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How To Make Holiday Garland Like A Pro


Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a gorgeous, professional-looking Christmas garland to decorate your home for the holidays this year.

Garland is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas. A pretty garland on the fireplace mantel is such a classic look. Today I'm going to show you how to create beautiful holiday garland. I'll teach you all the tips and tricks to making it look professional and expensive and awesome.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a gorgeous, professional-looking Christmas garland to decorate your home for the holidays this year.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial for creating knock-out Christmas garland:

1. Double up the greenery. Most pine garlands are too thin to look expensive. It's a simple fix... just wind two or three together for a luxe look and spend plenty of time fluffing out all of the branches.

2. Add lights. String them on thick and try to tuck the wires into the branches as much as possible. If your garland came with lights, you still might want to add more so it's extra bright and twinkly at night.

3. Add ribbon. The trick to getting ribbon to look great on a garland is to use florist wire. Prep your ribbon by twisting an eight inch piece of wire around the ribbon every 12 inches.


Then use the florist wire to attach the ribbon to the greenery. See how it makes the ribbon poof? So pretty!


4. Add a second, contrasting ribbon. Since I used a wide printed ribbon, I chose a transparent solid ribbon as my second. I love transparent ribbon on garland because it catches the lights and makes things sparkle at night.




5. Add details. This is the fun part! Now you add all of the cute ornaments, floral picks and other accessories that take your garland to the next level and really make it special. 


I already had the greenery, but I bought the ribbon and all of the cute ornaments and floral picks at Big Lots. They have awesome Christmas decorations in a variety of styles... and good prices too!


Here's how the finished mantel looks:


And another little close up. The antler garland is my favorite.


I'll share another holiday decorating tip with you. That amazing wreath is actually two wreaths layered together!


I loved the look of this rustic wood wreath, but it was a little small for my space, so I wired it on top of a plain pine wreath. It makes it into so much more of a show piece and I love the look of the two together.



Don't you just love that buffalo check ribbon? I'm mad for plaid again this year. It's just so cozy!


I also found this awesome cone tree at Big Lots. I love the French script burlap fabric and even though I know how to make these, sometimes you just gotta give in and buy it instead.


I love how the mantel turned out (this is my mom's house, by the way). It's just what I had hoped for.

Don't miss my Christmas Home Tour for more holiday decorating inspiration!


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  1. Your mantel is so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial on making the garland mantel. I am wanting to do the buffalo check/lodge look this year too. Where did you find the check ribbon?

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  2. Love it, how can I make it work for me I have a flat screen tv over my fireplace

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    1. If the TV is wall-mounted, just put the garland underneath it. If the TV is sitting on the actual mantel, try doing two separate shorter pieces of garland on either side of the TV?

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  3. Great tutorial on making the garland. You have creativity.

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  4. Wow thanks for sharing your creativity. I don't have that talent but I've learned that I can duplicate what I see. Yours is so great. Thanks again.

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    1. Being able to duplicate what you see is a talent all on its own. <3

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  5. The mantle looks great! I love the look of garland but have not has success with it in the past. Where did you get the garland?

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    1. I bought the actual greenery at a thrift store, but they sell this type of pine garland at almost every store that sells Christmas decorations.

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  6. I always wondered how to get my garland to look like that! It will adorn my fireplace this Christmas.
    I have a question though and would appreciate any ideas. I decorate my outdoor flower boxes under the windows. I live in a cold and snowy state and wondered if you have any tips about putting garland outside or if you know of any waterproof type ribbon?
    Thanks much.

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    1. You could try DecoMesh and they also sell outdoor ribbon. Google it so you know what to look for in-store. I love the idea of putting garland outside. It would look so pretty!

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  7. This is gorgeous! You got the antler garland at Big Lots, too?

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    1. Yes, but it was last year (2016). I haven't checked to see if they are stocking them again this year.

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    2. I've seen Michael's have antler stuff this yr. In both the floral and Xmas depts

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  8. Jennifer, I love your fireplace and décor! We are trying to build a new mantel/surround. Is your fireplace gas or electric? Is that painted wood between the opening of the insert and the tile? I want to copy the whole look. :) Thanks!

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    1. Hey Lisa! This is actually my parents fireplace. My husband built the surround for them. The fireplace is gas and the black trim around it is part of the metal fireplace insert. Then there is black granite tile surround and the mantel is made of oak with a cherry stain. Hope that helps!

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  9. It does. Thanks, Jennifer. :)

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  10. How did you attach the Garland to the mantel? So beautiful

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    1. The garland is just sitting on top of the mantel. But if that won't work for you, I've used Command Strips before and they work great!

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  11. Is the garland the wirey kind where you can manipulate the different branches?

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    1. Thank you so much for the quick reply. I am already on my way to making great holiday looking garland. Thank you for this tutorial!

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  12. Did you use the florist's wire on the contrasting ribbon? How long was the ribbon?

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    1. Yes, I used it on both ribbons. When using a thinner ribbon, it looks better to space the wire closer together.

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