DIY Christmas Garland ~ With Natural Sweetgum Balls


I love the look of rustic Christmas decor.  Something about the earthy browns mixed with the reds and greens that give our home a cozy feel.  I love placing cinnamon sticks and cloves around the house and creating a comforting place to curl up next to the Christmas tree with a hot cup of coffee.  Last year, I added a DIY Christmas Garland to our fireplace and it was a perfect compliment to our cozy Christmas decor.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from sweetgum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.

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When we purchased our house, I LOVED the large sweetgum trees in our front yard.  My mind went crazy with fun decorating ideas and crafts.  Well, the downside is that sweetgum trees are much messier than this crafter can keep up with.   But when I do get a chance to play, I always love the end result.  This DIY Christmas garland did not disappoint.

Supplies for DIY Christmas Garland

  • Sweetgum balls (If you don’t have a tree in your yard, grab some here)
  • Burlap Ribbon (or any ribbon that will work with your decor)
  • Inexpensive Christmas ornaments
  • Twine
  • String
  • Gold Acrylic Paint
  • White Spray Paint

How to create DIY Christmas Garland

I started by letting the kiddos round up buckets of gumballs.  This is a win-win because they think the little pokey balls are fun, and Hubby doesn’t have to deal with them.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.Once you have a fair amount of sweetgum balls, give them a good coat or two with white spray paint.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.They really are pretty cool looking.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.After the spray paint drys, grab some gold acrylic paint.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.I originally tried brushing the paint onto the tips with paint brushes, but I found dipping them worked just as well and was much faster.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.Next, I used the string to tie the gumballs, burlap, and inexpensive ornaments to a line of twine.  I even brushed the tips of the burlap with some gold paint, to help give them a shimmer.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.I hung the DIY Christmas garland in front of our fireplace.DIY Christmas Garland. Simple rustic and natural garland made from gum balls, inexpensive Christmas ornaments, and burlap.A simple new addition to our rustic Christmas decoration.

Kate-Signature2Susie's Sister Side NoteYou could do these in just about any color to match your decor!


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