Shirley Bovshow's DIY Fresh Cut Holiday Garland
Cut Branches for Fresh Garland:
- If you have any conifers in your yard like fir, cedars or junipers, you have all you need to make your own fresh garland.
- Boxwood, holly and ligustrum add another layer of texture and are tolerant of the dry warm conditions indoors.
- ALWAYS use sharp pruners and cut from different parts of the plants so that you don't misshape the plant or tree.
- If branches are thick, use a hammer to flatten the bottom of stem so it can take up water easily.
- After cutting stems from plants in your yard, place them in water until ready to use.
- Use an anti-drying spray like Wilt Pruf to keep your foliage from drying out fast.
Or Buy an Inexpensive 5 to 6 Foot Christmas Tree and Cut the Branches to Make Your Own Garland:
- Buy a second, different style tree to make a mixed green garland.
- Cut evergreen stems from plants in your yard to add an extra layer of foliage to garland.
To Assemble the Garland:
- Cut twine to finished length you want for garland.
- Wrap paddle wire along the top 2"inches of the twine and lay wire paddle in FRONT of extended twine.
- Gather your greens into a bundle, (thick or thin as you like) and lay on top of twine and wrap bundle with wire 3 times- don't cut wire!
- Repeat with another bundle of greens and stagger, placing along bottom of first bundle.
- Wrap bundle with paddle of floral wire (22 gauge) and continue until you get close to end of twine.
- Finish off garland by placing last bundle facing the opposite direction of other bundles. Wrap with wire and cut off wire.
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