Sunday, November 27, 2011

Building a garland

Mr. Limefreckle loves having a garland run up the staircase at Christmas. I don't know why, but the first thing he said to me this year, when pulling out all the Christmas decorations, was "is there going to be a garland in this house?". This is our first Christmas here, and we have the perfect staircase for it, so I agreed. Natural garland is great, but I like to put up our Christmas decor at the end of November, so if I want something to last the season, faux is the way to go. Unfortunately most faux garland that you find doesn't look very real. So I decided to spice it up a bit. Here's what you need:

a length of faux garland.  I prefer this  longer style needle (is this spruce?  I don't know) because it seems more natural looking,  but you can use the standard evergreen garland too.  Then you will  need:

 some natural looking pics.  I used seeded cedar and regular cedar.  Any natural looking combos will do, the more the merrier.  It all depends up your patience and time.....

Then, cut pieces from each pic like so:


then I wired pieces of the cedar onto the garland:

 I wired it on randomly, about a foot apart, but again, you can use as much or as little as you like.





this looks pretty as is, but I need to add more, because it IS Christmas after all, and as far as I'm concerned, more is MORE when it comes to Christmas!  So I added some of these:



these are some glittery leaf pics that I had laying around, I used to use them in our huge tree in our foyer at our old house (see THIS blog post for Christmas decor from our previous home)


We gave that tree away, it was too tall for this house....so some of the pics have found a new home in my garland:




Now at this point, whatever is added to the garland just gets "stuck" in not permanently wired.  This way year after year, the base garland can stay the same, and I can add things as my colour choices change:


I  think some bows might be in order.  I found 2 rolls of gold ribbon in my stash, and had just enough to complete 5 bows......and decided to run the ends of the bow into the garland, but leaving it hanging would be pretty too....it's  all a matter of your personal taste. If you like it, it's not wrong!



This is at the base of the staircase. I added some paper mache bells that have been in my family since I was a baby.....they've been spray painted gold, and worked perfectly here.



the upper stairway....just  noticed I left the bathroom and the linen closet doors open!  Well, just keeping it real here!  You should see the rest of the house right now!  It's like Christmas exploded!

Anyhoo, so it's looking pretty good, but needs SOMETHING more.....so I wired some ornaments together like so:



And we're done!  That only took most of the afternoon!  But it's a custom looking garland, that can be changed over the years.  Now, excuse me, I need to go start our miniature village, Limefreckle Jr. is getting anxious!  I think it's going to be a long night!  Christmas decorating takes a week or two around this house, but if you start in November, it all works out fine!