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DIY Christmas Garland

The problem: Too many different styles of Christmas decor. The answer: re-purposing and revamping it so it all fits my style & donating what I know I won’t use. Enter: the DIY Christmas garland from scraps of ribbon.

DIY Christmas garland: easy DIY with leftover ribbon and twinkle lights!

I’ve been adding to my collection of Christmas decor for the past few years. It’s thrifted, hand-me-down, DIY or hand-made, purchased on clearance after the holiday, collected at yard sales and so on. Basically, it’s a very mixed bag. Every year when I get out my holiday decor I kind of have a hard time knowing what the heck to do with it so I usually end up only getting out about half of them and leaving the rest in a box. The fact that I keep what I don’t use could be classified as hoarding. I don’t like to be a hoarder. So this year I have decided to challenge myself: use it all! And in order for me to love it enough to use it, I’ll be changing and updating things in order to work them into the style I’m going for.

Repurpose thrifted or outdated Christmas decorations to fit your changing taste and style.

I mean, look at that mess! So the first thing I decided to tackle was the array of ribbon I have in my Christmas box. I save pretty ribbon that comes on gifts, or ornaments, or that I find on sale, etc. I pulled it all out and put it in a pile. I decided a nice garland was in order. I grabbed some blue and gold sparkly ribbon I had in my party supply stash too because everything in my house needs a touch of turquoise. So if you want to follow along, here’s what you need:

array of holiday ribbon.

DIY Christmas garland: easy DIY with leftover ribbon and twinkle lights!

String of lights for your base. I hung mine on the mantle, that way I could see it as it would be hanging & know where to put the ribbon. I can turn the lights on at night and it will sparkle!

DIY Christmas garland: easy DIY with leftover ribbon and twinkle lights!

Also needed: a pair of scissors and DDP. (Just me?)

DIY Christmas garland: easy DIY with leftover ribbon and twinkle lights!

Cut your ribbon into strips of desired length and tie them onto the string of lights. Space out colors as you wish.

DIY Christmas garland: easy DIY with leftover ribbon and twinkle lights!

That was easy! I am loving my new garland and am already feeling way better about my Christmas hoarding. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of the box! (I’m going in armed with a can of spray paint.)

DIY Christmas garland: easy DIY with leftover ribbon and twinkle lights!

Do you save Christmas ribbons too? What do you do with them?!

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  • Katie @ Made to be a Momma

    Fun! Great idea! I just did this for my FALL mantel but with fabric scraps! Love the idea of using ribbon–and the twinkle lights are the perfect touch!

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Thank you! Ooh I know. Twinkle lights forever and ever, amen!

  • http://littlemissblackbean.wordpress.com/ Rachel Kathryn

    Ohh this is great and so simple! (my favorite)

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Thanks! I know, simple for the win!

  • Julia Klimek

    Ooooh! I love you this! I made a curtain valance out of fabric scraps/strips, and probably wouldn’t have thought to add twinkle lights! Gonna go do it right now! Thanks for a great idea! Julia

    • Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Woo! I am so glad you like it. That must l be such a fun valance. I think I need one too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Weir

    Love that you used old Christmas ribbon for this project. Way to put it to good use! I’d love for you to link up at our Link It or Lump It party going on right now. http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2013/11/link-it-or-lump-it-15.html

  • Linda

    Darling!

  • Tracy

    Great idea. I love the idea of a garland, but haven’t made one yet. I also save pretty ribbons from packages, so I think I’ll give this a try.

    http://www.throughfoodandstory.blogspot.com/2013/12/from-blah-to-ba-bam.html

  • Bobbie S

    Love it! I would love it if you joined me over at Check Me Out Saturday Link Party

    http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com