If you want to incorporate garland into your Christmas décor, there are plenty of low-cost and easy DIY ways to go about it. I am going to show you the way that I make sure the faux evergreen garlands I use look as full and lush as possible.
I enjoy decorating the exterior of my house for Christmas more than I do the inside. Something about coming home in the evening to see the festive lights and swaged garlands greeting me, just makes me smile.
Christmas garlands draped over doors and porch railings tie all the festive holiday touches together.
If you want to incorporate garland into your Christmas décor, there are plenty of low-cost and easy DIY ways to go about it. When I used to work for Macy’s as a visual merchandiser, I remember they would hold a visual sale to clean out the prop rooms. I could get a big Christmas garland for over my front door for $5.00, wreaths for the windows were just a few dollars.
They would be full and fluffy and were not your average run of the mill decorations. Even if you don’t work at a department store, you can always ask friends and family if they happen to. Or, you can call up the stores directly and speak to the visual manager.
How to Make Full & Lush Christmas Garlands
If you can’t get your hands on decorative Christmas garland worthy of a Macy’s display, I have a few easy DIY tips for creating your own so you can add your own touch.
1. Beef up Skinny 9′ Christmas Garlands Bought at Craft Stores
The garlands that are sold at craft stores can be easily spruced up by wiring a few together to create one thick one.
Add a few different types of garland, (some with pinecones attached, holly, or plain) together for a more natural look. Then – fluff, fluff, fluff. Three faux garlands will make one nice full fluffy one. Use florist wire to attach them.
Lay out all the garlands on the floor so they are stretched out. Bring one end of each garland in your hand and then secure them together with florist wire.
Twist the florist wire ends together to secure. Repeat on the other end. Along the center of the garland, take one small branch from each garland the use the florist wire to attach them.
You don’t want the wire going over all the garlands, just choose a few sprigs and places along the garland to attach so that you have one larger garland.
2. How-To Get Christmas Ornament Balls Perfectly Placed on Pine Wreaths and Garlands
Christmas garlands with a collection of 3 tied together large ornaments add a nice texture and color pop to otherwise wimpy garland.
- To tie 3 ornaments together to create more impact, remove ornament cap.
- Cut a 12″ length of heavy gauge wire and bend 2″ from one end into an L shape.
- Thread the bent end through cap and then into the ornament. Push cap back into place.
The bent end of the wire will keep the wire from coming out of the ornament. Use three different size ornaments for more interest. Twist the wires together and wrap with florist tape.
The heavy gauge wire lets you mold the ornaments exactly where you want and they will stay in place.
Pine Christmas Garlands With Lots of Ball Ornaments
More Christmas Decorating Ideas
Ok, now that you’ve beefed up your garland, what other Christmas decorating projects are on your list?