So far the pros at Total Bliss have shown us step-by-step directions and secrets for Decorating A Christmas Tree and Decorating A Christmas Wreath. We’re going back today so that the owner, Nancy, can show us how to decorate a gorgeous Christmas garland.
This is the finished garland placed on the faux fireplace in the shop. It has been further embellished with gorgeous silver trees and dangly crystal beads.
But it didn’t always look like this. Just like a faux Christmas tree, a garland needs to be fluffed before getting started. If your garland has lights, be sure to test those before decorating too.
Nancy recommends decorating one half of the garland at a time, beginning in the middle and working your way toward the end. That way you get a better idea of how it’s going to look before you spend time decorating the whole thing.
Step 1 – Gather Supplies and Decorations
Depending on what you’re going to decorate your garland with, supplies you may need are cable ties, green floral wire, pipe cleaners, wire snips, scissors and a hot glue gun and glue sticks. But believe it or not, you won’t need any of these unless the decorations you’re using are heavy or might possibly fall off and break.
Nancy recommends color coordinating the garland with the other Christmas decor that is in the same area.
Step 2 – Find the Center
Find the center of the garland and mark with a piece of ribbon or something else.
Step 3 – Add Dimension
It’s best to add dimension to a garland with the addition of stems and picks. Start with something leafy or twiggy before adding large flowers. You can cut them apart to make them go farther.
Fluff them, bend them, shape them. Make them look natural. And then tuck them into the garland. No need to use anything to hold them in place, unless they’re heavy.
You don’t need to use all the same type of stems. Add variety by using one or more types.
Taper off the amount of stems and other decorations the closer that you get to the tip of the garland.
Step 4 – Add Larger Elements
Now is the time to work in larger elements, such as flowers.
Just like with the stems – add a variety. They don’t all have to be the same.
Wiring multiple picks together will make more of a statement. Below, Nancy has grouped together a large poinsettia, a leafy pick and berry pick.
Continue tucking the larger elements into the garland, remembering to taper them off toward the ends.
Step 5 – Add Finishing Touches
The garland really started coming to life with the addition of large red berries. They started out as one large bunch, but Nancy cut them apart before tucking them into the garland.
Step 6 – Highlight the Center
Sometimes, you see a bow placed in the center of a garland. But Nancy used a grouping of large poinsettias, fern leaves and berries as the focal point for this garland.
Beautiful, Nancy! And so is the garland!
Step 7 – Repeat
Repeat the decorations on the other end of the garland and you’re done!
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