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How to Decorate with Christmas Garlands

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Ideas and tips for how to decorate with christmas garlands for the season for different areas for your home.

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It's beginning to look like Christmas here at our home!

I've still got to decorate our front porch completely and select our live tree for our collected ornaments.

Garlands are a fabulous way to add Christmas cheer to your home indoors and out.

We have so many fabulous ideas for decorating with garlands today….just in time for your Christmas decorating.

Christmas Ideas from OSH

Whether you are completely decorated or just starting, today's tour with my blogging friends hosted by Cindy from County Road 407 is bound to spark your creativity.

santa on a mantel

You can shop this year's look HERE. The ornaments and mantel decor are on sale!

I'll be updating this post throughout the season as I take photos of this year's Christmas decor. Here is a little sneak peek of this year's mantel. The above mantle is the perfect example of “faking” a garland.

If you have a narrow mantel or want to have space for decor items, use picks to weave around your decor to give the illusion of a garland. That's what I've done here.

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How to Decorate with Christmas Garlands

This month's Pinterest Challenge is a bit different in that we are not going by a specific inspiration photograph.

We all have many garland ideas so we thought we'd share all of our ideas in one handy post.

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If you are stopping by from Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, welcome. I am so happy to have you here. Marty has such a lovely home.

You will find a handy shopping post at the end of this post.

History of Garland

christmas family room

The early settlers brought the tradition of garlands with them in the colonial days. Times could be hard back then. Many families started to harvest different types of evergreens into garlands by twisting and manipulating them to form these garlands.

They'd sell them to friends, family, and those in the area.

In early times, they could also be used to decorate trees.

In the early days, garlands were real and very fresh.

Today the evolution of faux garlands has come a long way.

Many garlands today look so real that you'd have a hard time distinguishing the difference.

Garlands come in many qualities and price ranges from dollar store varieties to elaborate ones that can cost in the hundreds.

Types of Garlands

  • Faux garlands
  • Pre-made fresh garlands
  • Hand-made garlands
  • Combination of faux and fresh
  • DIY garlands
  • Pre-lit garland
  • Faking a Garland
christmas wood paneled study

Uses of Garlands

  • Banisters
  • Rails
  • Doorways
  • Mantels
  • Dining room table
  • Around windows
  • Front Door
  • On mailboxes
  • Along fence lines
  • Above cabinets
  • Entertainment Center
  • With lighted houses and villages
christmas mantel

This is actually a large swag that I laid out flat on the mantel. Rarely have I ever completed a garland for this mantel that does not include fillers.

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I typically start with an inexpensive “base” garland that is somewhat thick and lush.

Then you can fake a more expensive garland by filling it in with floral picks or fresh greens.

I have quite a collection of floral picks in several bins.

I start by looking at the mantel from the previous year. I want to create a different look from year to year.

I then empty out the bin and group everything on the floor by type.

I place the base garland on the mantel.

Sometimes I simply place it on top of the mantel or I hang it across the front with twine and command hooks.

Look closely above. I have two oversized trailing berry picks placed underneath the base garland so it trails across the front. It really softens the lines.

French Country Christmas mantel featuring large PEACE letters and gorgeous metal angels by Our Southern Home

Do you see how pics are placed throughout the garland? The main garland is hung across the front. I tie twine around the garland to create a loop. Then I hang it on a Command Hook that is placed on the top edge. This is from many years ago.

French Country Christmas mantel featuring large PEACE letters and gorgeous metal angels by Our Southern Home
Christmas mantel

Major blast from the past with these old photos.

christmas wood paneled study

I hung this garland in the same manner. I just added a ribbon across the front on this one.

christmas wood paneled study

The garland looks so full and lush in the distance.

Ways to Hang

I've used numerous methods to hang garlands around our home. Here are a few that have worked best for me.

  • Command Hooks
  • Nails
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Twine
  • Yarn
  • Zip ties
  • Floral wire
  • Cup hooks
family room decorated for Christmas

I've hung this exact same garland on our staircase for the last 17 years. I've hung it in many different ways, but typically in a swang layout.

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This year (photos coming soon), I have done a combination of wrapping around the railing and using clear zip ties.

Here is a look at last year's staircase.

Fill in the area with extra picks, berries, and ribbons.

The garland is hung above the windows with white cup hooks. I just leave them in place all the time.

christmas kitchen

Notice the wall color change?

fireplace

I also hang the garland in our master bedroom on the fireplace mantel.

Christmas front door

I use large nails across the top of the doorway to hang my garland. I actually bought a new garland for the front door this year! I love it and can't wait to share it with you.

It's got a pretty, welcoming glow at night.

collage of Christmas garlands with text overlay

Drape a garland around a hutch or server like this. The cow head helps to anchor it in place.

Do you have some special ways that you like to use garlands? I'd love to hear in the comments.

Be sure to come back for a visit as I update this post with this year's garland looks.

See all of my Christmas archives HERE.

Up next on today's tour is Laura from Decor to Adore. I can't see her felt garland.

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8 Comments

  1. Christy, great examples of ideas for hanging and decorating garland in different places. I have used the same garland through out home for years, but mix it up and decorate differently, too. Even hanging it differently makes it feel fresh and new. Love all your hanging suggestions.

  2. Christy, you’ve shared a lovely grouping of your favorite garlands from Christmases past!! I DID notice the wall color change right away. I was loving the warm coffee color (and the bead board, of which we are installing bead board plywood as we speak in our new garden shed) and then it changed to a French Country/Nordic look. It is amazing how just a color change gives a room a whole new look!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, and I look forward to seeing this year’s mantel when you get it ready,
    Hugs,
    Barb šŸ™‚

  3. My gosh, I love that you put garlands everywhere and in so many unique places. I would never think to put garland above my cabinet but what I love the most and will take away from this post is that I don’t use enough lights in my garland! Yours are so thick with them and look amazing. Each idea was beautiful. Thanks so much for all the inspo and joining in. pinned!

  4. Christy,
    I loved all you garland shares and the history of garland. Great post. These are so fun to do together.

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