Christmas decorating is in full swing. Most of you are probably all done with your decor but for the stranglers or for the busy folks. You still have a whole two weeks until Christmas so get cracking.
I’ve had my tree up since December 2nd and wanted to add some more greenery to the household. I saw on Jillian Harris Instagram’s page she had a company come in and hung fresh “mantle garland” I guess you would call it. Around her mantle peice and windows in the kitchen. I was like YES! I need this!
But, Since I had made a promise to myself not to buy any new Christmas decor, I had to figure out a way to make it with what I had in the house and in the Christmas totes. Luckily, for me there is a gentlemen named Larry down the road from my house selling live and cut Christmas trees.
I asked Larry if it would be okay to take some of the trimmings from the pruned trees and he agreed.
I got a couple trimmings and brought them home. I forgot how amazing fresh christmas trees smelt. I laid it all out how I would like it to hang and got to work.
What you will need for this project.
- Zap Straps
- Good Quality Twine
- Tree Trimmings
- Ornaments (optional)
First thing I would suggest is measure the space you would like to hang your garland, then lay out all the pieces in the length and design you would like to make.
After this, use the zap straps to hold together the larger pieces and make the garland more secure.
Once garland is secure. Use your twine to tie together smaller branches. This makes the mantle garland very secure and easy to work with.
Now its time to think about decorating your garland. You can opt to leave it as it is or do as I have done here and add string lights , an ornament or even decorate it fully like you would do your Christmas tree.
Once you’ve fancied up your garland, How will you hang it? I used the same twine to make a “hanging wire” to help up it up on the wall.
I chose to display both garland over vintage mirrors in my home.
I’m really satisfied with the results and though my end results were nothing as spectacular as Jillian’s these turn out really well. Let me know if you tried this. I will pin this tutorial to Pinterest.