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DIY Grinch Garland – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Whether you’re looking for some Grinch Christmas decorations to put on your fireplace mantel or to hang over your front door, we’ve got you covered. This DIY Grinch garland is easy to make and looks so fun and festive for a merry Grinchmas.

Do you love the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas as much as I do?

I’m assuming since you’re here, that’s a “Yes”.

Now that I’ve decorated a Grinch Christmas tree and made a Grinch wreath, a Grinch-inspired garland is the next project.

Made with deco mesh, ribbon and Grinch-y ornaments attached to an evergreen garland, it’s the perfect festive Christmas decor.

So let’s get to making it!

Supplies

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DIY Grinch garland supplies - evergreen garland, deco mesh, feather boas, pipe cleaners, ornaments and picks
  • 9-foot evergreen garland. This is long enough to go across the top and down one side of a fireplace or doorway. If you want your Grinch garland to go down both sides, you’ll need an 18 foot one (and more supplies).
  • 19 lime green pipe cleaners
  • 10 yards of 10-inch wide lime green deco mesh
  • 10 yards of 10-inch wide red and white striped deco mesh
  • 2 or 3 6-foot long lime green feather boas
  • an assortment of red, green and white ornaments – plastic or shatterproof balls work best since they won’t break if they fall off.
  • 4-inch wide wired ribbon – I used a red and white striped ribbon.
  • 15 yards of 2½-inch wide wired ribbon – I used a lime green ribbon that said Merry Christmas in red on the front.
  • 3 command hooks – to hang up the garland

Shop for the supplies

Here are the links to the supplies I used (click the pictures to find them on Amazon). Some of the ornaments and ribbons aren’t available any more so I tried to find similar ones you can use.

Glitter Multi Dots Wired Edge Ribbon - 2.5" x 10 Yards (Lime Green)
4" Red and White Stripe Wired Ribbon, Christmas Wired Ribbon, Valentine Wired Ribbon, Patriotic Wired Ribbon, Red White Stipe Ribbon,
Sleetly Green Ornaments for Christmas Tree Shatterproof Ball Decorations, 3.15", Set of 12
10 Inch x 10 Yards (30 feet) Deco Poly Mesh Ribbon - Lime Green with Lime Foil : RE130150
10 inch x 30 feet(10 Yards)-YYCRAFT Metallic Deco Poly Mesh Ribbon for Christmas Decoration/Wreath Making Craft(White/Red)
Valery Madelyn 30ct 60mm Classic Collection Splendor Red Green White Christmas Ball Ornaments, Shatterproof Christmas Tree Ornaments for Xmas Decoration
National Tree Company Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Garland, Green, Crestwood Spruce, White Lights, Decorated with Pine Cones, Berry Clusters, Plug In, Christmas Collection, 9 Feet
Carykon 100 Pieces Fuzzy Chenille Stems Pipe Cleaners for Arts and Crafts (Light Green)
Cozy Glamour Over 35 Different Solid Color Boas 6 Feet Long 50 Gram Weight (Lime Green #125)

How to make a DIY grinch garland

1 | Tie on the pipe cleaners

Lime green pipe cleaner being tied on evergreen garland

The first step is to tie the pipe cleaners onto the evergreen garland.

You’ll need to attach them about every 6″ all along the length of the garland.

2 | Attach the deco mesh

Now we’re going to attach the deco mesh.

How to tie lime green deco mesh to the evergreen garland

Leave 2 to 3 feet of deco mesh free at the end, then twist the first pipe clear around it.

Go down about 12″ on the deco mesh and attach it to the next pipe cleaner. This should create a pouf in the mesh.

Keep going until you reach the end of the evergreen garland.

Leave 2 or 3 feet of deco mesh free at the end and then cut the deco mesh off.

How to tie red and white deco mesh to the garland

Repeat the process with the red and white striped deco mesh, tying the deco mesh onto the same pipe cleaners.

Arrange the red and white poufs so they are not completely overlapping the green ones.

3 | Tie on the feather boas

How to add lime green feather boas to the Grinch garland

Next up are the feather boas.

Start at one end of the garland and wrap the feather boa around it, tying it in with the pipe cleaners.

When you get to the end of the first feather boa, continue with the next one until you get to the other end of the garland.

It will take 3 or 4 boas depending on how tightly you wrap them.

