Christmas Decor: How to Make a Beautiful DIY Ornament Garland

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Instead of just using those Christmas ornaments for your tree, why not string them together and make a festive, colorful DIY ornament garland to adorn your table?

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Today, I am going to show you how to make this Christmas garland with ornaments, it’s super easy and such a great way to decorate this holiday season.

Box of colorful Christmas baubles

To create the garland, I ended up using three large 35-piece packages of Christmas bulbs. I picked them up last year on the discount rack at Michaels so I was able to get them really cheap.

Christmas ball ornament with hook

They need to have those hooks that protrude as we will be using these to attach the ornaments to the string lights.

Set of string lights with battery pack

The only thing needed besides ornaments is a set of battery-operated string lights. For this project, it is important to use the battery pack option and not those that plug in since the DIY ornament garland is going to be placed on a table.

Stretching out the string lights

1. Stretch out the string lights

Start off by stretching out your string light along a flat surface.

Removing the hook from the Christmas bauble

2. Remove the hook from an ornament

Now, you are going to pull out the hook from one of your ornaments.

The hook removed from a Christmas bauble

This is what the hook looks like when removed from the Christmas tree ornament.

Sliding the hook over a section of the wire of the string light

3. Attach the hook to the string lights

Slide the hook around the wire of the string light and pinch it together at the end.

Replacing the hook into the bauble

4. Slide the hook back into the Christmas ornament

Next, you need to reattach the hook into the same space it came from on the Christmas ornament.

There is no need to use any glue or wires. The hooks are easy to remove and replace and they remain intact.

The first ornament attached to the string lights.

Now you have your first ornament attached to your string lights.

Adding a green ornament to the string lights

5. Repeat the process across the string light garland

Repeat this process on either side of the light garland and alternate the colors of the baubles you use.

Alternating the colors of Christmas ornaments on either side of the light garland

You want to make sure you do not get too many of the same color in one area, so take your time to decide exactly how you want the Christmas ornaments to be spread out.

Christmas bauble garland DIY

It does take a bit of time to attach all of the Christmas balls but it’s so worth it.

You will need to make the DIY holiday ornament garland as long as your table so if you have any extra lights hanging off the end you can just work those back around under your garland. You don't have to use the full length of the string lights.

DIY Christmas garland with ornaments

6. Style the DIY ornament garland

Once you are finished attaching all your Christmas ornaments to the string lights place your new DIY ornament garland on your dinner table and position it down the center so it has a natural flow.

Tucking the battery pack underneath the garland

Now, all you need to do is turn the lights on and hide the battery pack by tucking it underneath the garland itself, so you do not see it.

How to make Christmas garland with ornaments

This is such a simple and easy DIY that anyone can do, and it looks so fun and festive on my dining room table. I actually like shutting all the lights off and seeing it flicker and glow when I walk by.  

More string light projects

For more gorgeous Christmas decor ideas, check out this fun  Santa Clause string lights tutorial.

Ornament garland DIY

How to make a beautiful DIY ornament garland

This beautiful ornament garland DIY does not just need to be placed on your table as a runner. You could also place it on your mantel or even have it running down your stairwell. The options are endless.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a bauble garland and I would love to know if you tried this DIY Christmas garland idea out and where you decided to display it.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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  • Diane Diane on Mar 04, 2023

    What was the length of the string lights?

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  • Cheryl Fargon Kalich Cheryl Fargon Kalich on Dec 25, 2023

    I wanted to do this beauty on my dining table, but all I could think of was gravy getting spilled on it😢 Also, we’re playing games before dinner! I didn’t want to have to take it off. Maybe next season? Or after dinner place one for deco! It’s so gorgeous!

  • Coffee bean Coffee bean on Dec 25, 2023

    Lovely idea. I'd love to know how much time that took. If I start now, I could have it ready for next Christmas.