Sunday I finished decorating the outside of our home. I don't know why, but I feel a little behind everyone else this year. I had vowed to stay away from fresh greenery inside our home (broke my promise) and just use it outside. Our weather is cold and damp this time of year so fresh greens tend to stay green for a LONG time. I picked up some gorgeous cedar garland for our fence from a local garden shop and about fell over at the price ($115). I had really hoped to frame our front door this year as well, but there was no way I was spending that sort of money to make it happen. I decided to try my hand at making my own garland with clippings from our yard and scraps from a tree lot instead. Cedar and fir tend to stay fresh looking longer than other greens so they make the best garland. I had access to TONS of fir clippings but no cedar. I had planned to buy some cedar to weave in the finished garland but I ended up liking it simple. I love that it looks a little wild and unruly, just like I hoped it would.
^^ the expensive garland on the fence^^
^^ fir springs, magnolia leaves (from our Thanksgiving table) and red berries in our urns^^
^^handmade ("free") garland around our door^^
The garland in the video is now on our mantle -- which I plan to show later in the week. Even though I do have some fresh greenery inside this year, I've done far less than normal. I just don't want dried up greenery come Christmas morning. I have more fresh greens that I've left outside to replace indoors when things start to go south. Haha.
Let me know if you attempt to make your own garland. I really did enjoy the process!! Or if you have other tips on making your own, please share! I watched a couple tutorials but then went on to do it my own way because it worked better for me.