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30 Fun & Creative Garland Ideas

Holidays or just any day is a good time to make one of these creative garland ideas. They are fresh, unique, and so fun to make!

One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is to add a fun garland to the walls or shelves! These are also really easy ways to decorate for holidays and parties too. Hi! I’m Annie from Venture1105 and if you want some garland ideas, I’ve got ya covered!

30 Fun & Creative Garland Ideas

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Garlands are the best! They are a really fun craft that you can do with your kids and they add new pizzazz to the entire room. I love using different ones to celebrate the holidays.

Do you call them garlands or bunting? When I was searching online, I even found some listings on Etsy for “garland buntings.” No matter what you call it, these are really fun to decorate with!

If you’re not crafty, don’t worry! Mikey Made It sells a wide variety of beautiful hand sewn paper garlands on Etsy – and can even customize the garlands to any party theme or colors you want. Just be sure to tell Mikey that you read about him on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry. (Carrie, the owner of this blog, is his big sister!)

Mikey Made It Hand Sewn Paper Garlands

30 Fun & easy Garland Ideas

Browse this list of festive garlands and try to make some of your favorites. Garlands are a wonderful craft for beginning crafters too.

1. No-Sew Fabric Garland

If you don’t like to sew, then this no-sew fabric garland is perfect for you. I just love the bright colors on it too. This is a fantastic garland for a room with muted colors that you want to inject with some pizazz!

DIY Fabric garland is an easy craft project that uses up fabric scraps from your stash. It’s so simple you’ll want to make it for dressing up windows, decorating for a party, or just to swap out your color scheme for a season.

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2. Wood Bead Garland Photo Holder

This photo garland is a creative way to display a lot of pictures. Display photos at birthday parties, graduation parties, baby showers – the ideas are limitless. Since it has wood beads it will last you for years.

Wood bead photo-holder garland

3. Spring Magnolia GARLAND

Decorate your mantle with flowers! I love how this spring magnolia garden really brightens up the room. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can decorate a bookshelf or hang this above a doorway.

How to Make your Own Spring Magnolia Garland

4. Heart Garland from Fabric Scraps

Spread some love with this sweet, romantic garland. This idea does require some sewing, and the end result is absolutely beautiful.

A garland made out of fabric hearts

5. Tissue Paper Garland

This tissue paper garland is super full and fluffy! It reminds me of the cheerleader’s pom-poms. It’s such a cheap and easy craft that you can make a new one for every party you host.

Pink tissue paper garland with birthday balloons.

6. Dried orange GARLAND

This is a natural way to cleanse the air in your home and add some lovely decor at the same time! This earthy garland smells amazing when you hang it up. It has autumnal colors, but it works during any time of year.

A garland of dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks

7. Easy Felt Ball GARLAND

I love the colors of this playful garland. It is perfect year-round for people of any age. The best part about this tutorial is that you will learn how to make felt balls that you can use in lots of other crafts too.

a garland made out of felt balls

8. DIY Tassel GARLAND

This one also doesn’t require any sewing. It uses tissue paper, so the supplies are affordable and you can choose colors to match the current season too!

A decorative garland made out of paper tassels

9. Copper-Dipped Driftwood GARLAND

Now this is surprisingly different! I never would have thought to make a garland out of driftwood pieces. This artist dipped them in copper, but you can paint them any color to match your party or home’s theme.

A homemade garland made out of copper-dipped driftwood.

10. Colorful Paper Doily GARLAND

If you need a garland small children can make, then try this paper doily one out! It is such an affordable craft supply and you can make ones to match the current holiday.

A garland made out of doilies and felt wool balls

12. Rustic Pine Cone GARLAND

Rustic charm is at its best with this garland. It looks at home both outdoors and indoors. If you use scented pine cones, imagine how amazing your home will smell!

A garland made out of pine cones and white fabric.

13. Make a GARLAND Out of A Deck of cards

This is a genius idea and a really fun way to decorate a game room! I love how they made a garland out of a deck of cards. This is another one of my favorite garland ideas because there is no sewing required.

A playful garland made out of a a deck of cards

13. NO-SEW Wine Cork GARLAND

Save up those wine corks – you can use them to make an entire garland! You can also make a message board out of them too.

I love how this crafter displayed her garland on the table. Plus, if you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can still make this craft. it’s so easy!

A festive garland out of wine corks

14. Easy Bunting

This bunting tutorial does require a little sewing, but the end result looks so professional! Use a rainbow of colors for a decor piece that you’ll always love.

