If you want one of the simplest Christmas decoration crafts ever, you have to make this Christmas tree garland. It is so simple to make and brings so much festivity to your home. With minimal supplies needed, this garland is going to be so cute hanging around your home and it takes no time to make.
Mini Christmas Tree Garland
Christmas is coming and we’ve got the perfect holiday craft for you! This garland will look beautiful on your fireplace mantel or hanging over the door. It’s also great as an inexpensive gift idea for friends and family members who might not be that crafty themselves.
This is a great alternative to the burlap reindeer Christmas garland we made last year. Or, you can mix and match and hang one on the mantle and one on a doorway! It’s so fun to add whimsy to your holiday decor like this!
Do I Have to Use Clothespins?
If you wanted to use something else rather than clothespins, you can. However, you need to make sure to use something that can be attached to the string. You can use craft sticks as the base of the Christmas trees. The craft sticks can then be glued to the string to keep them in place.
Whatever you use for the base of the trees, make sure that it is sturdy and will be able to hold the tree in place. You also want to make sure it can easily be attached to the string. Twigs, craft sticks, dowels, etc are all excellent options to substitute for this.
But, if using clothespins and you end up having extras, you could turn them into this hanging clothespin snowflake decoration or even this adorable clothespin napkin holder.
What is the Best Paper For Making the Trees?
I really like using foam paper for the trees because it holds up the best because it is sturdy. There are other great options below that can be used for making these trees.
- Construction paper
- Scrapbook paper
Just remember if you want it to be stiff like these, you may need to add some starch, Mod Podge, or even just layer the paper together to make it thicker. You want your trees to stand up straight and not have floppy branches.
Can I Add Ornaments to the Trees?
You can absolutely add ornaments or decorations to the trees themselves! How adorable will it look with little ornaments attached to the trees?
Add things like miniature bells, miniature ornaments, rhinestones, sequins, beads, or bits of sparkly pipe cleaner to the “branches” for them to look more like a real tree. Of course, if you are using plain paper, you might also want to spray with glitter spray or add glitter around the edges if you prefer.
This is a great way to add a bit more bling and shine to your Christmas trees. You can make each tree the same or add something a little different to each tree.
Can These Be Added to A String of Christmas Lights Instead?
A string of lights is a beautiful way to show off this Christmas Tree Garland. however, you need to be careful. First, you want to make sure that the trees themselves are not near any of the lights themselves. Make sure there is plenty of space between the lights and the paper because the paper is flammable. Whenever you turn on the lights, make sure it is not left unattended. There should always be supervised when the lights are on. Again, this is because the paper is flammable.
What Can I Use For the Garland String?
When making the garland, you need to decide on what kind of string you want to use. You can use anything that you have on hand. Ribbon or yarn are simple choices that are readily available. Twine will add a rustic look to the garland. Tinsel can be used for a very festive look. Raffia is another great option. If you want a clear option for stringing the garland, then you can use a heavy-weight fishing line instead. Anything you have on hand will look lovely.
Where Can I Display This?
This Christmas tree garland can be displayed anywhere around the house. It is perfect for doorways or archways. Hang this around the front of the mantle. It can be used on the Christmas tree too. Anywhere that you have a place to attach the string, this would look adorable.
How to Make a Clothespin Garland for Christmas
Measure a length of glittery thread to fit your mantle or doorway then cut it and string it through the end of the upholstery needle.
Using the needle, string the pom poms onto the thread leaving 3″ to 4″ between each pom pom then set it aside.
On the back of the lightest color of foam paper, trace a small triangle shape. Cut this out.
Lay the triangle of the next shade of foam paper, and use the bottom as a base to guide you to trace down a bit on each side at an angle to look like the middle of the tree. Cut out this angled strip of paper.
Next, repeat this process to form the base of your tree. Cut it out and set it aside.
Glue the pieces onto each clothespin, leaving a small gap between each strip of foam paper to create the layered tree look.
Lay out the string you made with pom poms and clip the trees between each pom pom.
Hang on your mantle, doorway, or wall!
More Christmas Decoration Ideas
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to get started making all of those decorations you want on your holiday tree or around the house. Below are some adorable ideas that you can add to your crafting project list. Bookmark them, print the tutorials, or pin them to your Christmas Pinterest board!
Use any construction paper or craft paper in place of the foam paper if needed for this tree.
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Finished Project Gallery
Add this garland to your mantle or over a doorway!