You can certainly buy your own garland to hang over your mantle or wrap around your staircase railing this holiday season, but why not make your own?
While garland made from real or artificial greenery is traditional, this ruffled burlap garland is more unexpected. And, it will add rustic charm to your holiday décor. Even better? You don’t need to be super crafty to make your own holiday burlap garland. It’s actually really simple.
You’ll feel all cheery inside when you drape your completed DIY burlap garland along your staircase railing. Here’s how to make it.
Made from 5-inch rolls of burlap fabric, there’s no cutting required. You’ll need just a few other supplies to get started.
What you’ll need:
– Burlap fabric roll (I used two rolls of 5 inch x 10 yards that I got at Walmart.)
– String (a neutral color works best)
– Safety pin
This is a great craft project to do while watching T.V. Once you get the hang of it, the repetition takes over, and you’ll be done before you know it!
Step 1: Measure your string
First, you need to determine how long you want your garland to be. The length of your string will be the length of your garland. I wanted my garland to run the length of my staircase railing. So, I measured it at 10 feet. Looking back, I wish I’d added a few more feet on so I could drape the garland in loops. Instead, I ended up just running the garland directly along the railing.
Once you decide how long you want your garland to be, cut your string to that length.
Step 2: Secure your safety pin
Tie a knot around your safety pin to one end of your string. Basically, just secure the safety pin to the string. (You’ll use the safety pin to thread through the burlap. It’s easier than trying to poke the string through every time by itself because it’s too flimsy.)
Step 3: Thread the string
Thread the string through the burlap toward the bottom.
Step 4: Weave using a zigzag pattern
Weave the string through the burlap from the top to the bottom in a zigzag pattern. How far apart you space the zigzags will determine how bunched the ruffles are.
Step 5: Bunch the burlap
About every two to three feet, pull the thread taut so that the burlap bunches.
Step 6: Finish off
Continue weaving and bunching until your burlap garland reaches your desired length. You’ll probably use more than one roll of burlap fabric, so when you reach the end of one just continue onto the next one. When you’re finished, simply knot your string.
What I love most about this burlap garland is that it’s neutral. You can add elements to it that fit your style. I added tied bows at each end, strung it with lights, and wrapped bright red ribbon around it like a candy cane.
You could also add touches of greenery or hang ornaments from it.
Don’t you just love making your home cheery for the holidays? I think homemade décor makes it extra special. If you want to make another crafty Christmas creation, try this DIY ornament wreath.