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How To Make Holiday Garland Like A Pro

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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.

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 bought my ribbon and all of these cute ornaments at Big Lots. I adore their holiday decor.  I had the hardest time choosing what theme and color scheme to go with because they had such a great selection. I ended up going with this rustic woodland theme, but they had a gorgeous silver and white display full of sparkles and fur that almost swayed me.

I also scored a pair of pine tree topiaries to decorate the front porch with. They were just the right size and pre-lit and such a great price. I can't wait to put them up!

Anyway, back to business. 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 from Big Lots, 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!

Jennifer V.
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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?

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

    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?

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

  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.

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

  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?

    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.

  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.

    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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