DIY Fall Rag Garland Tutorial

Craft a charming fall rag garland with this easy DIY tutorial. Learn to design cozy autumn decor using simple materials. Embrace the season's warmth with this delightful garland project.

Fall Rag Garland Tutorial

Deck your home with festive autumn vibes with our Fall Rag Garland Tutorial. This delightful craft is not only easy to make but also promotes recycling and upcycling. Transform old fabrics into a stunning garland that captures the essence of the season.

Embrace the joy of DIY as you create a fun and eco-friendly decoration, perfect for celebrating the beauty of fall without breaking the bank. Let your creativity flow and craft a charming garland that will bring a warm and inviting ambiance to your space.

Want more fall decor ideas? Check out this list of for inspiration.

Supplies Needed

The best part of this project is that you likely already have everything needed already on hand.

How to Make a Fall Rag Garland

To make this garland, you will begin by cutting your ribbon into 8" lengths.

Do the same thing with the fabric strips making them 1" wide and 8" long. You will want to create anywhere from 50 to 100 strips total, depending upon your length preference for the garland.

Now, create a loop on one end of the twine, this will be for hanging the garland. Next to the knot of the loop, begin trying the strips of fabric onto the twine.

Go back and forth alternating colors and creating a pattern or making it random, just spreading color throughout.

When you are happy with the length of the garland, add the mini pumpkins, fall leaves, acorns, or pinecones as desired.

Hang on a mantle, doorway, or on stair banisters.

What is the Best Type of Fabric for a Fall-Themed Rag Garland? 

When it comes to creating a fall-themed garland, the best type of fabric to use is typically flannel or cotton. More importantly, however, is that you use what you already have on hand. That could be any number of fabrics or ribbons. Below are some thoughts on what to choose.

Consider using fabrics in rich shades of red, orange, yellow, brown, and green to capture the essence of the season and create a stunning fall-inspired decoration.

What Kind of String or Rope Should I Use for a Homemade Garland? 

For a homemade garland, it's best to use a durable string or rope that can support the weight of the materials used in the garland.

Twine or jute rope are popular choices as they have a natural and rustic look that complements many DIY projects, including fall-themed garlands. These materials are strong enough to easily hold the fabric strips without snapping or fraying.

Another option is to use a thin ribbon or yarn, which can add a softer touch to the garland. However, be sure to select a ribbon or yarn that is strong enough to withstand the weight of the fabric strips.

Can I Incorporate Fall Elements Like Leaves or Pumpkins? 

Of course. You can enhance your DIY rag garland by incorporating delightful autumn elements such as leaves and pumpkins. Adding faux or dried leaves to the garland will infuse it with the season's colors. The vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, create a visually appealing and festive touch. You can intersperse the fabric strips with these leaves or even attach them sporadically along the length of the garland.

Also, adding small fabric pumpkins or pumpkin-shaped cutouts will further add to the fall theme, adding a charming and playful element to the garland. 

By combining fabric strips, leaves, and pumpkins in your homemade garland, you'll craft a captivating decoration that celebrates the beauty of fall and brings warmth and joy to your space.

How Should I Hang a Homemade Garland? 

Hanging a homemade garland can be done in several ways, depending on your preferences and the location where you want to display it. Here are some popular methods:

Tips for Storing a Homemade Garland for Future Use

Storing a homemade garland properly is essential to ensure its longevity and preserve its appearance for future use. Here are some helpful tips for storing your DIY fall-themed rag garland:

Label the storage box with its contents to quickly find the garland when you need it again. This will save you time and effort in the future.

More Fall Craft Ideas

Need the inspiration to fill out your home with gorgeous fall and autumn-themed decor? Check out some of our favorite projects below and use them to inspire your own crafting sessions.