Wood Slice Garland: Make Your Own

A couple days ago I shared a few winter decorating details in my family room. One of those details is a wood slice garland that I made. It was an exciting project for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever used a cordless drill to make something. Don’t laugh. It’s true. I’m not much of a tool person, leaving those projects to my hubby. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and ended up feeling silly because it was so easy! (This post contains affiliate links.)

How to Make a Wood Slice Garland


I hadn’t planned make a wood slice garland. Hubby and I were in the craft store; I saw a bag of wood slices and thought they’d make a cute, earthy garland. And I wanted something to drape over my ceiling tin.

How to Make a Wood Slice Garland


Two bags of various-sized wood slices were used for this project, along with some twine. The big wood block acts as a base for the drilling.

Supplies for Making a Wood Slice Garland


Place the wood slice on the large block and drill a hole in the center of the slice. I noticed that the wood slices are softest at the center of the knot in the wood. I drilled my holes there instead of the exact middle of the slice.

Drilling Holes for a Wood Slice Garland


The hardest part of drilling was holding the drill. It gets heavy when you have this many slices.

Drilled Wood Slices for an Earthy Garland


Grab your twine and thread it through the hole. This is easier to do if you wrap a piece of tape around the end of the twine to keep it from fraying.

How to Make a Wood Slice Garland


Alternate large and small wood slices to create visual interest.

How to Make a Wood Slice Garland


When you’re done threading the wood slices on the twine, create a loop at the ends for hanging and secure with knots. I hung mine with my favorite greenery garland. I love the silvery leaves; they create the perfect complement to the rustic wood slices.

Wood Slice Garland. Make Your Own in Less than an Hour.


On the vertical piece of the garland, I tied knots under each set of wood slices to keep them in place.

Wood Slice Garland. Make Your Own in Less than an Hour.


It took less than an hour to make the wood slice garland.

Wood Slice Garland. Make Your Own in Less than an Hour.

I’d love to know if you decide to make your own wood slice garland. Let me know if you give it a try! And don’t be afraid of the power drill like I was. It’s so easy to use.


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  1. Love it. I live where I can make my own wood slices and think I’ll do just that! Thanks for the idea and how-to.

  2. I would love to make wood garland, but I think the silvery green of the leaf garland sets it off. Where did you get the garland?

  3. Love the wood slice garland and will make it. Where did you get the silvery green garland? It is a perfect combo.

  4. I love it and not too hard for this sr. citizen. I bet that drill did get a little heavy, thank you.

  5. Jennifer,
    I L O V E this DIY wood slice garland!
    Just shared your post with my “Mr. Ed” as a possible garland for our white Primitive Cabinet!
    Thank you for sharing!