66 Christmas Garland Decorating Ideas for Instant Holiday Cheer

Deck your halls with these festive ideas.

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A string of Christmas garland is the easiest way to add some cheer to your home this holiday season. There are so many festive ways to decorate with the greenery, like draping across your mantel, hanging with your wreath, or taking an unexpected approach with one of these unique ideas.

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Garland and Stocking Stairway

If you don't have a fireplace, take a tip from these Michigan homeowners. They attached their stockings to their greenery for a fun and festive look.

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DIY Apple Garland

This craft uses real fruit! The Bridger family made this garland to pay tribute to the adjacent orchard. To re-create it, use a skewer to puncture a hole through an apple, close to the center, then string wire through the fruit and secure wire to the garland. The Bridgers used Fraser fir for their creation.

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Bathroom Mirror Garland

In our opinion, every room could use a bit of Christmas cheer! Christine and Gabe Bridger made sure every room was filled with holiday decor—even their bathroom. Here, they used a simple string of greenery to line the long mirror.

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DIY Mitten Garland

Have old mittens your family no longer wears? Get inspired by Michigan homeowner Christine Bridger, who sources vintage ones year-round online and at flea markets, then uses a large needle to pull yarn through the tops of the hand-warmers. (Secure with knots if needed.)

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Felt Leaf Garland

Too add some cheer to her children's rooms, Tennessee homeowner Holly Williams wrapped this around their bunk beds.

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Headboard-Shaped Garland

Holly Williams also added some greenery to her other bedrooms. Come Christmas Eve, her girls will don their matching pajamas and bunk together on built-ins made festive with .

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Buff Strickland
Mantel Christmas Garland

At the Junk Gypsies' inn in Round Top, Texas, fresh garland is layered with a strand of stars for a glitzy effect.

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David Tsay
Christmas Garland Table Centerpiece

The stunning centerpiece on this Christmas table starts with a gorgeous lit garland, and is finished with fun bottle brush trees and charming houses.

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Buff Strickland
Christmas Tree Garland

A swathe of gold ribbon gives depth to this gorgeous thrifted Christmas tree.

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David Hillegas
Cookie Tree Candy Garland Idea

For an extra-sweet Christmas garland, adorn a stack of vintage cookie tins with a candy sash.

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DIY Christmas Wreaths

Garland comes in more than just swags. Check out how to make these DIY Christmas wreaths using everything from foliage to jingle bells.

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Annie Schlechter
Advent Calendar Garland

Cape Cod homeowner and blogger Nora Murphy used homegrown garland and teeny galvanized buckets to creative this festive display above her stove, which doubles as an air freshener and an advent calendar.

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Annie Schlechter
Christmas Garland With Lights

Hang up your favorite greens, twinkling lights, and pinecones to create a lush and sparkling arrangement, which you can then add to hutches, cabinetry, entertainment centers, mantels, and more.

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David Tsay
Staircase Christmas Garland

A vintage state pennant adds color and and a personal touch to this entryway garland.

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Jean Allsopp
Christmas Garland With Ornaments

1950s vintage baubles hang from an oversized garland in the entryway of this Tennessee home.

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Annie Schlechter
Fresh Christmas Garland

Drape your mantel with greenery—try cedar, boxwood, and holly—for a fragrant mix of textures. Nestle faux birds' nests into the greenery to bring the outdoors inside.

RELATED: Peek Inside 30 Homes Decorated for Christmas

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Max Kim-Bee
Christmas Garland Gifts

Sweeten a stairway's garland with welcome gifts! Offer treats to overnight guests as they head up to their temporary digs by hanging coffee mugs filled with candy and hot cocoa mix on the banister garland.

RELATED: A Homespun Christmas in a Cozy Connecticut Farmhouse

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David Tsay
Fireplace Christmas Garland

A cozy living room is made even cozier with an evergreen garland draped across the mantel and decorated with Shiny Brites. Feed sack stockings add to the country farmhouse vibe.

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Annie Schlechter
Gingerbread Cookie Garland

Combine your favorite greenery with sweet and spicy-smelling gingerbread ornaments for an aromatic display. Use your homemade garland to dress up your kitchen cabinets, pantry, bookshelves, and more.

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Annie Schlechter
Mirror Christmas Garland Idea

Add fragrant greenery to your bathroom for a pop of color and Christmas aroma.

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Annie Schlechter
Christmas Garland on Table

Wedge fresh greens in between dishes and silverware to create a rich and colorful Christmas tablescape. Top your favorite greenery with fresh oranges for added fragrance and color.

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David Tsay
Cabinet Christmas Garland

Take a cue from these Midwest farmhouse owners and give your humdrum furniture some Christmas spirit. They pulled garland together in the center of their linen cabin and then embellished it with pretty baubles.

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Annie Schlechter
Lit Christmas Garland

A swag of greenery and gold baubles wrapped around the staircase of this Tennessee farmhouse makes the whole space feel more festive.

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Max Kim-Bee
Fireplace Advent Calendar Garland

Let guests play Santa for a day! Instead of candy, fill Advent calendar pouches with guests' names, then let that day's Saint Nick choose the activity, from caroling to cookie making.

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Victoria Pearson
Bunk Bed Garland Idea

A 36-foot string of Port Orford cedar is draped over this bunk bed for a festive touch. For a loose, casual effect, let garland puddle on the floor by up to a foot.

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David Tsay
Window Christmas Garland

Hang a large garland around a window to add some extra greenery.

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Burcu Avsar
Layered Christmas Garlands

Complement a garland draped atop your mantel with a pretty wreath in the shape of a star.

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Burcu Avsar
Outdoor Christmas Garland

Your Christmas tree isn't the only place to hang colorful ornaments. Outfit a drape of greenery with your best embellishments.

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Monica Buck
Snowy Christmas Garland Idea

Attach snowflakes to your garland for a wintery touch.

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Jean Allsopp
Overhead Garland Idea

Wrap a garland around a to add some Christmas charm overhead.

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