We know you love your string lights, but give garlands some love for a sec. You can hang them on walls or across your mantel, thread them through bannisters, hang them above doorways, or wrap them around your Christmas tree. You can even put lights in them, too! So really, there's nothing they can't do. Whether you want to buy one or DIY one this year, we've got plenty of awesome garland ideas for you.
You won't believe that this light garland is actually made out of paper.
Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
All you need is wire, floral string, and pine to create this minimal holiday arrangement.
Get the tutorial at Homey Oh My.
If you can use a hot glue gun, you can make this garland.
Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.
These paper brown filters work seamlessly with a fireplace filled to the brim with birch. Coffee saves the day yet again.
Get the tutorial at Country Living.
This garland is super easy to make—just knot felt strips along a string of twine, then hang anywhere and everywhere.
Get the tutorial at Tell Love and Party.
Turn your house into a winter wonderland thanks to this air dry clay garland.
Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.
Finally, a use for all those extra candy canes! This string-and-hang garland is festive and creative.
Get the tutorial at Made Every Day.
This string light garland doubles as an advent calendar!
Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.
These adorable felt balls will add a pop of color to your Christmas tree without straying too far from the traditional holiday palette.
BUY NOW $16, etsy.com
These mini wreaths are so cute and so easy. Secure sprigs of rosemary around tiny embroidery hoops with floral wire and attach to a cherry-red string of twine.
Get the tutorial at The Sweetest Occasion.
Wrap a pine garland and Christmas lights around a railing and garnish with cranberry sprigs, ribbon, and foam balls for a winter scene that looks gorg at night.
Get the tutorial at 11 Magnolia Lane.
If you're anything like us, you probably have an extra box (or ten) of pasta lying around to put to use.
Get the tutorial at The Gold Jelly Bean.
Visions of sugar plums will deff be dancing in your head in this bed.
Get the tutorial at Stone Gable Blog.
They're not just for your wall—wrap a garland around your tree, too. Tinsel garlands are classic, but we're digging this "Merry Christmas" string.
See more at The Tom Kat Studio.
For a totally OTT display, string up paper bells along your mantle. Choose red and white for a candy cane theme
Get the tutorial at Natipernavigare.
A message so nice, we'll string it twice.
BUY NOW $20, etsy.com
This black backdrop is perfect for a silver, white, and gold star garland.
Get the tutorial at Say Yes.
Pro tip: This would look amaze draped across a doorway's white crown molding.
BUY NOW $24, etsy.com
Who invited you, red and green? We're loving this icy winter color palette.
Get the tutorial at House and Home.
Bleach pinecones first before stringing them alongside real cranberries. For their golden effect, submerge pinecones from your backyard in bleach for two days.
Get the tutorial at Clean and Scentsible.
"Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" will be playing on repeat this year, and we aren't even sorry.
Get the tutorial at The Proper Blog.
You can break this red and white garland out again for Valentine's Day!
Get the tutorial at The Happier Homemaker.
These neutral stockings are actually recycled pieces of grain sacks.
Get the tutorial at Miss Mustard Seed.
This cinnamon, roasted apple, and fresh citrus garland will make your house smell incredible.
Get the tutorial at Fireflies and Mudpies.
This DIY is as easy as tying your favorite holiday ribbon and strips of burlap around a string of Christmas lights.
Get the tutorial at Create Craft Love.