ISSUE 102  |  Winter Lights

DIY Video: Easy Holiday Garland

December 09, 2013 8:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Love the look of holiday greenery indoors, but looking to go beyond the usual evergreen decor? Make your own easy and inexpensive garland using whatever foliage you’d like: forage it outdoors, collect it from your garden, or pick up a few sprigs of greenery at the farmers’ market.

Want to give it a try? See my DIY video for step-by-step instructions (you’ll need to source the materials outlined below).

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Above: The finished privet berry garland now lives on my kitchen countertop and adds a Christmasy note.

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Above: Use thin silver wire so you can wrap it around and through the berry stems; twist the wires together to create a strong hold when tying it off.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 bunches of Privet Berry (I live in a small apartment, so I only required a 3-foot-long garland; for longer garlands you’ll need more foliage).
  • Thin, bendable silver wire; 6 Yards of Tarnish-Resistant Silver Wire is $4.99 from Amazon.
  • Garden scissors like these: Ikebana Scissors for $31.95 from Amazon.

N.B.: Looking for more how-to DIY garland ideas? See DIY: Holiday Decor for Small Spaces and DIY: A Dried Fruit Garland for the Holidays.

This is an update of a post originally published December 4, 2012.