Garland is a popular, natural way to give your home a Christmas feel. It consists of pine branches strung together and hung in or around the home. If you have pine trees on your property, you can easily gather greens to decorate your home. Garland is easy to make, and you can add any decorative materials to it once it is done. Garland can be draped on a mantle, wrapped around a banister, or hung around a door frame or deck. This article will teach you how to string pine branches together to make your own garland.
Things You'll Need
- Pine trees
- Thin rope or twine
- Pine cones, berries or other items to decorate your garland
Cut the tips of pine tree branches from trees in your yard. The pieces you cut should be at least a foot in length to best allow you to tie them together. Be sure to measure the area where you want to hang your garland so you cut enough branches.
Lay the greens down in a line so they are all facing the same direction and are overlapping.
Tie the pieces of evergreen together using the rope or twine. Tie the bottom end of the first piece to the center of the piece following it so you are making a string with the greens. Make sure the rope or twine is barely visible, if visible at all. When you are done tying the branches together, you should have a flexible, rope-like strand of garland.
Decorate the garland with objects of your choice. You can use a hot glue gun to attach pine cones, beads or berries to the evergreens. You can use a needle and fishing line to string berries, fruit or popcorn and weave it through the garland, or you can string Christmas lights or ribbon through your garland.
Drape the garland in your home as Christmas decor.
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