On the fifth day of Christmas, The New House gave to me…a brand new way to “fake” mantel garland! Good quality garland is SO expensive! Five feet of lush fluffy garland with berries and pine cones runs about $50.00! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got presents to buy. There is no room in my wallet for fifty dollars worth of fake tree sprigs. You could go out to the yard and cut pieces of your own trees and make a nice mantel garland, but it’s messy, sticky, and doesn’t last very long. So how did I make my mantel look so full on a budget? I have a secret…single branches from the floral department of craft stores.
A good quality floral grouping will have different kinds of tree branches mixed together. Some have berries and pine cones, and others have fake snow. These usually run about $5-$7 each and during the month of December, most stores have them 50% off. I purchased 6 pieces of three different styles for under $20 at Hobby Lobby. I call that a deal!
First, lay out the outside branches. The key is to work your way in. Then fill in the spaces with your decor.
The end result looks really expensive and fills up the whole mantel.
Give it a try! You’ll never buy garland for shelving, mantels, and tables again.