How To Make A Christmas Garland For The Fireplace Mantel

Learn how to make a Christmas garland that will take your Christmas fireplace mantle decor to another level with this step-by-step tutorial.

How To Make A Christmas Garland

As promised in last week’s blue and white Christmas home tour, here is the tutorial for making my Christmas garland.

Ever since I wrote last year’s post on decorating a fireplace mantel that has a TV above it, I have been planning to go all out on creating a garland for my mantel this year.

So this tutorial has been a whole year in the making!!

You might be wondering what was so life-changing about that post? While I was looking for garland inspiration, I found Regina Gust’s website with her absolutely gorgeous holiday decor. I decided right then and there that I wanted a garland like one of those to go over my fireplace.

Unfortunately, last year it was a little too close to Christmas when I discovered her amazing website, so I promised myself that I would make one this year…and I did!

Keep reading to find out how to make a Christmas garland to go over your fireplace mantel.

What You Need

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The ribbon and tulle

Ornaments for the Garland

Note: This is the list of what I used for my garland, but you can use whatever works with your decor (and whatever you have on hand).

Step 1: Start With a Plain Garland

The plain garland

One of the things I really like about Regina’s garlands is that they go all the way to the ground.

So I was looking for either a long garland or shorter ones that I could join together.

Non-poseable garland

I originally bought these sparkly garlands from Michael’s (everyone knows I like a little sparkle!) 

And I do like them, but I realized that the garland needs to have “pose-able” branches in order to move them where you need them. So these ones were out.

After searching through a bunch of different stores, I found exactly what I was looking for – an 18-foot garland with lights*.

Even better, it was the least expensive option I found!

This isn’t the fullest garland you can find. It’s actually pretty scrawny!

But for this project, I wasn’t too worried about that. All of the extra decorations will fill it out!

Step 2: Add String Lights

If your garland didn’t come with lights, you’ll want to add them add this point.

Just thread them in and around the garland branches just like you would with a Christmas tree.

Step 3: Hang The Garland

Command hook attached to the top of the mantel

I know it seems a little backward to hang the garland before you put anything on it, but I think it’s easier this way.

For this, you will need at least 2 (and possibly 3) command hooks. They will hold the garland on your mantel and can be removed later without causing any damage to the finish.

I went for the ones that can hold 5 pounds…this garland will be heavy by the time we’re finished!

Position the first hook close to one end of the mantel, about 1″ from the wall. 

Stick it onto the mantel with the hook end closer to the front of the mantel.

Repeat the process on the other end of the mantel.

The third hook will be used to hold the garland up in the middle if you want to do that.

If you’re not sure what you want to do, you can wait to attach this one. 

I didn’t decide that I wanted it up in the middle until after I had put most of the ornaments on the garland.

Garland around Command hook on the mantel

Then hook the garland around the command hook on each side of the mantel.

Evergreen garland draped over the mantel

Make sure that the garland is evenly hung on both sides.

You may need to fiddle with it a bit to get the ends to be even and get it to drape like you want it in the front.

It will get pulled down some by the weight of the ornaments so you don’t want too much of a swag at the front.

Evergreen garland with string lights on the mantel

Important Note: Make sure that the light plug is at the end closest to the electric socket. I plugged my garland in at this point to make sure I had it right.

Step 4: Wind In Some Tulle

Tulle wound around a branch of the garland
Wind a branch around the tulle to hold it in place

Now that the garland is hung, it’s time to start the fun part! The decorating!

The first thing to put on the garland is the tulle.

To attach the tulle, simply wrap one of the garland branches around the tulle.

Tulle attached to the garland on the mantel
Attach the tulle in 2 or 3 places going up the garland on the side of the fireplace

Then move up the garland a foot or two and wrap another one of the garland branches around the tulle.

Keep the tulle pretty loose between each tie point.

Garland and tulle over the fireplace mantel

Keep going until you have reached the other end of the garland.

