DIY Christmas Tree Garland

Those of you who know me, and know me well, know how much I love the holiday season. In fact, I was on staycation for an entire week last week and legitimately texted my sister, Jess, to ask if it were too early to start decorating. In the end, I decided to wait until after Thanksgiving. Difficult, but seemed reasonable.

I definitely have all-things holiday on my mind. I’ve been writing holiday emails, holiday gift guides, scoping out decorations and ornaments and planning my first-ever ugly sweater party. This is the first year that I have my own place so I’m looking forward to decorating it.

Last night, as I was preparing a mediocre kale salad in my tiny kitchen, I noticed my box of unused red and white recycled paper straws. Now, paper straws theoretically seem like a lovely idea. But functionally, they suck. Thus the reason why they’ve been sitting around and not getting any love. But an idea occurred to me! Why not turn those red and white paper straws into Christmas tree garland? Brilliant, I excitedly exclaimed in my mind!

So that’s what I did. And here’s how I did it.

What You’ll Need:

  • Red and white paper straws (or any other color combo)
  • Twine, ribbon, yarn or similar
  • X acto knife (not pictured)
  • Scissors
  • A cutting board or other surface (also not pictured)

Items needed to make garland

How to Make It: 

  • Cut each straw into three smaller pieces.
  • Thread twine through straw pieces.
  • Tie loops at the beginning and end of twine.
  • Knot tightly.
  • Hang garland!

Christmas tree garland

That’s it! So easy. So cheap. I can’t wait to string it around my Christmas tree. Would love to know what you think!

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