A big, beautiful garland is a great way to decorate your mantel, banister, balcony, or (if you don't have any of those things) hutch. Buying one can cost close to $30 plus shipping at Afloral (my favorite place to buy silk flowers online) or as much as $80 at Hobby Lobby (which, FYI, has very reasonable shipping prices, last time I checked). I made mine for $13 thanks to a great tutorial I found on Pinterest. And I didn't even have to buy grapevine.
Unlike most of the other DIY garlands I looked up, this one is full, lush, and looks realistic - and it is a cinch to make!
You can click the link under the picture for the tutorial, or you can just read on.
You will need:
- fake leaves (make sure they are the kind with a hole in the stem - see picture below) - I used four bunches that I found at Walmart for $3 each
- twine or yarn
- large-ish needle (it has to be large enough to accommodate your twine/yarn, but small enough to go through the hole in the leaf stems without pulling on the plastic)
- any embellishments you want - I used pinecones from my mom's backyard and some little foam vegetable things from the Dollar Tree ($1 pack of 5 vegetables)
Sorry for the blurriness, but hopefully you can see the hole in between the leaf stems - this is what you need because it's how you thread the leaves on the garland.
Step 1. Measure your yarn (or twine) - I made my garland about 3 yards long - thread your needle, and knot it. Make sure the knot is large enough that the leaves won't slip off the end.
Step 2. Take the leaves off their bunches and start threading. I had two different colored bunches - a yellowish-greenish-brownish bunch and a reddish-orangeish-yellowish bunch - so I alternated.
Step 3. Keep going until you run out of leaves. Really, it's that simple.
This is the point at which I diverged from the tutorial. The tutorial above was, strictly speaking, for a garland to put on the outside of a house. Mine was to put on top of my hutch (someday mantel, I hope), and I noticed that when I strung the leaves tightly together until the stems touched, the resulting garland was very, very thick:
Not only did that mean I would need more leaves to make my 9' garland (remember, the goal here was to save money), but I wasn't sure it would lay right on my hutch. So I just spread the leaves out a little.
It may not look like it in the picture, but I thought it looked better. So I kept working that way until I was out of leaves.
Step 4. Add your embellishments. I used Tacky Glue to add my pinecones directly to the yarn, but to glue the little vegetables to the leaves, hot glue is a better option. I also coated my vegetables in Mod Podge and sprinkled them with green glitter for a little sparkle.
I'm very proud of my garland! And it was so easy to make, there's no reason why you couldn't do it too!