I wanted to go unconventional for my mantle this year. We pained the fireplace wall a beautiful teal last year and my traditional green and red decor just wasn’t working with it. So this year I decided to go with the Caribbean blue and add in some bright pinks and glittery golds. To bring it all together I wanted a vibrant garland. I found a cool one at Pottery Barn Kids but the color wasn’t quite what I wanted so I thought how hard can it be to make my own? The answer is not hard at all, so here is my Pottery Barn-inspired felt garland.
You can make felt garlands in whatever colors you choose, these don’t have to be Christmas colors. I just chose what worked with my color scheme. And these are super cute year-round! All you need is:
- Felt strips. I bought sheets of felt at my local craft store, and cut them into strips that were 1 inch X 5 inches.
- Sharp craft scissors
- a heavy-duty thread, I used baker’s twine
- a tapestry needle. I tried using regular needles and broke two of them before buying a more heavy-duty tapestry needle. A set of four were only $3.
This felt garland is super easy to make, it just takes a bit of time. I made this project over a few days, but it probably took me about 45 minutes to an hour total. Grab a glass of wine, turn on your favorite show (This Is Us, am I right??) and get threading.
Take each piece of felt and fold it in half in the center. Then push the thread through the fold.
And repeat ad nauseam! You can just thread each piece of felt right in the middle without folding it, I just liked the way it looked folded, it adds more texture to your garland once its done. Keep going until your garland is as long as you like.
I wanted my garland to hang on my mantle, doesn’t it look lovely? It’s a little out there if you’re a traditionalist, but my kids were so excited about this year’s mantle and I love trying new trends and ideas. Who knows what it will look like next year!
I’m super please with how it turned out, I think it adds a nice pop of color to my Christmas mantel display. I’ll admit hanging it was a bit of a pain, I love my mantle and under no circumstances was I going to put a pin in it to hold up the garland. I actually used scotch tape on either side and in the middle to hold it up. You can fluff out the felt pieces over the tape so you can’t see it at all.
My daughter loves the colors and style and asked if she can have it in her room after Christmas is over. Of course!
I hope you enjoyed my Pottery-Barn inspired felt garland tutorial. If you have any questions please leave me a comment below!