Creating a winter garland this Christmas, Farmhouse decor
It is coming up for our Third Christmas in this property and this year I will be hanging a winter garland on display in our living area. Our house is a traditional English farmhouse and a host to several brick fireplaces, it makes total sense to display fresh Christmas decor throughout and since we are opting for our first real Christmas tree, fern and Holly have been welcomed to engage with the interior.
Unfortunately, my fireplaces and nooks do not have ledges so a little technical installation was required. Oasis and fishing wire have to be my can’t do without items this winter when creating. I sourced all my supplies from a local flower wholesaler and foraged the rest.
Check out the garland that I made for my Daughter’s Playhouse last year.
By shopping locally and making the most of materials in the surrounding countryside, I was able to put together this garland for under twenty pounds. It is half faux and half real but i can definitely class it as a full bushed luxury garland. I think the lights were more expensive then the foliage itself. Real country fireplaces deserve a lavish dressing without cutting any corners. So keep reading for some great Christmas decor tips on how to hang the perfect winter garland this Christmas.
For my garland I ordered two suitable pieces of fir, you may want to measure the area you wish to cover before ordering, however, I purchased a relatively cheap bundle and was surprised at how a little fir goes a long way. I had tons of foliage left and used the spare pieces for a playroom fireplace decor project and even gave some to our neighbours.
The holly in the pictures is just like no other holly bush quality I have ever seen before. I was so lucky to spot this holly bush on one of my morning dog walks and returned the next day after noticing the foliage had been trimmed and spare pieces were left to fall to the ground. This holly bush is situated right on the edge of a public footpath and so I had easy access when I went back to my basket. It is totally acceptable to help yourself to fallen cuttings, however, if foraging you should check that it is legal on that land first.
You can see the decorations that I sourced and the materials I used to hang my winter garland in the youtube tutorial below, before you head off though, please do take a while to appreciate how the faux fir garland flows in with the real deal. And do bear in mind not to let the garland hang too low if you will be using the fireplace regularly. For safety reasons as well as preventing the garland from drying out.
I love the finished results and my garland has been on display for a few weeks. I have taken care to spray the real fir occasionally as we do indeed use our log burner every night during the winter months. Please hold out until Christmas sweet decoration.
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Much love and enjoy the tutorial below xx