Embrace the festive spirit by crafting this beautiful 12 Days of Christmas garland decoration for your home—the perfect holiday activity. If you're a DIY enthusiast, a Christmas decor lover, and a fan of the 12 Days of Christmas song, this blog post is tailor-made for you. Let's dive into the world of crafting and ideas for decorating with your garland.
I love the Christmas carols of the holiday season. One of the more popular songs this time of year is the Twelve Days of Christmas. It is a timeless classic beginning with “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me – a partridge in a pear tree.” It is such a fun song to sing and even more fun to use as inspiration for Christmas decorations.
Which brings me to my most recent Christmas printable decoration – the 12 Days of Christmas garland. This garland is touches traditional Christmas themes that will bring a touch of nostalgia to your Christmas decor.
12 Days of Christmas Garland DIY
This DIY garland is absolutely beautiful in a watercolor technique. Each day has a number with the item painted in watercolor from the song. For example, two turtle doves has a number 2 and then doves in the picture. The whole set creates a beautiful garland for your home.
If you love this song and/or watercolor then you will enjoy hanging this garland in your home. Now let's get started making your 12 Days of Christmas carol garland.
What Materials Do I Need?
- 12 Days of Christmas printable
- Cardstock: Use a white cardstock if printing from home or a 80 lb paper at a print shop.
- Scissors: A reliable pair of scissors will be your crafting companion for precise and clean cuts.
- Twine, Ribbon, Yarn, or String: Select your preferred string-like material to hang the garland. I used a gold piece of leather in the photos.
- Tape: Secure your masterpiece in place with a bit of tape magic.
If you do not have a printable you can send them to a print shop like Fedex copy, UPS stores, and Office Depot.
Step 1: Precise Cutting
Carefully cut around the 12 Days of Christmas frames, leaving a small white border outside the frame and along the folding piece at the top.
Step 2: String Setup
Position the string at the desired hanging point for your garland and trim the string to match that length, adding a few inches on each end for flexibility.
Step 3: Layout Arrangement
Lay the string flat on a surface and arrange all 12 Days of Christmas pieces in sequential order beneath the string. This step allows you to visualize the overall design.
Step 4: Secure Folding
Fold the folding piece under, ensuring the string is enclosed, and secure the folding piece behind the design using tape. This creates a clean and seamless look.
Step 5: Hang and Adjust
Hang your garland and adjust the designs along the string for even distribution. This is where you bring your creation to life!
What are Decorating Ideas with 12 Days of Christmas Garland?
1. Wall Wonderland
Hang your garland on a wall to transform it into a festive focal point that spreads holiday joy. We have hooks in our kitchen sitting area so it is easy to hang garland on the wall but if you do not have hooks you can use command hooks.
2. Christmas Tree Trimmings
This looks particulary pretty on a tree filled with ornaments.
3. Christmas Mantel Magic
Drape the garland on your fireplace mantel to create a cozy and warm holiday ambiance.
Garland looks so pretty on mantels! This location in my home gives it better visibility than almost anywhere else. You can hang your 12 Days of Christmas garland under a greenery garland or simply between the stockings on the mantel.
4. Furniture Highlight
Enhance your any piece of furniture such as a hutch, china cabinets, or footboard on a bed with the festive garland, turning it into a delightful holiday showcase. My hutch was to small for this garland but if you have a wider hutch this garland will look so pretty.
Final Thoughts on the 12 Days of Christmas Garland
I hope you enjoyed this fun craft project. It's perfect if you enjoy homemade decorations but could use a little help getting started.
As you explore the many ways to decorate with your personalized 12 Days of Christmas garland, revel in the joy of crafting and the festive spirit it brings to your home. Embrace the season's creativity and make this garland a cherished part of your holiday traditions.
Where would you hang the 12 Days of Christmas garland? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Looking for more Christmas decor inspiration? Check out these posts:
- Crafting Charming Advent Calendar Printable Stockings
- Easy Upcycled DIY Life Size Nutcracker
- Crafting Magic: How to Make Clay Mushrooms
- Crack Open Cheer: Christmas Decorating Ideas with Nutcrackers
- Crafting Christmas Cheer with Paper: Printables for a Festive Season