I like to think of garlands as necklaces for the home. While I’m just as excited as the next girl about chunky knit hat season, I might be even more into accessorizing my home than my head. I whipped up a few garlands that are perfect for draping across mantels, over door frames, or just taping onto a wall. They add such a festive flair for the fall season! Check out the easy instructions below.
I love the beautiful fall leaf garlands you can find at craft stores this time of year, but I wanted a more minimal/crafty look for our house, so I cut some leaves out of card stock and strung them onto hemp twine. The most difficult part of making this garland is trimming out the leaves, but it only took me a couple of episodes of Gilmore Girls to make all of these leaves and more.
Above is a leaf template you can use to print out the shapes onto the cardstock of your choice. (Click for the full-size image— Do not shrink/re-size image when printing, as margins have already been added.)
After cutting, I could still see the black lines from the template, but I just made sure that side of the leaf was facing backwards when I strung them onto the twine. If you don’t have a hole punch, you can certainly tape the leaves to the twine or string that you use.
This pine cone and wooden bead garland is delicate and earthy—perfect for just a little touch of the outdoors inside the home. This garland is a cinch to make, and just a few supplies can make a lot of garland!
-some rope or twine
–wooden beads (stained or natural)
-a hot glue gun
I began my garland by first evenly spacing the wooden beads. I tied a knot on either side of each bead to keep it in place. After all the beads were in place, I used small globs of hot glue to secure the pine cones in place. If you want, you could also drill through the pine cones and thread the twine through them as you are placing the beads. But hot glue was pretty easy, so I decided to go that route.
You can customize the look of this garland by painting the pine cones or using different kinds of beads. Space everything out, or crowd them closer together—It’s totally up to you!
This little ghost garland is more cute than it is ghoulish. It’s a great addition to your Halloween mantel decor and works best with a dark background. This project is also really fun to do with kids! Even my two-year-old was interested in helping.
–styrofoam balls (I used 1.5″)
–black and white brads
-thin twine or string
Cut out a square of folded cheesecloth that will evenly surround the styrofoam ball. My cheesecloth was folded in four layers, so I left those layers as I cut. Pull the cheesecloth around the edges to stretch it out and make it look gauzy. Then push two black brads into the wrapped styrofoam ball to look like eyes and also to hold the cheesecloth in place.
Tip: I would wait to attach the ghosts to the string until the string is hung where you want the garland to go. This will keep the ghosts from falling off the garland as you hang it or transport it.
I love the look of pennant garlands and thought a simple black version with white lettering would look great in my home. This is a simple project that would also work well for birthday parties or any other kind of celebration.
–white puffy paint
-string or twine
-tape or hole punch
–craft blade, cutting mat, and steel ruler
I used a pencil to draw out the shape of the letters. Then I traced over the pencil lines with puffy paint. I let the paint dry for a few hours before handling. Drawing with a puffy paint bottle is much easier than painstakingly brushing on white paint with a thin paint brush. And the bonus? It goes on opaque, so you only need one coat of paint.
I strung up the pennants through holes I made with a small hole punch, but you could easily use tape on the back too.
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection and Pearl from the Fresh Collection.