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Last year we really didn’t do much of anything for Christmas. Our only decoration was a strand of lights around a curtain rod and my husband and I didn’t exchange gifts with one another. It was my first holiday season since loosing my dad and I really wanted to keep things low key. This year we’re still not getting a tree, but we have stepped things up a bit! We currently have a lovely ‘real’ wreath decorated with a strand of adorable battery operated lights, decorations on the table below the wreath, and the easy ornament garland I’m demonstrating in this tutorial along our giant front widow.
Materials needed for an easy ornament garland
- Ornaments! I used 2 dozen, but the number you’ll need depends on the length of your garland, size of your ornaments, and personal preference
- Rope or twine a couple feet longer than the area you plan to decorate. I used a manilla rope because I had it on hand, but this 3/8″ sisal rope would look nice (I just didn’t have enough left to use it for this project). A 1/4″ sisal or manila would work, too – just check for it at your local hardware store!
- Ornament hooks
- Scissors to cut your rope
Unfortunately, our window is so large I can’t even get a picture of the whole thing, even with my wide angle lens! The garland looks great, though, and won the husband stamp of approval as soon as he walked in the door from work.
How to make an ornament garland
Cut your rope so it’s slightly longer than the area you want to decorate. Garland tends to look nice when it hangs down a little or loops around something, so make sure to take this into account. You can just play around with your rope and hold it in place to determine what you need – don’t feel like you have to break out a measuring tape! Make sure to add a couple of feet to your estimated length to make loops on the ends. You can always trim off extra but you can’t add more back on!
Tie a knot to make a loop on both ends of your garland. I made a loop perfectly sized to fit over the end of my curtain rod – just make your loop whatever size you need!
You can either hang your rope now and then decorate or add the ornaments before hanging the rope. If you’re placing the garland on a mantle, for example, hanging the rope first will be easier. If the area is more difficult to access along its length, putting the ornaments on first may be easier.
Now it’s time to add ornaments! For a secure hold, twist the rope counter to the direction it naturally twists to open up the three strands a bit. Loop an ornament hook around one strand, then twist the rope back into place. Honestly, this method can be a little annoying if you rope is twisted tightly, but it does make the ornaments more secure.
For a quicker, easier time of things, simply place each ornament hook around the whole rope. Bend the hook slightly to tighten it down around the rope and prevent the ornaments from slipping.
If you haven’t already, hang your garland.
I have a fun, and quite easy, Christmas ornament tutorial planned for Monday. I absolutely can’t wait to share it! Does anyone else have difficulty not sharing everything immediately?