24 December 2011

How to Make Christmas Garland

As teachers, we live our lives from break to break.  The last day of Thanksgiving break, I dabbled in outdoor holiday decorations for the 1st time.  In about 2 hours, I transformed our front porch into a scene of tasteful Christmas bliss.
The best part about my project was that it only cost about $10.00!  Here is what I started with:
I bought rolls of 15' Whit Pine garland from Home Depot at $7.00 each.  I grabbed nails and 28 gauge wire (from this project) out of my craft box.  I then took all of our tree trimmings (and a truck bed load's worth since HD gives it away for free!) and got to creating Christmas.
I first tacked up some nails and swagged some garland.  I trimmed off the excess to save for my railings.
Then I used my supplies to add on some of my FREE trimmings to beef up the garland.
Here's a snapshot of what it will start to become....
After finishing, I just strung up some lights...
I went on to use the rest of that roll plus about 8' of the second roll to affix to my railings with twine.  I strung some lights around the railings and the corner bush.
I put out my peace rug!
And even UGA got a little Christmas makeover. 
I even slaved for hours to trade out my plants in my window boxes....
Just kidding...I cheated!  But no one can tell.
I used the other 7' or so of the garland to gussy up my mantel which I will post all about tomorrow!
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!


  1. I LOVE this and it is exactly what I want for the front of my house. Your front door wreath is perfect for the lanterns by my garage. And GO DAWGS!!!!! :)

    1. One more question...can you email me at c21gigi@gmail.com and let me know what you used for the front door wreath? It looks different than the white pine. Thanks!

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