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Decorating Your Home with Garland for Christmas

Decorating your home or office for Christmas can be fun and a great family activity.

Decorating for Christmas can be so enjoyable. I have a few cost saving tips to save you money as you decorate your home or office for the Holidays.

Your first impression area that you see when you walk into the room is a great place to start. It is always good to begin with a holiday design plan of where you are planning to add the garland, candles, Santa's, angels and so much more.

Your decorated garland will help you display the Christmas colors that are special to you during the holidays. You can choose real or artificial garland to decorate your home. Garland can be used on top of your mantel, down your staircase and around the door arches of your home. It will make a beautiful impression when attached around the frame of your front door. Artificial garland placed on staircases or mantels should look full and beautiful. Usually, you will only need 8 to 9 feet of garland to decorate your mantel.

If your garland isn’t already oversized to fit the size and scale of your home, then you need to transform it. To create a beautifully full garland in an inexpensive way, braid three or more garlands together loosely. Make sure you pull apart and pull open each little branch before you wrap one length of garland loosely around the other garland.

For your staircase, you will first need to know how much garland is required, and then where to attach it. Take a string, ribbon or rope and tape it to the staircase railing in the desired areas to make the drooping of the garland look even. Try to make the spacing consistent. Using string and tape will help you visually see where the garland will be placed. After you are happy with the placement areas on your railing, put little pieces of masking tape on those spots. Take the string down and measure the string. This measurement will tell you how long your garland needs to be. Connect one garland length to another by wiring it or by twisting its little branches or “arms” together. Now you have one long length of garland. It should be the same length of the string. If there is any excess garland, cut it off or fold it back (if possible) when you’re finished.

One way to attach your garland to the staircase rail or banister is to use fishing line, cable ties, long green pipe cleaners or long twisty ties. Wrap the long twisty tie or cable tie around the garland at your marked or taped spots. Twist or tie it in place tight. Take some of the short little green branches from the top and bottom of the garland and cover over the twisty ties to hide it. Remember to take the tape off of the staircase rail that marked the spot where your garland should be placed.

If you are using artificial or fake garland you may want to consider add lights, accessories, ornaments, flowers and bows. When you are adding lights please make sure the electrical plug is on the correct side of the garland as you are weaving it into the garland.  You can wire ribbon, ornaments, flowers, artificial fruit or special collectables into the garland too. Try to be consistent in the placement of these items on your garland.

I can show you how to attach your garland to the fireplace without using nails, how to make a Christmas centerpiece and so much more. To learn more garland and decorating ideas, please contact me and I will be glad to help with your Christmas decorating.

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