How To: Snowflake Garland

2 Dec

This year, I bought my first real Christmas tree.

Well, it’s fake, but real in the sense that it’s taller than me. And takes up significant space in my living room rather than a corner of a hallway table.

My Christmas Tree

I won’t be getting a knock on the door from the Rockefeller Center people anytime soon, but I like it. It’s charming. It’s sparkly. And is there anything better than a room aglow with a Christmas tree?

But see that wall behind the tree? During the rest of the year, there’s a bookcase there with some ever-revolving art propped up to fill the space. The wall feels complete.

But when I moved the bookcase and set up the tree, the wall felt empty. I needed something to pull it all together.

Let’s take a closer look.


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Hmm…a wall to fill…at Christmas time…

Snowflake garland!

I’ve always loved the whimsical look of paper art, especially during the holidays. There’s just something about mixing a little homespun crafting into holiday decor that feels right.

So, I went back to kindergarten a bit. Except this time I used real scissors and I wasn’t wearing saddle shoes (although that would have been awesome.)

Snowflake supplies

Snowflake Garland Supplies

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I used coffee filters to make about 45 snowflakes. If you haven’t done this before, it’s really easy. Here’s a tutorial, but basically, fold your coffee filter in half. Then fold it again. And again. Then snip little shapes out of the sides of your triangle. Do whatever you like, as long as you keep the triangle intact.

Unfold the coffee filter and you’ll have a snowflake, straight up Buddy the Elf style.

You can stop there and use the snowflakes to decorate Christmas gifts.


You've heard of the Rachel Ray garbage bowl? This is the Every Day Pretty craft scraps bowl.

If you want to make the garland, grab some ribbon. I used gold curling ribbon that I had on hand. I liked it because it added a little sparkle to the garland.

Measure the length of your wall and cut the ribbon accordingly.


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Cut several thin strips of tape and carefully tape your snowflakes to the ribbon. You can play with the spacing – I kept stepping back to see how I wanted to position the “snowflakes.” Snowflakes Pin It

Once you’ve got your snowflakes attached to the ribbon, use a slightly larger piece of tape to affix the top of the ribbon to the top of your wall. (You could do this more permantly with a nail or even a Command strip, but the tape has held up for almost a week so it worked for me.)

Repeat until you have enough garland to cover your wall.

Snowflakes Wall

Snowflaskes Wall 2

Snowflakes Wall 3

Snowflakes Wall 4

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I like the way it turned out. Now I just need to add some wrapped gifts under that tree (working on it) and it will feel complete.

Don’t have a wall to cover? Try a mini-version with cupcake liner snowflakes in a doorway!

Have you reverted to kindergarten crafts lately? How’s your Christmas decor coming along? Share in the comments!

6 Responses to “How To: Snowflake Garland”

  1. Linda December 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Looks beautiful. Good job!

  2. Julia @ Hooked on Houses December 9, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    What a fun project! My daughter would love this. She made a small snowflake garland for our mantel a few years ago and it got mangled in the storage boxes. Maybe she’d like to give this a try. Thanks! 🙂

    • Katie December 9, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      She should definitely try it. It’s so easy!


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