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All that covered– today I wanted to share with you an easy holiday DIY project. We’ve definitely gotten away from blogging about projects in favor of just showing the final result, so I thought I’d take a step backward today and show off how I made this garland to hang on the arch in our hallway this holiday season.
This also means you get sneak peek at our Christmas Tree, I’ll be back tomorrow with our full living room tour but in the meantime I wanted to go a bit more in depth on how I created the garland. It was so simple to make, and I think looks almost as nice as the one that inspired me.
I saw this pretty outdoor decor (above) in the Frontgate catalog and I really loved how it looked. I thought twice about ordering it once I saw the price tag (the garland was over $200) and so I decided it couldn’t be too hard to recreate this look for our home without spending nearly that much.
We have had this basic, very inexpensive garland for years, I jazzed it up a few years ago with some traditional red plaid and some red ornaments (like above) but then I stopped using it and it was stuck in a bin for a few years. I figured it would work well for this project so I dragged it out, re-wrapped the white lights, and removed what was left of the red decor and used it again as the base for this year’s look.
I picked up some supplies at Hobby Lobby, mostly gold accents like magnolia leaves, gold berries, gold pine cones etc. All in all, I probably spent about $40 on all the picks and the gold ribbon. Here are some sources for supplies:
Lighted Garland (You may need two)
Another lighted Garland Option
Wired Ribbon (Very Similar to What I Used)
I spread the garland out on our floor and started wiring the picks to it at even intervals. Then I added the ribbon, using a sheer gold 3″ wired ribbon. I did a combination of wrapping it around the garland, using shorter (approximately 1′) pieces tucked into the branches and also wired some loops together for more depth.
It is easy to do this, just use wire (or I used a pipe cleaner though I don’t know that there was any advantage over the floral wire) to bind a few loops together, leaving the ribbon strands hanging on either side. When you tuck the ribbon in this style in the garland it gives it a fuller look. This is also a technique I have used with ribbon on a Christmas Tree–FYI, it is easy and looks really pretty nestled in the branches of a tree.
Here is how it looked when it was all done, it took about an hour and I did it while enjoying a Hallmark Christmas movie!
I will say that hanging it up was much more challenging, I did have to rework quite a bit of it once I finally got it up since it fell down multiple times while I was trying to hang it and some of the embellishments fell off. I tried command hooks, cup hooks, and finally had to get two larger, anchor hooks in the center of the arch to keep it hung up securely. The sides are attached to the wall with command hooks. There will be some spackling in our future but lets not worry about that now and just concentrate on how nicely it came out!
This is the view from near our front door, I like how it frames the tree as soon as you enter our home. I don’t know that we’ll always keep our tree in this same spot but I do really like the combination for this year.
Here is looking back toward the door, and this is the view from our living room so I get to see this side all the time. I love it all lit up especially at night.
That was all it took, so stay tuned and I’ll see you tomorrow with tons more photos of this room!
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It looks amazing. I love how it turned out. I can appreciate how much work this really is since I made garlands for our stairs. But I agree, they are so worth it. Yours looks fantastic.
Thanks and yes, it took some work but I am so glad now I did it. I appreciate your kind words! XO, Amy
Fran Weissing says
Beautiful! I have an arched entryway too and would love to try this. How did you attach to your arch?
Thank you Fran, it was a little tricky to get to stay up but the type of drywall they used in our home makes it harder to hang things. I used one large (2″) hook at the top center, anchored it in the ceiling and then used several smaller hooks anchored in the top on either side. I just attached it to the side wall with command hooks and wire. I hope that helps! You should try it! XO, Amy
Beeeutiful!!!!!!!! And don’t you love the fact that you can say I MADE THIS!!
YES I do, it was a great project before the holiday madness 🙂 You are too kind! Have a wonderful holiday! XO, Amy
Gorgeous! I love how it frames the tree! Where did you buy your Garland?
We have seriously had it for years, it was probably just a standard garland from Michaels? I doubled it over to make it fuller so you might need two. XO, Amy
Could you show us close-ups of how you attached the garland to the archway? I would love to do something like that in my home!
I am afraid to move it too much to take close up photos, as it was tricky to get up but some of that is due to the type of drywall they used in our home which I think makes it harder to hang things. I used one large (2″) hook at the top center, anchored it in and then used several smaller hooks anchored in the top on either side. I just attached it to the side wall with command hooks and wire. I hope that helps! You should do it, it’s worth the trouble 🙂 Xo, Amy