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.
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
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.
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!
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.
4. Work in manageable sections, as several small ones vs. just a big one will be easier to handle.
5. Tie the sections together, and trim off the excess string.
6. Be amazed. Be very, very amazed! Good job, guys! You’ll understand if you try it.
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!
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?