In the spirit of Christmas today I am back to share this super Fast, Inexpensive, and Easy DIY Fabric Garland that seriously saved my Christmas Tree from blah-ville. Yes blah-ville, it’s a real place where hard work on Christmas decorations goes to die of boredom.
So my Christmas Tree death of boredom is really a two part story. Part one involves me, an over zealous eager Christmas decorator getting all jazzed and decorating her Christmas Tree in the day light. Then realizing there is a big old ugly dead spot right in the middle after the sun goes down. Yes seriously this happened to me this year. Don’t believe me? Check out my Instagram feed for all the details:
Still don’t believe me, her is a crummy cell phone snap I sent to my husband in disgust when the tree magically turned on at is scheduled time. Can you see it now? Yes, it was terrible, frustrating, and very very annoying.
The only saving grace is, that after standing back and really looking at my tree, I realized that the 3″ wired ribbon garland just wasn’t cutting it. And if I was going to have to take the whole tree apart to fix the dead spot, I might as well change out the garland and make it right.
So here is where my brain had to go to work. Now I’m sure many of you have seen a few articles lately on using anything from scarves, to dusters, to blankets as Christmas tree garland and I will say that all of these posters have a serious stroke of genius since their trees all look AMAZING. Except on thing. They are not amazing on the wallet. I looked and looked for cheap scarves. But everything I found was either too ugly or $15 each and since the recipe calls for 12 scarves… all I have to say is no. So after thinking back to Halloween and my trip to Jo-Anns, I remembered that they had a beautiful selection of flannel plaid fabric.
So after walking the aisles of Jo-Ann’s looking high and low for fun plaids I finally decided on 3 yards of this adorable red, gray, and white checked plaid. Better yet it was half off, so the whole lot cost me $16 including tax.
I started out by neatly folding my fabric four times to the my cuts would run parallel to the shortest end of the fabric. Then measured about 7 inches from the short side of the fabric. There are two reasons I chose to cut along the short end vs. the long. 1. it’s a lot easier to cut and 2. short sections of garland are less likely to get tangled in the tree as it being applied and easier to manipulate once in place.
If you choose to cut using a rotary cutter and cutting mat like I did, it will take you less than 5 minutes to cut all 7 yards. If you are opting to use scissors instead, you may want to grab a seat. It will probably take you a few minutes to make all those cuts.
After all my garland sections were cut I started adding them to my tree moving in a downward spiral.
The key to really great looking garland is to tuck small sections of it back into the tree creating gaps. If you have an artificial tree you can bend on of the branches back to help hold the garland in place.
What a difference adding a thicker fabric garland made! I love the result and my wallet loves the price!!
Thank you for stopping by to check out my Fast, Inexpensive, and Easy DIY Fabric Garland! I hope it inspires you to make some improvements to your tree this year!