We love a simple, artful garland. Our favorites start with natural elements: found or foraged boughs and berries, dried leaves and flowers from a long-expired arrangement, or inexpensive stems from a floral shop.
Their virtues are many. Simple to make and endlessly variable, botanical garlands require little in the way of supplies (all of the garlands below require only a binding or stringing material, such as string or wire, plus a needle and scissors).
Small-space friendly, a garland draped over a mantel, hung in a doorway, or laid on a table will add a festive air to a room—and require almost no square footage. (We also like the idea of spending a long, relaxing afternoon with a cup of tea at home, threading a garland far from the hustle of the holiday season.)
Here are five of our favorite garlands to make this season:
Colorful Dried-Flower Garland
Impromptu Garland with Botanical Bits and Pieces
Dried Fruit Garland from Holidays Past
Lush Privet Garland
Two-in-One Dried Hydrangea Garland
More in botanical holiday decor, simple enough for an afternoon’s work: