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. Christmas garland is something you can definitely DIY, so let’s do this!!
And here are the step-by-step written instructions for creating stunning, expensive-looking DIY Christmas garland.
How To Decorate Christmas Garland
- Double up the greenery
- Add lights.
- Add ribbon.
- Add a second contrasting ribbon.
- Add details and embellishments.
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. It’s also a really high-end look to mix two or more different types of greenery together. Pine, cedar, juniper and eucalyptus all look great together.
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. And I love the look of using two different types of lights— like mixing standard lights with larger bulb lights or star-shaped lights or mini fairy lights. It adds dimension and interest to the finished garland. One other thing to consider with lights is whether your garland will be near a plug. If not, there are lots of battery-operated light strings that will work. Nothing ruins the look of a garland like an extension cord running down the wall.
3. Add ribbon. The trick to getting ribbon to look great on a garland is to buy wired ribbon and 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 get to add all of the cute ornaments, floral picks and other accessories that take your garland to the next level and really make it special. You can use anything you’d like for this part. Just make sure to attach anything breakable securely with florist wire. I usually put my garland in it’s home before adding the details so I make sure the placement looks right.
Watch this 3 minute video tutorial to see exactly how I put my garland together.
Christmas Garland Video Tutorial
Now I will admit that you may be a little shocked at the price of garland, especially if you want something fancier than a plain bushy pine garland. But here’s the thing… it will last you for years. Buy the garland base once and you may not have to again for 10+ years. Because it’s the base of whatever decorations you add, it will always look good with your Christmas decor.
Where’s The Best Place to Buy Christmas Garland?
My favorite stores for Christmas decor are Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, Joann and Michaels, especially when their stuff goes on sale. Walmart and Target also have cute and affordable garland and supplies. Here are a few of my favorite garlands that I have used over the years:
My Favorite Garlands
- Walmart Flocked Pine Garland Gorgeous and fluffy if you don’t mind the flocking mess.
- Hobby Lobby Cedar Garland My favorite ever. It’s sold out online, but take the SKU number to your local store and you may find it in person. See how I styled it HERE.
- Hobby Lobby Pine & Pinecone Garland It’s got that charming Charlie Brown tree look.
- Big Lots Pre-Lit Green Pine Garland Pre-lit and pretty traditional style without flocking.
- Amazon Cypress Garland More natural and rustic looking, it would be a perfect one to mix with pine!
Be sure to double check the length of these garlands before purchasing to make sure they are long enough for your space. Remember you will probably have to put two or even three together end-to-end to have a garland long enough for a typical fireplace.
Here’s how my finished garland looks on the fireplace mantel:
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!
Here’s another mantel I decorated a different year using the same garland technique.
Totally different look just by changing up the color scheme and materials used. But I followed the exact same steps!
I hope this post helps you get your home ready for the holidays. Merry Christmas!
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