that by cleaning up said twigs off a stranger’s lawn, we are now at the top of the list for “Neighbor of the Year” Award? And then there’s the “being green” thing,…we are supposed to be recycling and reusing our resources!! Again, an award of some type will probably be called for. Oh, decisions, decisions! See why I need an etiquette post??? :D Linda S. in NE

  14. Donna, you have the most creative ideas! I love the twig garland and I’m definitely going to give it a try…but I think I’ll be gathering twigs from nature as I am sure I won’t be as lucky as you to find such a perfect bundle for only $10! By the way, your home is beautifully decorated for the holidays! Lesa

  15. Your home is so beautiful and festive, Donna! The ladder tree is so completely unique! If you have the time, I would like to invite you to link you tree up to the Bloggers Block Party Christmas Tree Party which I am hosting and is currently in progress! I would be delighted if you did!

  16. Get out!! You’ve Donna, you’ve out did yourself AGAIN!!!

    I’m making some for our house!! I love the deep brown color of your twigs. I can’t wait to go out in the yard and see what I can come up with. At the rate I’m going I won’t have any landscape left for spring!!

  17. ps – A step ladder tree?? Are you serious!! I admired your picture several times before I read the words you typed and never even registered there was a ladder in the picture!

    You have such a great mind! Thank you for being so creative and inspiring in such a funky, rustic, affordable way.

    a hui hou, Shelly

  18. Funky junk that is NOT! Absolutely STUNNING! LOVE the look both on your tree and the staircase. Gotta pin this to save for next year! THANK YOU for sharing over at Centsational Girl’s Christmas Craft link-up!!! xo

    Have a Merry Funky Christmas!!
    :D Lynda

  19. Love this! I had a thought though… What about using some cinnamon sticks interspersed throughout? It would give such a lovely holiday smell!

  20. LOVE YOU!! Love your stuff. You inspire me to try harder. I want to be a junk salvager mixed with nature finds. I just get stifled sometimes or scared to step out and take more chances. You make my heart feel like it can take more risks.