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This modern garland is the perfect neutral décor item. Keep it up all year long! (Image: Kate Sigafoos / Seattle Refined)

Do-It-Yourself: Chestnut garland

Make this modern garland with just a few simple materials. It is modern and neutral enough to keep up all year long!

Garland is the duct tape of home décor. With just a little bit, you can fix almost any decorating issue that might arise. Boring mantle? Slap up some garland. Party table a tad lackluster? Run a garland down the middle. Room looking exactly like page 27 of the Ikea catalog? Drape garland over the entryway to inject a touch of your own personality.

This chestnut and leather garland is a great basic garland to create for year-round home décor use. With a couple of easy to find materials and a little bit of time, you can create a clean, modern garland that you can leave up all year long.


  • Plastic fishing line
  • Fresh chestnuts. Most Asian grocery stores carry fresh chestnuts in bulk. Uwajimaya has them for around $6 a pound.
  • Leather string
  • Thin nail
  • Hammer
  • Large plastic needle
  • Scissors
  • Oven or food dehydrator

How To

1.With your hammer and nail, poke a hole straight through the center of each chestnut. Some chestnuts are so soft that you can push the nail in with your fingers. Others will require a hammer tap to get the nail through.

2.After you have the initial hole, stick the plastic needle in the hole and pull it out the other side. You want the hole to be large and clear before you dry the nuts.

3.Dry your chestnuts. If you have a food dehydrator, set it to a low end setting and leave on for 3+ days. If you don't have a food dehydrator, set your oven to the absolute lowest setting you can find and dry chestnuts on a baking sheet in the oven for 5+ hours. The longer you can keep them in the oven the shorter your final drying time will be. Remove chestnuts from the oven and continue to let them air dry for 3-7 days. The chestnuts will be rock hard when they are fully dry.

4.Once your chestnuts are dry and cool, string them on the fishing line using the plastic needle.

5.Cut your leather string into 4 inch pieces. You will need one piece for every chestnut you are using plus one extra piece.

6.Beginning at one end of the garland, tie a piece of leather string between every chestnut.

7.Knot off your fishing line at either end. The easiest way to do this so the knot remains secure is to tie it through with the leather strip on each end.

Check out the gallery for pictures showing how create a chestnut garland of your own.