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How to Make a Christmas Tree Garland :: Craft Tutorial

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Thank you so much for all the wonderful feedback about my “Let It Snow” Christmas Tree for the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge! If you missed the post last week, you can see all of the details here. Today, I am sharing the tutorial for making the Glittered Wood Letter Garland that I used on the tree. It is really easy and you can spell out anything your heart desires!


Here is what you will need from Michael’s:

3.25″ Wood Letters
White Craft Paint (Decoart Americana Snow White)
White Coarse Glitter – Crystal (Martha)
Glitter Glue (Martha)
Small Foam Brush
Small Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun + Hot Glue Sticks

Twine from The TomKat Studio Shop


Step One: Use a foam brush to paint the letters white including the sides. Allow to dry.


Step Two: Apply glitter glue to painted letter using a small paintbrush.


Step Three: Generously sprinkle glitter onto letter. Shake off access. Apply more glitter glue and glitter to any missed areas.


Step Four: Use hot glue gun to apply glue to the backside of each letter and attach to the string of twine (across the top). 


Pretty easy, right? Pretty + easy. 🙂


Let me know if you are going to make one and if you do, I would love for you to share it by tagging #tomkatstudio and #justaddmichaels!

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I will also be sharing the tutorial for making these photo ornaments soon! (Update: Here are the instructions for the photo ornaments!)

Stay tuned…




November 8, 2013

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  1. Tina says:

    Heading back to Michaels again today to see if they got the wood letters in yet…fingers crossed!

  2. Tina says:

    P.S. Ordering the TKS silver shimmer twine to use for my garland 🙂

  3. Definitely making two. One for Feliz Navidad and another for Merry Christmas 🙂 Thanks for the DIY

  4. Heidi says:

    Thank you so much Kim! Would a thin satin ribbon also work instead of twine?

    • Kim says:

      Hi Heidi! As long as it was super thin, I think it would. Thicker ribbon bunches and then the letters don’t hang right 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  5. Alessandra says:

    I love the Christmas Tree!!! It’s beautiful!!!
    Please make the tutorial to do my tree just like yours, please!!
    What I need to buy, first.

  6. colette says:

    such a beautiful tree! i love the snowflakes, the glitter and all the white. it’s so pretty. where did you get the icicle strand.

  7. Megan says:

    Our family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah – finally, I have the perfect garland for my tree! “Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas.” I’m planning to do it in alternating blue and silver sparkles. Thank you!

  8. Lucy says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial Kim….LOVE your tree.

  9. Susan Crabtree says:

    Love it Kim!

  10. Jeanne Zamutt says:

    Love that idea! Can use it to make Chanukah banner as well.

  11. I love this, Kim!! What a fantastic idea!! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I definitely want to try making one, this year!

  12. Michelle says:

    I live in California …but the michaels I went too..does not carry these.Do you the name of the wooden letters??

    • Kim says:

      Hi Michelle! Hmm…it sounds like only some stores have them. Here is the SKU for the Letter A if you want to call around: 886946294587

  13. Almeida says:

    Wow, the tree looks absolutely stunning! Well done 🙂

  14. Bridget says:

    Was the Pottery Barn travel tree your inspiration? Looks just like the Merry Christmas on that tree.

    • Kim says:

      I have a Pottery Barn Kids Easter banner in a similar font, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen that tree. Is it in this year’s catalog? If my tree looks like a Pottery Barn tree, that makes me happy!

  15. Cathy Portnall says:

    Your tree is beautiful as is everything you do! I cannot find the letters at Michaels either or online. I live in CA too. I did find some at JoAnn’s which I’ve used for other projects but I do like like font on the ones from Michaels. Any tips on finding them would be appreciated. Inspired by this to a Thanksgiving banner in fall colors with Martha’s glitter. Happy Holidays!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Cathy! A Thanksgiving version would be gorgeous! I am sorry you are having trouble finding the letters. If I find some, I will stock up and let you guys know!

  16. janet says:

    Yay, thank you for the tutorial. I may use my Silhouette to several of the same letters and layer them for thickness. (That way I have a wider choice of fonts). Brilliant idea and tutorial – many thanks again 🙂

  17. Michelle says:

    Ok, so I found the letters yay!!!!2 hrs away …
    Where did you get the icicle garland on the tree???

  18. Alex says:

    Kim this is awesome! I am having a difficult time finding the letters that you used in your project. Is there any possibility that you have the 12 digit UPC # that would have been listed on the item’s bar code or on your receipt next to the item’s description? I appreciate any help you can give me! Thanks so much!

  19. Emily says:

    Love the simplicity yet so stunning! I’ve been to Michaels, have to go to another location for some of the letters. And got the owl at a great discount…so cute. Is the bow at the top of the tree silver?

  20. Rose Angel says:

    Kim, I LOVE how the tree came out….so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  21. Lisa says:

    I am in love with this tree. I have decided to do a smaller version for our bedroom. I went to Michael’s and was able find most of the items. I am really looking forward to the tutorial on the photo ornaments! Hurry, hurry 😉

  22. Desiree says:

    Hi Kim I absolutely adore your christmas tree! I’m planning on doing the merry christmas garland unfortunately the michaels near me does not have the wood letters. Is it possible to place the SKUs for each letter so I can place an order? Their system isn’t compatible with placing orders without the SKU. I know it’s a hassle but great christmas tree I love it!

  23. lemondedis says:

    this is so pretty : i love it ! thanks a lot for sharing ! i posted the link here : http://www.pinterest.com/lemondedis2/christmas-diy/

  24. I love this idea, I will go to Michaels to get the stuff to make them for this years Christmas Tree. Thanks for sharing yours.

  25. Andrea says:

    Where in Michaels are those letters located?

    • Kim says:

      HI Andrea! They were in the same aisle with all of the wood letters. I’ve been told that not all the Michael’s stores are carrying this style. 🙁

  26. Kendall says:

    Any tips for attaching the garland to the tree? Yours looks so seamless, but I’m having troubles!

  27. Sarah Filion says:

    Making this right now:)

  28. Alicia says:

    Hi… Wanted you to know you inspired me to recreate the “Let It Snow” themed tree. I added a few different elements… Bird houses, drift wood tress, etc. Also, I made the glittered frame ornaments and wood letter “Merry Christmas” garland. I’m in love with how it turned out! Please visit my Facebook page, Sweet Ava Kate to see pictures. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!
    Merry Christmas!

  29. Victoria Atkinson says:

    Hi can you tell me what the font is for the merry Christmas garland?


  30. Dawn says:

    Hi! How long do I need to make the twine length for each piece?

  31. Laura Maria says:

    Love the Letters
    Please Tell me…where can i get Thema
    Hugs, Laura

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