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Free DIY Christmas Garland

on 12.1.2017 at 2:04pm
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I love heading to Lowe’s or Home Depot to ask them for their extra tree clippings to decorate with around the house and make my home smell like Christmas.  Have any of you tried using those clippings to make your own garland rather than buying it?  This project is super easy and the best part… It’s FREE!

What you’ll need:

-Green Floral Wire
-Stem Cutting Scissors
-Wire Cutters
-Lots of (FREE) Tree Clippings

The project should take you about an hour total for the length of a fireplace and the whole process is pretty self explanatory.  Clip off the long stems from the tree clipping.  Wire the top of one end to the bottom of the other.  Try twisting the wire like you would a bag of bread for extra hold.  You can overlap with the next piece to cover up the bottom of the first piece too.

Tip:  To make the garland look more full, double it up!  Once you’ve made the length of the garland that you want, begin attaching stems to the back of the garland for a richer look.

You can also let the kids gather pine cones from the yard and attach those on with wire too.

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    • Love this! I make our front door wreath this way every year. Just use the same grapevine wreath yr to yr. Easy and cheap!!

    • Holder

      I’ve made door wreaths like this…smells nice

    • Risa

      Great idea, thanks! Sending the hubby to Lowes in a bit!

    • Tricia

      I do the door wreaths with free trimmings, too, but I start with an old wire coat hanger. Just bend it into a circle and use the florist wire to attach branches. Try to choose full branches, with thinner stems, that naturally curve, and wrap each one to the coat hanger. I usually go around the wreath twice, filling in thinner spots. When you finish attach a bow, maybe hot-glue a few Christmas balls on it, and use the hanger hook to put it on your door. If I have time a make a few extras for close friends – most appreciated!

    • Steph

      I do the same thing on my deck railings outside, with free branch trimmings, then I hit my neighbors tree and gather some Magnolia clippings and holly w/red berries and tie that on too! Fun to the birds land on the railings to eat the berries for weeks!

    • thanks for the tip, Jenny! My husband came home with a huge box of greenery and we decked the front porch!

    • Andrea Jo

      We found out last year that we can’t have live stuff in the house. I have developed allergies in the last few years and we ended up putting the live tree out on the porch and getting an artificial tree for inside.

      • Amy

        Yes, live trees and tree clippings are FULL of mold spores! If you have allergies, sinus congestion, or wheezing every year around Christmas, you should consider switching to artificial trees only!

        • Andrea Jo

          I never had a problem until I was pregnant with our first baby. Now I can’t even look at a tree without getting stuffy sinuses.

        • Andrea Jo

          I never had a problem until I was pregnant with our first baby. Now I can’t even look at a tree without getting stuffy sinuses.

    • Krissy

      Love this! We have pines all over our property. Never thought about doing something like this. Already have everything except for stem cutting scissors. Where would I find those. Hope we don’t have allergies!! Would be a bummer.

      • You can find them almost anywhere in the gardening area. I think mine of from Walmart!

    • Anonymous_Tipster

      My friend brought me a large quantity of branches when she bought her Christmas tree at Home Depot. I made a mailbox swag for her, (sort of like a whiskbroom arrangement) and also made an arrangement of greens in a cedar bucket for our front porch.
      I already had the floral wire, bright red bows, pinecones and tools, so my cost was $0.00

    • Dawn Holder

      I usually do wreaths for outside and table centerpieces. HOwever, when it is around 80 degrees outside, they shed like the dickens! I use an old wire hanger for the ones outside and wooden embroidery hoops for the centerpieces. If you are making them ahead of time for a function or to give away; just put them in a trash bag, spritz them with water and put in the darkest, coolest place that won’t freeze. I put the center pieces on a plate,add water, and use a hurricane lamp shade; add some pinecones from the park or some ornaments and they are beautiful.