It’s Friday again…if you have been reading the last two weeks you know that the countdown to Christmas continues.
5 other bloggers and I are sharing something “Christmasy” every Friday to inspire you to get a head start on all things Christmas in hopes that you will be prepared and be able to enjoy the holidays instead of feeling frazzled. To follow along check #CountdownToChristmas
Last week when I was perusing the aisles at Michaels, I came upon not one, but two types of garland ties which are used to tie Christmas garlands on staircase banisters, lights, and more. The larger ones in the photo above are called Garland Ties. They were in the ornament aisle. The smaller ones are sold where the miniature Christmas Village items are sold. Their packaging only says “Canadian Pine”.
When it comes to decorating my house for the holidays, I prefer to embellish what is already in each room, instead of removing it to place “Christmas-only type” decorations. When I saw the garland ties, I knew they would allow me to simply embellish items for the holidays instantly…and for the cost of only a few dollars.
Here are a few ways I will be using them this year.
No. 1 Gift Wrap
Twist two ties together to make it long enough to wrap around a gift box. Twist the excess to secure. Cut ends with wire cutters or fan out to look like leaves. Wire on a trio of jingle bells and a name tag for a simple but festive holiday wrap. I used 6 ties for this package and used the excess to make idea No. 2 below.
No. 2 Invisible Tree Ornament Hooks
Cut the ties into 3-1/2″ sections to make invisible ornament hooks. Simply bend each into the standard ornament hook shape.
Twist one end on the ornament…
…and the other end over a tree branch. No unsightly wire showing :-)
No. 3 Table Setting
Tie and twist the ends of one around a place setting of silverware. I snipped off berries from an old wreath and hot glued them to the center of the twisted tie.
No. 4 Holiday Candle
This is my favorite way I have found to use the ties so far as Christmas decorations. I wrapped one around a glass candleholder and twisted the ends to secure. I snipped the excess off with wire cutters. I used florist wire to attach the silver ornaments.
No. 5 Make a Gift Jar Purse Using a Mason Jar
Tie around a glittered Mason jar to create a cute way to give your girlfriends a gift this year. Click here for the tutorial on how to make it: Mason Jar Gift Bag Purse
No. 6 Tie Garlands to a Banister
This was what the ties were made to do. They work perfectly to tie a garland onto a stairway banister.
These inexpensive sticks of fake greenery can be repurposed to instantly embellish just about anything… can you think of more ways to use them around your home for the holiday season?
To see what the other bloggers taking part in Countdown to Christmas have created this week, click the links below.