This year we have finally made some improvements in the living room, such as creating a half wall Board and Batten Panel and putting up our handrail. Beautiful as the handrail ended up to be I thought it deserved some Christmas decor on it. My first idea was to create an Evergreen garland but, during this time of year it’s really hard to find pretty bushes and flowers here in Utah that wouldn’t cost too much. What I created instead was a mix of natural Arborvitae I got from a friend’s front yard, pine cones and an artificial pine garland I bought at Target for just $3. The result was a gorgeous Christmas Garland.
This is a very quick tutorial. You don’t have to be an expert or have any special knowledge. What I did was pretty much to put everything together in a harmonious way that would look very well distributed and gorgeous. I started by interweaving two pieces of pine garlands to make it fuller and then I added the Faux Potato Bushes I got from Michael’s. Luckily, I already had a vine garland that I used to give some kind of texture to this Christmas project. After that, I made some burlap bows as I had in mind to create something traditional but, at the same time rustic.
You probably know how expensive Christmas Garlands are, just a quick look in the stores and you will find out that the prices range up to $100. In my case much of the material came from my storage If I haven’t mentioned it yet, which saved me lots of money and I just had to add them one by one to my garland, including the pine cones that I tied up with a burlap cord.
I saved from my tree some Christmas String Lights, which I attached along with the other items to the garland, as well. The next step was to add the Arborvitae leaves spaced accordingly to create a more natural look. My plan was to make a garland big enough to cover the whole handrail and still have a good part of it left hanging by the post. See below the step-step instructions and have a Happy Garland DIY!
Instructions – How To Make A Christmas Garland
For this project I used three Faux Pine Garlands. First, measure your handrail or any other space you want to place it, to know how long your garland must be. For the handrail top I interweaved two garlands.
I added a third piece of the garland to the tip of the ones I just interweaved in order to have a big part hanging by the newel. To make it fuller I folded the third garland in two parts.
Create texture by adding a vine garland and some Arborvitae leaves or other evergreen bush you like. Attach them using a burlap cord .
Add the string lights by interweaving them throughout the garland.
Make some burlap bows with a cord from the same material and tie them to the garland.
Now tie the pine cone one by one and add them to garland. Do not forget to space them equally.
Add the bells or any other ornament you might like.
Now that your garland is almost ready add the Christmas stocking. I obtained this Monogram Stocking with the initial letter of each member of my family from Target. You may be wondering what the A stands since I only have one child. Well, I decided to include my unborn baby to our celebration and she’ll be called Ariel.
The last step is to hang your beautiful garland to your handrail. You may want to use other kind of material but I used the same burlap cord I have worked with in this whole project.
The great thing about having an artificial Christmas Garland is that you can reuse it every year. You just have to change the Arborvitae natural leaves for new ones and maybe some ornaments you may be going with by the time. Hope you liked this easy and fun Five Minutes Craft Christmas Garland. I bet you will hear lots of complements on it. Merry Christmas!