The Christmas Garland is one of the key elements of many of our festive home décor displays. In many ways, they are the perfect Christmas decoration as they are so versatile.
The hugely talented Raji Gill at Blooming Boutique gives us a beginner’s course in creating your own garland.
Over to Raji …!
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Where to put a Christmas Garland
Ideal for every shape and size of home, a Christmas Garland can be used in a near endless list of ways and tailored completely to personal preference and style.
- Around a doorway – perhaps an alternative or an addition to a wreath.
- Up a staircase – this is a beautiful way to add a decorative touch to your entrance hall. They can be placed in many different styles. For example, swags up the length of your staircase, attached to the banister itself or placed on the edges of the steps.
- Mantle piece – spread the garland across the top. Alternatively arrange it in a swag style, with beautiful festive ornaments or candles placed along the top.
- Centre of a table – they look stunning with candle votives spread either side.
Garlands are versatile enough to use in so many other ways as well. Why not lay one along a console table or shelf?
Festive Garland DIY Shopping List
If you’re feeling creative and would like to make your own festive garland, you will need the following items:
- Some rope / twine, such as this natural garden twine.
- Florist wire. This 28 gauge wire is ideal.
- A glue gun such as this one. Whilst not essential this will make things considerably easier.
- Foliage (greenery / leaves) – see below.
Foliage (greenery/ leaves)
You can purchase foliage at your local florist. Nobilis and blue pine are the most common bases for garlands. However, you may also decide to go foraging* for your own.
You need not go far, as quite often you can find suitable foliage in your own garden. There are many wonderful options commonly found across the UK such as berried hedera, firethorn bush, conifers, thuja, leylandii, pine tree. It is really effective to mix different foliage to create a beautiful textured look.
*Whilst a few cuttings of fir, a small sprig of holly and a few pine cones from your local park should be absolutely fine to take home, please do remember to always ensure you follow the guidelines of the land owner when foraging. No plant or other living thing should be uprooted and you may need the explicit permission of the land owner before taking anything.
How to create Your Christmas Garland
Now it’s time to get creative! The method below is a simple guide for beginners wanting to try their hand at a bit of festive garland making.
- Cut the branches according to how thick or compact you would like to make your garland. If you want to go looser and flowing, keep the branches longer.
- Cut the rope longer than the length of garland you’d like to make so you have some rope left to secure the garland in position. If you’re planning on making a fairly thick garland for a staircase, they can become quite heavy in which case it is better to use a thicker rope or double it up for more support.
- Now to attach the foliage to the rope. Hold the branches against the rope. If you’re wanting to create a very dense garland, then take a good amount of foliage accordingly. Wrap the florist wire tightly around the branches to secure them to the rope. Continue wrapping the wire half way up the length of each branch for additional support. Don’t worry; the wire is thin and won’t be visible. That said, you don’t need to use too much wire; just enough so the foliage feels secure and the garland isn’t too flimsy. Don’t cut your wire between placing the foliage bunches on the rope but just move along to the next bunch. Keep repeating this until you finish the length of your rope.
Decorating and embellishing your garland
Not an essential step but often the best part of the whole thing! If you have a theme for Christmas or a colour scheme, it would be lovely to introduce this in your garland. You can use baubles, pinecones, dried fruit such as oranges & apples, cinnamon sticks, battery-operated fairy lights, snow spray, ribbon or even pearls or diamante. These can be attached with wire to your garland or a glue gun.
Another tip we would recommend is adding some colour to your branches. Spray painting a few of your pieces of foliage in metallic shades can give a really sparkly festive touch. Purchase flower & foliage spray paints such as these and use on items such as dry winter hydrangea, berries or foliage.
That is all there is to it! You now have a beautiful festive DIY garland. To attach your garland to a staircase I would suggest using cable ties. If you are placing it around a doorway, a nail in both corners is most secure. For a fireplace or shelf, you can simply lay it along.
Now sit back and enjoy your beautiful festive creation!
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