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Create a classic-looking garland by reusing some of your favourite leftover gift wrapping paper. This easy D.I.Y. project creates a unique and personalised decoration that will brighten your home. It’s also an environmentally-friendly Christmas decoration, constructed from recycled or spare material.

Tools and materials



1Compile your materials

Compile your products and set up your workstation. For this garland, we’re using leftover gift wrapping paper as the main material.
Compile your materials

2Cut the string to the desired length

Measure where you are planning to hang your garland with your tape measure and then mark the same distance on your string. Add a couple of extra centimetres to allow for a hanging loop and then cut the string to the desired length.
Cut the string to the desired length

3Cut out the shapes

Using scissors, cut out different shapes in your wrapping paper. Cut enough for the length of your string, with even spacing in between the shapes.
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Tip: We’ve gone for a specific colour scheme; a great styling tip is to use different colours, textures, shapes and sizes.
 Cut out the shapes

4Glue the cut-outs onto the string

Once you’ve finished cutting the shapes, place the cut-outs along your string line and glue them in place. Have fun with layering shapes and sizes, and then leave to dry overnight.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Alternatively, you could use a hole punch to punch a hole in either end of each shape and thread your twine through.
Glue the cut outs onto the string

5Place the garland in your desired location

Once the garland is dry, you can put it in your favourite spot – on the mantle, along your walls, or on the dining table as a centrepiece.
Place the garland in your desired location

6Are you ready to get started?

Explore our range of twine in preparation for your garland project.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.