Use garland in unexpected ways, such as winding it along a tabletop as a centerpiece (place a runner underneath to ground the decor and keep scratches off the table). Then get creative with ornaments – Christmas balls, berries and pinecones – and inset gleaming votives to give the arrangement a little lighting. The monochromatic color scheme here makes a simple, lovely display. If you want more color, add red berries and multicolored ornaments.
Make your staircase garland display a unique one. Use zip-ties or twine (avoids scratches) to attach garland at the base of the railings close to the stair treads instead of on the banister and load it with Christmas ornament balls, picks and berries. Then balance it out with ornaments hung singly from the banister with Christmas ribbon. The cascading effect of this white-and-silver display is frosty elegance.
Drape a fresh, fragrant green garland over a large picture frame without the glass, and decorate it simply with red berries. This allows you to “frame” whatever other Christmas decor you wish – like this large metal star hung from twine and a cute owl ornament.
Form artificial garland into customized Christmas decor, such as this monogram display. Cut a letter out of cardboard and spray-paint it green. Punch holes around the cutout’s edge, shape the garland on the front to form the letter, and attach it with wire through the holes. Add colorful ornaments and hang it from wire loops. It’s ready to use year after year.
Make a holly-style garland from birch knobs and wooden joining biscuits. Spray-paint the ornaments and hot-glue them onto jute rope, then drape on the Christmas tree or across a wall for fun glimpses of color.
This dowel disk garland is made by cutting slices from round wooden dowels and using screw eyes to attach the disks to jute rope. It gives a woodsy yet festive look wherever you drape it.
Nothing says Christmas like a green garland shimmering with ornaments and draping a banister. This display began with an unadorned artificial garland. With snowball and gold ornaments, gold stars and eucalyptus leaves wired in, it becomes a festive display. Use twine to attach to the railing to avoid scratching the woodwork.
The figures in this angel garland are made from birch knobs (the heads), pieces of pine handrail (the bodies), wooden joining biscuits (wings) and wire (halos). String them along twisted sisal rope and wind through your Christmas tree or drape on a mantel.
A swag of cut poinsettias drapes prettily along a wall’s chair rail and makes for a festive – and unusual – Christmas garland. Cut blooms, leaving 3- to 4-inch stems. Remove the lower leaves and thread the stems through chain and into a floral pick filled with water. Hang using Command mini hooks. Check the water daily; blooms can last up to 2 weeks.
Create little houses from white corrugated plastic and spray-paint them, then hot-glue the house onto a string of white lights. This lighted house garland adds a sweet look to the Christmas tree, mantel or staircase.