6 Unique Handmade Holiday Garlands

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest 

It’s easy really. If a Christmas tree was a party dress, it would need a necklace. 
Garland = Necklace! 

One: Candy Wrapper Garland
Candy wrappers around packing peanuts make for a colorful candy Christmas with no tooth aches!
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Find the DIY here!

Two: White Butcher Paper Garland
White paper strips threaded onto string. Think Elizabethan collar on the cheap. Perfect for a pig inspired tree or any tree!
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Three: Felt Ball Garland
The only thing that would make this garland better is if it were gum balls instead of felt balls. So much happy in one place and not limited to the holidays. This felt ball garland would be perfect to adorn any party place!
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More here!

Four: Paint-Dipped Orange Feather Garland
When you have a self proclaimed “champion” bird dog in the house, you accumulate a lot of feathers and a lot of attitude. This year she got her own tree AND the most beautiful flame orange dipped feather garland. 
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Five: Gingham Garland
I’ve covered Easter basket handles with this garland and used it to decorate an entire room for a certain celebrity party, but nothing looks as beautiful as it does on this Christmas tree.
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Make your own here!

Six: Red and White Pom Pom Garland
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More on that here!

What types of garland are you making this holiday season?
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DIY: Gingham Fabric Garland

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresea Earnest

There is no fabric I like more than gingham –I love the nostalgia of it and candyland of colors! It has a special place in my heart as my grandmother, Lula Mae, often wore a red and white buffalo plaid gingham shirt on her farm (see her picture at the end of this article). This garland just makes me happy and when wrapped on a Christmas tree, you can’t help but smile.

Gingham Fabric Garland
Ingredients:
Gingham fabric
1 pair scissors
Medium thick rope (as long as the garland you would like to make)

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What to do:
Cut or rip fabric into strips 6-8″ long x 3″ wide strips, separate by color and place aside (you’ll need approximately 25 strips for each foot of garland). Knot the end of your rope. Working with one strip of fabric at a time, tie a single knot around the rope and push up to touch the knot before it. Repeat until you have the rope covered.
Pro Tip: You can work in a pattern with your colors or just mix it up. I like to mix it up as I think it makes for a more playful garland!

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This garland isn’t just for Christmas, it could really decorate any party and even the handle of an Easter Basket like I did HERE for Better Homes and Gardens!

Grandma Lula Mae and Grandpa Russell on their farm in Missouri.
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DIY: Glitter and Flame Orange Pinecone Ornaments

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Feature photo by Teresea Earnest

The most beautiful pine trees grown in Georgia. On my walks with a certain bird dog and wonderful husband, I’m known to spend more time picking pinecones off the forrest floor than I am watching for pheasants. Once you have amassed a lot of these things, you have to figure out something to do with them…I did! I love these showy pinecones…a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.

Glitter and Paint Dipped Pine Cone Ornaments

Ingredients:
Pinecones (from nature of course)
Gold glitter
Mod Podge matte finish
1 can flame orange paint

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What to do:
Step 01

Dip the bottom or top of your pinecone into the can of paint and pull out slowly. Hang and let dry overnight.

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Step 02
Once dry, apply a bit of Mod Podge to the bottom or top of the pine, sprinkle over with glitter and let dry

Step 03
Tie yarn, ribbon, or attach a hook and adorn your tree

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My Pointer Sister Custom Sprinkles go great with this look! Grab them here!!

DIY: Tiered Felt Ornaments

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Tree Photo and Video Teresea Earnest Photography

Felt Ornaments

Ingredients:
1 piece of card stock
6 (4×4) felt squares
1 pair scissors
1 marker
1 skein of embroidery floss
1 small threading needle
an assortment of craft flare (sequins, mini pom poms, colored beads..)

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What to do:
Step 01:
Trace or freehand a fun shape onto card stock (I made a simple round scalloped shape, but you could do anything that has an exact center).
Next, us scissors to cut out.
Pro tip:  The more complex the shape, the harder it is to cut out of fabric….trust me…make it simple! 
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Step 02:
Using a contrasting colored marker, trace your shape onto the felt, cut out and place aside. You’ll want to cut about 12-15 piece for one ornament.
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Step 03:
Thread 12-15 inches of embroidery floss through your needle. Add some fun flair and knot off at one end.
Pro tip: You may need to make a few knots depending on the opening of your bottom flair!
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Step 04:
Thread your needle though 3 to 5 felt shapes. Repeat steps 03 and 04 until satisfied.

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Step 05:
Once satisfied with steps 03 and 04, add the last bit of flair and tie off. Create a loop at the top for easy tree adorning!
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How stinkin’ cute are these on a tree!!
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Adorable DIY Felt Ornaments! (VIDEO)

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Video by Teresea Earnest

If cookies could be in colors and last for years I’d make ornaments out of them. Until then, these will do just beautifully!! 

https://www.facebook.com/AFoodInspiredLife/videos/1709999755697558/

Get the step by step DIY for making these ornaments HERE!

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