Pre-decorated garlands are expensive! I decided to make my own.
Whenever I am buying materials for a floral project, I always put my project together my project in the store. I picked up a generic pre-lit garland and carried it over to the Christmas picks. My Christmas color scheme is red and gold, so those are the picks that I chose.
I start off buy choosing some picks that I think are pretty experiment with different locations in the garland. I try to even out red and gold, large and small.
Here is half of the finished test. I just chose two of each pick I used so I could make the garland mirror-imaged on the other side.
I went to pick out some ribbon to make my first big bow. Normally I buy them, but wanted to at least attempt one on my own.
Here are the supplies I ended up with:
- Ribbon to make a bow
- Christmas picks
- Hot glue gun
(Notice the London Catching Fire premiere streaming on my computer?)
First I made the bow using a tutorial I found online:
Unfortunately I did it on the couch, and glitter got everywhere...
I folded the garland in half to find the center and attached the bow. I also ultimately decided the pinecones/berries already on the garland wouldn't work, so I cut them off and saved them just in case I wanted them for another project.
Then I sorted the picks. Oliver likes to help with crafts. Some I really liked, so I bought enough to use twice on each side.
Then I sorted them into each side, practiced putting them on one more time, and laid them out in order above the garland. I also decided to use extra ribbon to run along the length of the garland.
I ended up using nine picks on each side, which worked out perfectly with the ribbon. I was able to change the ribbon's position (above or below the picks) after every third pick.
Here is the finished right half:
Here I am working on the mirror image on the left side:
And here is the finished product and associated mess! The final cost was $58, but to buy a garland so decorated it would be over $100.
Every time I touched the garland, glitter seemed to rain from it. I went to the store and bought a spray adhesive (like glue in a spray paint can- I found it in the craft section of Wal-Mart). I protected the ground with an old sheet and sprayed the garland. I think it helped with the glitter rain.
It is so pretty when it is plugged in, and I cannot wait to decorate and get it on my mantel!