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DIY Simple Garland From an Old Christmas Tree

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The holiday season is upon us! I'm in full Christmas decorating mode. Recently as I was cleaning the kitchen, I realized the window above my sink was looking a little bare. While I have two pothos plants sitting on top of my cupboards, the vines are not long enough to stretch across the window. This was the perfect excuse to pull out my old Christmas tree and get to work. Within an hour, I had a festive garland sprucing up my space.

I prefer to repurpose old items instead of just tossing them in the trash. This was the case for our old Christmas tree. I've gotten a lot of use out it, but luckily I still had a handful of branches to create this simple garland. Rather than shelling out your hard earned money on a branchy garland, try making your own. Below I take you through the steps, it's easier than you might initially think. Feel free to customize your garland to suit your tastes and swap anything out for items you already have on hand.

Happy crafting!

Materials needed

Materials needed

Materials Needed:

  • Tape measure
  • Old Christmas tree branches
  • Green floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic ornament bulbs
  • LED lights, if desired

How To Make A Simple Garland

1. Measure out your space.

2. Take stock of your branches. Select the ones you want for your garland.

3. Begin laying your branches on top of each other, securing them together using green floral wire.

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4. Keep securing branches until you have the desired length.

5. To hide the end wire where the branch originally connected to the stem of the fake tree, I flipped my ending branch and used pliers to wrap that long wire around the branch.

6. Lay your garland out and fluff the branches.

7. The next part will depend on how much ribbon you have on hand. Because I only had a small strand, I started in the middle of my garland and wrapped the ribbon down along the sides, securing it with floral wire. If you have a longer length, you could wrap the ribbon around the entire length of your garland.

8. Hang up your garland and fluff. Once you're happy with how it all looks, grab your plastic bulbs.

9. Arrange your bulbs around your garland.

10. Select a favorite ornament or bow to hang in the center of your garland. I chose to display an iridescent snowflake our neighbor sewed for us almost ten years ago.

© 2022 Alyssa

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