How to decorate your home with a Christmas garland (or two!)
Discover creative ways to adorn your home with Christmas garlands. Learn how to elevate your décor with the festive charm of garlands you’ve decorated yourself.
Putting garlands in our homes at Christmas springs from the notion of celebrating greenery in mid-winter at a time when many trees and hedges are bare. Like many traditions celebrated here in Ireland there is a pagan element and a Christian element and the garland is no different!
Whether you use real greenery, berries, pinecones and so on, or artificial ones, hanging and decorating garlands in the home at Christmas is a lovely tradition. Decorating your own garland beats buying a pre-decorated one hands down! Where’s the fun and creativity in buying one that was possibly made by a robot in a factory? Besides, making your own allows you to use baubles and decorations you already have, which supports the circular economy. You can refresh the look every so often with the odd new pick or ribbon and you have the freedom to tie it in with a specific colour or décor theme.
How to create a Christmas garland for your fireplace
Nicole Foley, our Visual Merchandiser, uses Fairytale Forest to decorate this garland. It’s a garland for your fireplace, but of course it can be used on a sideboard, a console table, along the tops of your kitchen presses… anywhere you like!
Decorating a garland for a staircase is slightly different and Nicole will take us through that separately (see below).
For the mantelpiece garland you will need:
- 1 x pack of Push and Fix hooks to secure the garland to the surface. Push and Fix hooks have suction pads and are therefore easy to place and remove.
- 2 x cashmere garlands (270cm each)
- Lights – String Light Bundle in Classic Warm (12-string)
- Foliage – Maple spray x 2; Eucalyptus Iced Garland x 2
- Baubles for your choice (Nicole used items from our Fairytale Forest theme)
- Roses on clips
- 2 x pheasants on clips
- Ribbon for the bow, or a pre-made bow
–Start by twining the two garlands together to create a beautifully full effect.
–For a symmetrical look, find your centre point on the mantelpiece and mirror what you put on the right and left of it.
–Lights – Start in the middle. Split the 12-string length into two sections of 6 strings each (Nicole shows in the video how this is done).
–Foliage – Again, start in the middle with your lengths of foliage working one to the left, and one to the right.
–Decorations – Place your chosen baubles, floristry and hangers to your satisfaction on one side and then mirror this arrangement on the other side.
–Bow – The pièce de la résistance is your beautiful hand-tied bow, which goes in the centre, secured with wire.
Nicole makes it look easy – well, it’s easy when you know how, and after watching this video you will know how!
How to make your own Christmas garland for your stairs
Follow these instructions to create a beautiful garland that will stop your visitors in their tracks and draw the eyes of your guests upward. Watch the video for exactly how she does it and learn a couple of hacks!
Nicole uses two x 2.7m garlands per banister and this gives her enough length to create swags (where the garland is fastened to the stair rail at points so that it droops down and curves back up). Isn’t it pretty?
For the staircase garland you will need:
- 2 x Grandis Fir garlands (270cm each)
- LED cluster lights in Classic Warm (6m)
- Ribbon to make bows or pre-made bows
- Berry picks
- Hobby wire
Everything you see here, including the hooks and wire, is available on www.arboretum.ie or in Arboretum Leighlinbridge or Arboretum Urban Green at Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin.
With the staircase and the mantelpiece dressed in greenery and twinkling lights, you get a sense of why garlands at Christmas time became a tradition. And now that you’ve done it, why not make decorating your own garlands a tradition in your home? Now, with that huge chunk of the Christmas décor done, sit down and have a nice cup of hot chocolate or maybe something stronger!
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