Make a twig garland… for free!

on November 11 | in Crafts, Decor, DIY, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Interior Decorating, Tutorials, Uncategorized | by | with 27 Comments

 

 

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

My very favorite place to spend time is in the great outdoors. There’s just something about feeling the sunshine on your face and wind in your hair that leaves you wishing you never had to go back in! (Especially when there’s housework to be had.)

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I adore outdoor elements equally as much. And you can bet sticks and twigs are on that list of must haves. I bring them indoors any chance I get, and dream up wonderful, rustic, FOLK minded things to create.

FOLK Magazine, Christmas 2011, cover photo by James Snowden

This twig garland was created for FOLK Magazine’s 2011 Christmas issue. The project was an instant hit and it was jaw dropping to see how many were recreating their own take on this little twiggy brainstorm!

I encourage you to give it a go yourself. It’s super easy, can be used for all seasons, and the price is the cost of walking outside and snapping a few branches off the trees.

How to make a twig garland

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog-013

 

1. Find twigs or branches of your choice.

Tip: I landed this bunch of uniform , straight sized branches at a thrift store for $10, however you can also use branches just off your property for a more rustic take. Gravitate towards thinner vs. thicker.

 

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog-013

 

2. Cut the branches down to equal length.

Tip: Group up the branches by the handful, then run them through a compound miter saw… it was so fast!

 

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

3. With a long piece of heavy string, knot one branch right in the middle. Continue to add branches, one on top of the other.

Tip: You can double knot for a tighter hold if you wish. The single knot I used had some twigs falling out as time went by. A tiny dot of hot glue would also help.

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog-013

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

4. Work in manageable sections, as several small ones vs. just a big one will be easier to handle.

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog-013

5. Tie the sections together, and trim off the excess string.

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog-013

6. Be amazed. Be very, very amazed! Good job, guys! You’ll understand if you try it.

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog-013

7.  Hang the garland around your Christmas tree, along your stair rail or off your fireplace mantel, and enjoy the reaction of your amazed guests!

How to make a twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

 

This project, although super easy, was a little time consuming. But it’s nothing a good Netflix Christmas special running in the background won’t cure…

For more photos of this finished project, check out FOLK Magazine’s 2011 Christmas issue or visit the original blog post How to Make a Twig Garland at Funky Junk Interiors.

NEW! A video how-to can be found HERE.

 

 Think you’ll give it a whirl?

 

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27 Responses to Make a twig garland… for free!

  1. Sue says:

    Yes, I’m sure this is time-consuming, but the end result is just so cute!!! I would love to have time to do this before my Christmas show in two weeks. We’ll see… Thanks for the tutorial, Donna. :-)

  2. Ginny says:

    Maaaaan! That is cool.

  3. Donna,
    I’ll be sending my girls out into the woods to hunt and gather some twigs for me – Netflix Christmas special – here I come!

    Your staircase is stunning – Santa must love squeezing down your chimney!
    Kelly

  4. Thistle says:

    Love this idea! I think I’m going to put my elves on it :)

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

  5. Wow, that is super cool, Donna! What a unique way to dress up your already unique stairway!

  6. OH! I LOVE this Donna!! How “fiddly” would you say it is? Do you think an 8 year old and a 10 year old could manage? They are, of course, craftily *advanced* children. And I would work the chop saw for them!!
    breida

  7. Vicki says:

    Donna, You keep coming up with such clever ideas! I’m going to be busy for months to come, thanks to you. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  8. Mary Beth Hunt says:

    Very nice description of how to do this!

  9. Candace Bertalan Hornerc3 says:

    Wow Donna, I was out in the yard all day cleaning up branches after the Sandy storm and I was just gathering them up and pitching them in the woods; I’m going back out this week and plan on making this amazing garland!! Love it, thanks for sharing the idea!! Love all natural hand made projects in my home….!

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  11. Lori says:

    Oh My Goodness… this is fabulous!! I love using nature this time of year to decorate and this is the ultimate… I think I could even sneak some glitter onto it!! Thank you for shairng!! ~ Lori

  12. debbiedoos says:

    Love your twig garland Donna. It is perfect!~ Congrats on Folk contributor…you could not be a more a perfect fit:) They are lucky to have ya. Enjoy.

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