Step 5: Tie On The Ribbon

Ribbons attached to the bottom of the garland
Attach both ribbons in the same locations as the tulle

Take the 2 ribbons and wrap a branch around them to tie them on to the garland.

I attached them in the same location as the tulle.

Blue and gold ribbons in a crossing pattern over white tulle on the garland

Keep going up and around the garland with the ribbon, the same way that you did with the tulle.

Try to alternate sides with the ribbon…so that the blue ribbon starts on the right side of the garland at the bottom, then is on the left side of the garland for the next section, then goes back to the right side on so on.

The gold ribbon does the same criss-cross pattern in the opposite direction.

Ribbon and tulle attached to the garland on the mantel

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

Step 6: Clip On The Poinsettias

Clip-on Poinsettia ornaments with ribbon and tulle on the garland

Add the clip on poinsettias.

At a minimum, I would put them in the corners of the mantel and the center of the swag.

But I also did 3 of them down each side of the garland.

Step 7: Stick In the Pine Cone Picks

Garland with pine cone picks, poinsettia ornaments and ribbons
Stick in the pine cone picks

Stick the pine cone picks in across the top and down the sides of the garland

Try to have some facing up and some down to give it a random feel.

Step 8. Add the Pearl and Smaller Poinsettia Picks

Multi-stemmed pearl picks cut into smaller pieces

Cut the multi-branch pearl picks into smaller pieces.

Wire cutters are the easiest way to do this.

Blue poinsettia ornament on the garland with white pearl picks behind it

Stick the picks in behind the poinsettia clips.

I also added some poinsettia flower picks in between the larger flowers.

Step 9: Hang the Large Ornaments

Blue, white and gold garland with large Christmas ornaments hung from it

Now you get to add all of the 4″ round ornaments, long ornaments and the ginger jars.

These are all hung using thread or ribbon so that they hang down from the garland.

Command hook attached to the center of the mantel

I also decided at this point to bring the middle of the garland up to the mantel instead of having it hang down.

To do this, I attached the third command hook in the center of the middle close to the front edge. 

Then the garland hooks around it just like it did on the sides.

Step 10: Fill In With Smaller Ornaments

Blue, white and gold garland with a lot of Christmas ornaments on the mantel

Use standard ornament hooks to add some of the smaller ornaments to the garland.

I like to use green hooks since they blend in with the garland.

White Christmas ornament with an alligator clip attached to it
Use alligator clips to attach ornaments close to the garland

Then add some of the ornaments close into the garland by attaching them with alligator clips.

White ornament hung on the garland with an alligator clip
Hide the clip behind the ornament

Try to make sure that the clip is hidden behind the ornament when you attach it.

Christmas garland with blue poinsettia ornaments, gold bird cage ornament and white leaf picks

Combining some of the balls in groups of 2 or 3 on the garland adds color to the garland.

Step 11: The Finishing Touches

Blue, white and gold Christmas garland with white and gold leaf picks

Add the leaf picks into the garland to fill in any empty spots.

Blue white and gold Christmas garland on a fireplace mantel with blue and white ginger jars in the corners

I added some ginger jars in the corners of the mantel to add some height beside the TV and tie the whole look together.

The Finished Garland

Blue, white and gold garland with the lights on

With all of the ornaments on the garland, the lights mostly show up behind it…which almost makes it look like it’s floating.

Ornaments hanging from the garland in front of the fireplace
Ornaments hanging in front of the fireplace

I really like the way the ornaments hang down in front of the fireplace. Which also pulls your eye down and distracts a little from the TV.

The Christmas tree and garland

After decorating the tree in the same blue and white colors, it definitely is the focal point of my living room.

Christmas garland and garden stool with the fireplace
Christmas garland and garden stool

I even have a great spot in front of the fireplace for my blue and white garden seat.

Christmas garland made with lots of blue, white and gold Christmas ornaments

It definitely doesn’t look like the same scrawny garland that I started with!

So there you have it.  My steps for making a Christmas garland to go over your fireplace mantel.

Hopefully, you have found some inspiration to create a version that will take your Christmas decor over the top!

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