The DIY, No Sew, Use What You Have, Knotted Christmas Tree Garland

I’ve been pretty lackadaisical about getting our Christmas decorations up this year.  We normally decorate for the holidays over Thanksgiving weekend, but because I was working on stenciling our bathroom, it didn’t get done.  Our weekends since then have been jammed with soccer practice, visiting Santa and trips to Home Depot, so the decorations got pushed to the back burner.

Much to Zack and Emma’s delight, we brought home a tree this weekend.  It’s lovely and tall and full – and it needed more than just white lights and our collection of favorite ornaments.  I didn’t want to buy anything new to add to the tree, so I dug around in my craft room until I came up with an idea.  I gathered some burlap in natural and white, along with some bleached and unbleached muslin, and created a DIY, no sew, use what I had, knotted Christmas tree garland.

The garland could not have been more simple to put together.  I began by tearing my fabric into strips about 6 inches wide and ranging in length from a yard to 3 yards or so.  I alternated the fabrics in a random pattern and joined them by tying simple knots.

I really love the way the different textured fabrics look when they are joined together.  I also had some beige tulle in my craft room, so I tied some of it into the garland to add a bit of shimmer and even more texture.  I think it’s a nice contrast with the rough burlap.

If you still haven’t put your tree up or think it needs a little something extra, raid your fabric stash and see what you can come up with.  You, too, could have a no sew, use what you have Christmas tree garland.

Also joining The Nester and The Shabby Creek Cottage in their Holiday Tour of Homes.

Filed Under: Create Your Decor

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. This is such a wonderful idea. I wanted an more natural and textured tree this year and I have ended up with store bought things I am not happy with. I am definitely keeping this in my inspiration folder. Your tree is lovely!!

  2. That’s a fantabulous idea! I so love how life is all vintagy so you can rip stuff apart and it totally look amazin’! Isn’t that great?

  3. nice detail shots!

  4. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  5. Love your creativity!

    Blessings, Grace

  6. Lily in Hong Kong says:

    Gorgeous and stunning tree

  7. Everything looks great. I love the Christmas tree.

    Great blog!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Linda Weeks says:

    You did a wonderful job! What a lovely home you have, too. I think you definitely have great creativity going on!! Merry Christmas!

  9. I love your garland! I looked all over town for burlap wired ribbon and here was a solution all along. I ended up buying a wire mesh ribbon that somewhat resembles burlap. Beautiful job on your tree.