Make a Fresh Holiday Garland

Edited by JMA, Anonymous, Robbi, Lynn and 2 others

For the holidays, an evergreen garland can look incredible.

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This is a cheap and cost effective item that will have people talking, and it will add the smell of pine into your home. Best of all, it won't be difficult to create and many of the items you need are going to be growing outside, or they will be items that you will already have.

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What You Will Need

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    Evergreen Trimmings – Ensure you pick up thick pieces to add depth to the garland.
    Ideally, each piece should be about six inches to one foot in length. Gather enough to make about 30 feet of garland for your home.
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    Gauge Wire – This should be thick enough that you can adjust the wire as needed to pull items through it, without having to worry about them breaking, while still being easy to bend.
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    Green Rope - This will be important, as it will help you to hold the garland together and still look festive.
    If you would like, you can use some red rope with this.
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    Clippers – You will need to have clippers or sheers on hand to cut the wire and tree pieces as needed.
    Keep in mind that they are going to get sappy from the pine.
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    Gloves – You should wear gloves so you can handle the pieces without your hands getting torn up and sticky.
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    Old Blanket – You will want this on hand so you don't end up with a big mess underneath you, and it will make cleanup easier.
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How to Make Your Holiday Garland

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    Begin by attaching both ends of your wire together.
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    Next, take some of the pine and ensure everything faces a uniform direction.
    You will now begin to stick the wire through the center of the pine. The goal is to have the wire covered, which means you will need to be sure that you overlap the layers. This will add a visual depth to the garland also, which can give it some new life.
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    When you have a section of about a foot done, wrap it with the rope you have.
    This will add an appealing visual, while ensuring that the stand ends up staying together more. You can also add ornaments and other visuals at a later time.
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    Once that is secure, you will begin to do another section of bundle.
    This should overlap about two inches over the previous bundle you secured, and then an additional two inches over the next set you will put on. You will then tie another rope a foot down, and then continue to move back and forth until you have a piece of garland the size you want. The process is bundle, then wrap, and then bundle and so on.
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    When you have come to the last bundle you want to do, you will ensure that the wire is secure, and you will do one final strand of rope on the end that is tied.
    You can then secure it with a double knot. To hide the edge of the wire in this area, you can bend some greenery over it; that way it can remain unnoticeable.
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Tips

  • Remember the greenery will dry out. Consider doing this project just a few days before Christmas for the best results.
  • If the sap becomes too sticky, you can use a little rubbing alcohol or Dawn dish soap to remove it.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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