Wood Chip Pompom Garland

DIY Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.com

This year, I took a cue from Scandinavian decorating to outfit my Christmas tree. (And it wasn’t just because I purchased the tree at IKEA.)

Instead of a full tree dripping with ornaments, the IKEA Christmas tree encourages Scandinavian minimalism with its sparse branches. I’m not sure what it is about this look that works so well. But it does.

Maybe fewer branches mean making more thoughtful ornament choices, since you only have so many branches to hang them on. Or, maybe it’s the deliciously rustic quality of it. As if it was a real tree—imperfections and all—chopped down just outside my door. Or, maybe the simplicity is what makes the tree. It’s not decked out in twinkling lights or shrouded in sparkly twine.

Whatever it is, I needed an equally rustic and uncomplicated garland to drape on the tree. When looking at my craft supplies, I saw a bowl full of wood chips and a bag of pompoms and I knew I had to make a garland using the two.

Here’s how to create your own wood chip pompom garland.

DIY Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.comDIY Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.com

Gather your supplies together. I ordered 3-5 cm wood chips off Amazon and I found mini red and green pompoms at the Target Dollar Spot.

What you’ll need:
– Wood chips (3-5 cm diameter)
– Mini pompoms (I bought mine at the Target Dollar Spot)
– Twine
– Drill
– Needle and thread

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Step 1: Drill a hole
Drill a hole in the center of each of your wood chips. I used about 20 wood chips for my garland, but the number simply depends on how long you want your garland to be.

Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.com

Step 2: Thread the twine through and knot it
Take a wood chip and thread your twine through the hole. Then, knot both sides of the twine, so the wood chip doesn’t move.

You can either trim your twine to your desired length now (I think my garland was about 5 feet long) or keep adding wood chips and pompoms until your garland is the length you want and then trim it.

Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.com

Step 3: Sew on the pompom
Sew the pompom to the twine in order to attach it. I’m no sewing expert, but I managed to attach the pompom to the twine. My tip is to insert the needle through the middle of the pompom in order to secure it.

Continue attaching wood chips and pompoms until you’ve strung them all along the twine.

Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.com

Some more tips to keep in mind:
– Space your wood chips and pompoms at your desired length along the twine. I put a few inches between mine, but you could place them right next to each other if you like.
– When you attach your last wood chip, tie a knot at the end of your twine to secure it.
– You don’t have to use twine. Use yarn, string or even fishing line.

Wood Chip Pompom Garland | redleafstyle.com

This garland is so easy to make. (Sewing on the pompoms is the most time-intensive part.) And, I love how this garland adds holiday cheer without going too over-the-top. It’s a bit whimsical, a touch rustic and so simple.

3 Festive Christmas Wreaths

DIY Ornament Wreath for $10 or Less | redleafstyle.com

Are you still decking the halls and putting the final touches on your Christmas décor?

As Christmas gets closer, I keep finding ways to make my home just a little bit merrier. One Christmas decoration I can’t do without is a wreath. I tend to DIY my own every year. (I can’t stop at just one!) Wreaths are so easy to make yourself.

And, you have so many DIY options. Cover it in yarn or fabric. Make a ruffled burlap wreath. Use candy canes, fake poinsettias or bows. There are so many ideas out there!

If you need a Christmas wreath, then look no further. I’ve got you covered. Here are my three favorite festive wreaths that you can make yourself.


1. DIY Ornament Wreath for $10 or Less

DIY Ornament Wreath for $10 or Less | redleafstyle.com

Add some sparkle to your front door with this ornament wreath made from dollar store materials. Besides saving money when you make your own ornament wreath, you can also customize it any way you want. You get to choose the exact color combination and size. Here’s how you can make your own homemade ornament wreath for $10 or less.

Make your own ornament wreath.


2. DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath | redleafstyle.com

Can you believe this fluffy, snow-like wreath is made from coffee filters? Bring a wintery wonderland vibe to your front door or above your mantle by making your own coffee filter wreath. This DIY coffee filter wreath has big style, but is low budget. Here’s how to make your own.

Learn how to DIY your own coffee filter wreath.


3. Upcycled Fabric Wreath

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If you like to upcycle, then you’ll love this Christmas wreath. I made this fabric wreath using only items from secondhand stores. Scouring thrift stores, I was on the lookout for fabric or clothes in bright, Christmasy reds and greens. Check out how I made this cute upcycled fabric wreath for about $10 from secondhand finds. (It’s super easy to replicate yourself.)

Make your own upcycled fabric wreath.

Want even more Christmas crafts? Try making this DIY Holiday Burlap Garland.

DIY Holiday Burlap Garland

DIY Holiday Burlap Garland | redleafstyle.com

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.

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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
– Scissors

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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.

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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.

DIY Holiday Burlap Garland | redleafstyle.com

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.