homemade garlands

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We have an artificial tree. It is a great tree! But when it comes to garlands - I love them fresh. They are the simplest things ever to make. All you need is some fresh cut pine and cedar boughs, and an fake wire garland. You can a 6 foot strand at Walmart for under $5. As for the greenery, you will have to scout out a location from which you can trim. Fortunately for me my parents house backs onto a beautiful forest.
Once you have your supplies, you can assemble your garland. Just hang the fake strand where you would like it (mantles, over doorways, on the banister) and attach the boughs one at a time to the garland by wrapping the wire around the stems. Start at the bottom and work up to the top, covering the cut ends as you go. When it is as full as you would like it to be - you're done! You can either leave it as is or add berries, or bows, or whatever else you would like. They look fantastic, they smell even better and they are a fast, cheap, and easy way to add an elegant touch to your Christmas holiday decorating. 
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