When I decorate at Christmas, I don't have a ton of tubs filled with decorations because most of what I use is snipped off trees :)
I do use artificial garland and I've never made my own, but I thought I'd try this year.
It was actually pretty easy....
gather your supplies.
I used cedar branches, and cut them off my parents trees. But there's tons of great greens right now.
Measure how long you want your garland to be and cut a piece of wire that long.
Start with a bigger sprig of greenery and wrap the end of the wire around the stem. Cover the wire and stem with floral tape.
Add your next piece of greenery, making sure to overlap to cover up the tape.
Keep wrapping and over-lapping until the whole wire is covered.
Stand back and admire...so much better when it's the real thing :)
I used my garland on the mantle.
I added in some sticks, burlap stockings from a few years ago, a wreath, and a little tin sign.
So there you have it...my mantle and a little project :)