4 | Wire on the ornaments

How to add red, green and white Christmas ornaments to the DIY Grinch  garland

Now you want to attach the ornaments.

Thread the end of the pipe cleaners into the hook at the top of the ornaments.

Attach two ornaments in some places (one on the end of each pipe cleaner) in some locations and one ornaments in others.

Try to alternate the ornaments so you don’t have too many of the same color and pattern in one place.

5 | Attach the ribbon

How to add red and green ribbon to the DIY Grinch Christmas garland

Finally, we’re going to add the ribbon.

Layer the 2½” ribbon on top of the 4″ ribbon.

Leave about 2 feet free at the end, then pinch the two ribbons together.

Tie it onto the garland above the ornaments by twisting the first pipe cleaner around it.

Continue attaching the ribbon to the pipe cleaners winding on from one side of the garland to the other.

Also, leave a little slack in the ribbon so that it doesn’t look too tight.

Tuck the ends of the pipe cleaner in.

Now we’re ready to put it up!

You can use it as a mantel garland or over the door.

How to put it Up On a mantel

DIY Grinch garland over a mantel beside a Grinch Christmas tree

Since I used a 9-foot garland, it isn’t long enough to go over the top of the mantel and down both sides.

So I only had it going across and down one side. But with the tree on the side without the garland, you can’t really tell.

Top of the Grinch Christmas mantel garland under a Grinch wreath

I didn’t need to attach it to keep it in place. But if you do, command hooks are a great way to do this.

Simply stick them to the mantel (or wall) where you want the garland to go. Then hook the evergreen branches around the hooks.

Close up of the ornaments and picks in the Grinch Christmas mantel garland

I also added some grinchy-looking picks by sticking them into the garland after it was up.

How to Hang as a Grinch front door garland

DIY Grinch garland over a front door with a Grinch wreath on it

This also works well for a front door garland in a covered location (the feather boas won’t look great if they get wet).

Put up outdoor command hooks in both corners above the door and another one in the middle between those two.

Attach one end of the garland to one of the corner hooks. Tie one of the evergreen branches around the hook to keep it in place.

Grinch front door garland and wreath

Let the ribbon and deco mesh hang down the side of the door.

Then hang the garland on the middle hook. Make sure it’s not hanging down low enough to get caught in the door.

Finally attach it to the hook on the other side of the door.

Close up of the Grinch front door garland

The weight of the garland should pull it down fairly straight on the other side.

If not, arrange it to look how you want it. Then attaching another command hook on the side should keep it in place.

Other Grinch Christmas decorations you might like:

DIY Grinch Garland

This DIY Grinch garland is a fun and festive addition to your Christmas decor that only takes a few minutes to put together.
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9 foot evergreen garland.
  • 19 lime green pipe cleaners
  • 10 yards 10-inch wide lime green deco mesh
  • 10 yards 10-inch wide red and white striped deco mesh
  • 2 or 3 6-foot long lime green feather boas
  • an assortment of red, green and white ornaments
  • 15 yards 4-inch wide red and white wired ribbon
  • 15 yards 2½-inch wide lime green wired ribbon
  • 3 command hooks – to hang up the garland

Instructions

  • Tie the pipe cleaners on to the evergreen garland every 6″ along its length.
  • Leave 2 to 3 feet of the lime green deco mesh free at the end, then twist the first pipe clear around it.
  • Go down about 12" on the deco mesh and attach it to the next pipe cleaner. This should create a pouf in the mesh.
  • Keep attaching the mesh like this until you reach the end of the evergreen garland.
  • Leave 2 or 3 feet of deco mesh free at the end and then cut off the end.
  • Repeat the process with the red and white striped deco mesh, tying the deco mesh onto the same pipe cleaners.
  • Arrange the red and white poufs so they are not completely overlapping the green ones.
  • Wrap the feather boa around the garland, tying it on with the pipe cleaners. When you get to the end of the first feather boa, continue with the next one until you get to the other end of the garland.
  • Thread the end of the pipe cleaners into the hook at the top of the ornaments. Attach one or two ornaments at each pipe cleaner location.
  • Layer the 2½” ribbon on top of the 4″ ribbon.
  • Leave about 2 feet free at the end, then pinch the two ribbons together.
  • Tie it onto the garland above the ornaments by twisting the pipe cleaners around it.
  • Tuck the ends of the pipe cleaner in.

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