Yesterday in the first tip in my new series – 25 tips for Christmas decorating – we talked about using ornaments in creative ways.
One thing I left off the list is using ornaments to dress up your garland (see the photo at right from GoDutchBaby via Flickr).
Now, if you’re like most folks, you purchased garland years ago – probably when you bought your house or moved into your first apartment.
Of course, you were buying a bunch at once and you didn’t have a lot of cash and so it was not the good stuff.
Yet, you’re still using it.
So my first suggestion is this: Upgrade your garland.
I remember when I finally dumped my cheap, plastic stuff for some garland that looked, well, sort of real at least. Yes. It cost some cash. But I did it over a month or two using lots of coupons I clipped from the paper.
And you can do it too. Above is some cheap garland – $15 for 100 feet from Target) – and at right some better stuff – $55 for 25 feet from Target). Look for garland that has some variety – something that’s meant to look like it has different types of plants wired into it, particularly if that offers a little bit of color variety too.
But regardless of whether you buy new garland or use your old stuff, you can make it look good.
First, add those ornaments. Check out how hanging ornaments from the very simple garland above – plus a few extra picks – make this look pretty special. It also helps that this simple garland was double hung. The image is from BHG.
Adding other items to your garland can also help. Be creative and think about your own interests. In the HGTV photo below, horse tack adds a unique tough to simple garland.
You can hot-glue pieces into your garland or use wire to attach them – and have some fun!
I found this garland image on Flickr. It was taken by Rice and D in Anaheim, Calif. Someone with a sense of humor put together this garland, which includes a rubber chicken, plastic flowers and even an ornament made to look like a bomb. I love it!
Of course, garland doesn’t have to be made of greenery.
I love the way in the BHG photo below three layers of ribbons are combined with small berry wreaths to create a really festive look. And a string of pinecones is a beautiful way to bring the outdoors in.
Finally, in yet another BHG photo, a homeowner used pretty ribbon and ornaments to create a pretty garland.
This looks incredibly easy to make – and not even terribly expensive.
It’s also simple, which makes it a great look for a a smaller space.
So do you use garland in your home?
And if so, do you try to dress it up a little bit?