A red and teal bunting

15. Super Simple Burlap Garland

We love burlap! It’s such an easy material to use in tons of craft projects. This easy garland would look amazing in the same room as a homemade burlap wreath, don’t you think?

Burlap is one of the easiest crafting supplies you’ll ever use. It is super forgiving and fits into any decor.

How to make burlap garland in less than 15 minutes

16. Give Thanks Burlap Banner

If you have a Cricut machine and some extra burlap, make this creative give thanks banner too. It fits in best in the fall, but you can use any other phrases on the burlap. Make a happy birthday one, and a Happy Easter one. The options are endless.

Give Thanks Burlap Banner from Burlap Ribbon by The Birch Cottage for Kenarry

17. Felt BUNTING

Even if you aren’t a pro at sewing, you can make this felt bunting. The supplies are pretty inexpensive too. It’s amazing the difference a simple bunting makes to a wall.

A felt bunting in a boy's room

18. Pool Noodle garland

This pool noodle garland is awesome for pool parties or cookouts. After you cut the pool noodles, let the kiddos make the garland.

A garland made out of pool noodles

19. Cheap Beaded Garland

This is a creative way to use those cheap beaded necklaces that people wear at Mardis Gras, or other fun holidays. It looks really fancy and you can make it in less than 30 minutes!

A garland made out of beaded necklaces

20. Colorful Wood Garland

Making a garland out of wood will make sure it lasts for a long time. I love how easy it is to customize this garland for the holiday or occasion. Imagine making one for sports fans!

Wood chips painted and hung on string to make a garland

21. Gold Leaf Garland

Bring the outdoors inside and make a gorgeous gold garland. I love how shiny it is and how it creates rustic charm on this grocery list. As of October 2020, the link to this tutorial is no longer available. We apologize for the inconvenience.  

gold-painted leaves on a garland

22. Easy White Pom Pom garland

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make your own pom poms out of yarn and turn them into cute garlands. A simple white garland will fit in all year long, but you can use any color of yarn that you enjoy.

White pom poms on a garland

23. Glittery Geometric Garland

All you need is some paper, twine, and lots of glitter to make this fun garland! This tutorial involves a bit of origami and it is so fun to put together.

A glittery geometric garland

24. DIY Button Decoration

If you have a bunch of kiddos saying they are bored, set them up to make this easy button garland. This craft will strengthen your children’s fine motor skills, so it is educational too!

a garland made out of buttons

25. DIY Candy String

Candy is the sweetest thing to use on a garland! This is a fun way to decorate for a birthday party or cookout.

Red and blue candies on a garland

26. Upcycled Greeting Card Bunting

Keep all your old birthday and holiday cards and turn them into a cute bunting! If you really want to go the extra mile, check out our large selection of free printables – we have some lovely scrapbook paper in there what would make the perfect bunting.

Upcycled greeting cards made into a garland

27. Garland Ideas Out of Kid’s Clothes

As you organize and clean out your closets. turn those outgrown kids’ clothes into a cute garland. It adds some fun texture to the walls and saves clothes from the landfill.

A garland made out of kids' clothes

28. Americana

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with this festive garland! All you need is some patriotic fabric and you are ready to make a garland that celebrates America.

A garland made out of red, white, and blue fabric

29. Newspaper Heart

This can be a very inexpensive craft, especially if someone saves their old newspapers for you. This looks best on Valentine’s day, but I also enjoy celebrating love all year long.

a newspaper heart garland

30. Beaded Fan Heart

This is a very boho and eclectic garland that you can use year-round. The beads paired with the paper hearts are a fun marriage of textures and colors.

how to make a beaded fan garland

Decorating Tips

Did you enjoy these garland ideas? Are you ready to get crafting and decorate your rooms? Me too!

After you make a few of them, here are my best tips for decorating with them.

  • Follow a theme. Match your garland to your current theme.
  • Let the kids help make them. It’s a fantastic way to bond together and make memories!
  • Hang buntings/garlands around door frames, mantles, or shelves.
  • Only hang up one type of garland at a time.

Need a cute garland to spruce up your space in a pinch?

Here are a few of our favorites that you can purchase online.

Fancy Darned Garland - Mikey Made It

Hand Sewn Darned Paper Garlands

Buffalo Check Garland

Colorful Pom Pom Garland

Rainbow Tassel Garland

Happy crafting!

30 Fun & Creative Garland Ideas

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