Upcycle Trimmed Tree Branches for DIY Christmas Garland

Christmas Garland

I’m so excited because this year we are able to have a real Christmas tree. In the past, when we lived in our downtown condo, we weren’t allowed to have real trees, but there is no such rule in our new house.

After we bought our tree and got it home, my husband had to trim some of the branches along the bottom of the tree so that it could fit into its stand. He saved the branches for me, knowing that I’d probably want to find some sort of use for them, he knows me well. He’s a good guy!


DIY Holiday Garland

You can find these clippings at stores for $15 to $20, but if you’re like us, and have a real tree, why not make use of what would be garbage anyway.
This Christmas garland took me about 15 minutes to make and it was a lot of fun. You may remember this post, where I shared a ‘How-To’ on creating starfish tree ornaments. As it turned out, these ornaments didn’t make it on the tree so I was excited to get to use them in my garland.

Here are the quick and easy steps to creating your own garland. Mine is beach themed but you can add any decorations and small touches to yours to make it fit in with your colour scheme.


  • Tree trimmings (ours are from a Douglas Fir tree)
  • Pruning clippers
  • Ribbon in your colour of choice
  • Twine or string
  • Straight pins (I used pins with pearly tops for added decoration)
  • Scissors
  • Themed or coloured ornaments
  • Ornament hooks


  1. Gather your trimmings and sort through them to find ones similar in size
  2. Lay half of the branches in one direction, and the other half in the other direction with their ends overlapping
  3. Use the twine to wrap around the centre where the branches meet. Tie tightly in a knot. Tie two of three more along the centre
  4. Cut two ribbon pieces to make loops for the bow. Using straight pins, pin into place
  5. Cut two longer ribbon pieces for the ends of the bow. Pin these into place as well
  6. Using ornament hooks, hang your ornaments and/or other decorations throughout the greenery

We don’t have a traditional mantel this year so I placed our garland on top of a long shelf above our TV.TIP: I lined it with tin foil so that the sap leaking from the cut branches would not stain the shelving.


If you find yourself with some leftover trimmings, I hope that I have inspired you to make good use of them!

Happy holidays!

City Mom