Truth is that I intended to post this before the holidays, but I was having way too much fun with my family. So it’s a wee bit late, but the good news is that it is a great project for any celebration. And it just might be the easiest project in all of the land. We make it year after year, it never gets old, and we always have a good time making it.

Right before the holiday season, I order a bazillion felt balls, shove them in basic glass jars from IKEA and start singing Jingle Bells at the top of my lungs. Ah, if only this blog post were sponsored it could pay for my kids’ therapy they’ll need from having to hear me sing. Kidding. They could care less how poorly I sing. So we string garland together and sing Christmas carols off-key. We use our happy-infused garland all over our home, give it to our friends and wrap it around presents. This year, we used it on a tiny tree in our kids’ room.

Random happy garland fact:
You don’t have to tie any knots! The felt balls are dense, so they just sit on the twine wherever you string them. May not seem like a huge deal, but it is.

Supplies needed:
Baker’s twine
Rainbow felt balls

Step 1: Thread needle. Step 2: String. See—it’s that easy! We tend to always do multi-colored strands, but a monochromatic garland would also be beautiful.

Need some New Year’s cards to go with your garland? Browse through my 2017 holiday card collection. Or check out this holiday party for more festive celebration ideas.

Photography by Rebecca Sanabria, who I hope to see a whole lot of in 2018.