Gussied up Garland

If your like me-spending $40 or $50 on those grand pre-decorated garlands is a no, no-or a can’t, can’t. I buy the cheapest pine, bendable (thats important)garland I can.

Use coupons, shop after Christmas-just get it cheap. Then add your lights. I usually add the 100 set white lights, but there are also some fun ones out there with little “pearl-like” bulbs-I used those on the fireplace garland.

Now the fun part-add “fillers”. Greenery pics, berries, pine cones, feathers, etc.

I found this fun “summery” fern garland at Michaels and used my coupon daily for 4 days till I bought up all they had.

It adds a nice “lime green” punch that I wanted. Dont be afraid to mix Summer or Spring-like garlands into yours-it gives it a natural look.




I also wanted a wreath for my stairway mirror but didnt want the pine-look. I found this one in the Wedding section at Michaels-its a box-wood style. I added some “bling” to it with a napkin ring (yes napkin ring) and a “Joy” ornament.

To the wreath on the top of the stairs I added white butterflies from a baby shower I gave years ago-then added my “signature” black & white ribbon. Im calling it my “signature” ribbon cuz it makes me sound “fancy” and I hunted high and low for that ribbon!

What I love is by shopping the house, using what you have in a new way-gets you that “designer” look without having to sell your children on E-bay (yes that thought has crossed my mind on days like today). So go dig through your attic, basement, closet,get out those picks, summer garlands, napkin rings, tooth brushes, whatever floats your fancy and in the words of Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, “beef” up your garlands.

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5 thoughts on “Gussied up Garland”

  1. Tina says:

    You could totally give Martha Stewart a run for her money.

    It looks FABULOUS!!!

  2. Hey, Amanda!! I love all your extras that you added in, that ferny stuff is gorgeous mixed in there. I will have to look for some of those too. Great ideas and the black/white ribbon is fabulous! You did great, girl, thanks for the link.

    Please, please join my Christmas party tour too on Dec. 10th! You can join them all!

  3. Michelle says:

    It turned out so beautifully…great job!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    ~Michelle 🙂

  4. Angie says:

    Your garland looks awesome and the black and white ribbon is just perfect!

  5. Thanks for all the tips! I can’t wait to but stuff after Christmas to do some of these cool things next year!

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