How to Make Holiday Garland

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While I love Christmas I confess my creative space is surprisingly void of any nod to the Holidays! Well I thought it was time to change that. I wanted to make a a holiday decoration that spoke to my inner creative and was bold against the wall. I confess I love the way it turned out.chsitmas garland final

Making it was surprisingly simple and you can easily buy whatever letters you wanted. For example I think “Joy” would be perfect for this garland and not take up as much space.  Consumer Crafts let me shop their site and I found almost everything I used there.  One quick note – when the packages arrived from I was really impressed with how well packed everything was.  I’m talking things wrapped in bubble wrapped and then put inside a plastic bag – pretty impressive!

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To make this Garland you will need the following:

Six inch wood letters in whatever word /phrase you choose

Six inch grapevine wreaths (one for each letter in your garland)

Berry Sprays (I used three in the example)

Artificial pine branches (I used 1 in the example)

Gold Paint (I used DecoArt Spun Gold)

Paint bush

Spray Glitter


Glue Gun and Glue sticks

Pin with flat head.

how-to-make-holiday-garlandI love how this project has some bulk and weight to it, but can come together in an evening.  In five simple steps you’ll be finished!





Step 1 – Paint the letters

Paint each of the wood letters. For the paint I used I found that two coats looked the best. Let the letters dry


Step 2 – Add some sparkle.

Spray the grapevine wreathes with the glitter spray and allow them to dry

Step 3 – Decorate each letter.

Snip the sprays and pine branches so you have smaller sections Divide between the wreaths and begin to layout the look of each wreath with a letter.
Step 4 – Make it stick.

Once you have everything looking like you want glue it all down with a hot glue gun.
Step 5thread them together.

The individual wreaths will have a nice weight to them so to have them hand securely I threaded the ribbon between the vines. Take a flat head pin thread the ribbon onto it. Then thread ribbon through the top of each wreath. Hang up and enjoy!

consumer crafts garland final 2

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  1. The first thing I’d make with the Cricut Explore are appliques to sew on the t-shirts and dresses I make for my granddaughters!

  2. Ohhh I think I would love to make some birthday and anniversary and holiday cards. Thank you for this chance. The catalog is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. I would make greeting cards …Appliques for quilts…. banners for holidays….oh goodness just about anything my old mind could come up with!!!!!!

  4. With two new grandaughters who are TWINS I would be cutting fabric letters of their names so we stop confusing them. Applique all their clothes!

  5. I’ve wanted one of these but never seem to save up enough to get one. This would be a great item to go with my quilting.
    Thank you for this opportunity to win the Cricut Explore.

  6. I just don’t know how you find the time to do all the things that you do! I am home 24/7 and my son is 24 and I still can’t get even one thing done! Although I do have 5 dogs and 2 cats that are like toddlers, I just love working with fleece and I am glad that it is getting colder here in GA so that I can start working on my line of pet coats for this year. Thanks for the freebies and for the time it takes you to devote to this blog. Love it!

  7. I’m not sure what I would make first. The possibilities of things I could make are endless. Ohhh how my creative juices would flow once I got started.

  8. I made an ‘adopt’ sign with paw print for the o, I would love to make more of them. I hand drew out the letters and it takes so long to do it that way. A machine would make it so much quicker to make the stencils, if I can make them quicker, I could donate some for our Humane Society to sell.

  9. I would love to make inspirational vinyl sayings to frame, and give them to our local battered women and children’s shelter to hang on their walls.

  10. I would finally be able to to do the memory albums of my son. He had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and despite fighting so hard my Curtis lost the battle. He was 19. I need to finish them. I know the memories will hurt and some will be remembered with laughter and I hope friends will be there with be to create them in his memory. The world lost a loving heart when I lost Curtis. .

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