Make: A DIY Festive Felt Garland for the Holidays

For all of you still recovering from Thanksgiving overexertion, I have the PERFECT weeknight activity to entertain your kiddos AND create a lovely handmade holiday decoration. This unbelievably easy DIY felt garland only takes only 3 supplies and 2 steps. Within about 30 minutes (less with little helping hands) you’ll have a very fun, tres chic holiday decoration you can put just about anywhere and reuse year after year!

Our DIY felt garland hanging over a small tree on a tabletop in front of a white background.

Now I ask you…how cute is that garland?? Whether you like to decorate for the holidays on November 1st, or 2 weeks before Christmas, this is the perfect early winter make-in-an evening holiday activity. If your family celebrates Thanksgiving with a craft session (a turkey day classic in my family!) this is a great option, as the only prep it takes is buying felt and laying out scissors.

This is a great way for children to practice simple pattern-making and develop fine motor skills. For younger kids, you can combine it with our free printable Thanksgiving mini doodle books or gingerbread and snowman playdough mats for an incredibly manageable, low-stress full day of fun holiday activities!

A close-up of our DIY felt garland hanging over a small Christmas tree and picture frame.

I have this hanging in a corner of the family room, but it would make a wonderfully soft and cozy kid-made decoration for a playroom, wouldn’t it? As a bonus, all that felt helps to suck up sound!

For a unique modern spin on holiday garlands, visit our mix-and-match patterned pine tree garland DIY!

To make your own DIY felt garland you’ll need:

  • The equivalent of about 12 standard-sized squares of felt (you can use scraps, ribbon or mix fabrics too!)
  • Twine or yarn
  • Scissors

Easy DIY Felt Garland Instructions:

  1. Cut strips of felt in multiple colors

    Cut each 8 1/2 x 11″ piece of felt in half length-wise, then cut every 1/2″-1″ to make about 20 rectangles from each piece of felt. In the end, you’ll have roughly 240 strips of felt.
    Cut colorful strips of felt into small rectangles to tie onto the yarn garland.

  2. Tie and knot each strip around a long cut of yarn

    Knot each rectangle around a length of twine or yarn (I’d keep it on a big ball until you’ve used all your pieces, then cut at the end).
    Tie and knot each strip around a long cut of yarn.

BOOM. That. Is. It!! You can create patterns with the colors, or just zen out and grab random strips while you watch a movie. Happy garlanding!

Every part of this project is kid-friendly (except for maybe the cutting depending on age, because you’ll need to use some sharper scissors).  It’s super fun for kids who want to pick their own colors and patterns and is great practice for cutting, tying, and pattern-planning. My favorite part? This garland can be reused for any special occasion!

Our DIY felt garland hanging over a small tree on a tabletop in front of a white background.

More handmade holiday crafts your kids can help create…

Our DIY felt garland hanging over a small tree on a tabletop in front of a white background.

For EVEN MORE kid-friendly homemade holiday crafts, be sure to visit our DIY holiday card holder made from pinecones and twigs, a gorgeous flameless kids’ menorah, or this wintry small world setup that doubles as a simple DIY Christmas countdown!

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Amanda E.

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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