Christmas garland is a length of arranged greenery, on average about 9 feet long, often decorated with pinecones, berries, ornaments and lights. Or it could be a string of beads, a crescent of shatterproof ornaments or a length of sparkly tinsel.
Garland can seem like such a simple decoration, but hang it, drape it or rope it around the house and its effect is close to magical.
You’ll most commonly see garland framing front doors, twined around stair banisters and hung across fireplace mantels, but garland also can shine in more unexpected locations.
Here are a few creative and stunning ways to dress up your home with Christmas garland this year.
Christmas Table Topper
Instead of a centerpiece, run artificial garland lengthwise down your dining table like a table runner. That way, every guest gets a glimpse of holiday greenery. The look can be simple, such as an undecorated garland accented by a few votive candles or lanterns. Or choose a festive garland decorated with shiny baubles, ribbons and berries. A pre-lit garland or a strand of fairy lights can add a warm glow to your stunning Christmas table setting.
Is there a large empty space between the tops of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling? Fill it with lush pre-lit garland decorated with ornaments for extra sparkle and shine. Tuck in a small lantern or two, gold deer or other woodland creatures, Christmas village pieces, angel figurines, winsome little gnomes or tabletop trees and you’ll create a Christmas look worthy of your favorite home improvement show.
Frame a Window
When it comes to Christmas garland, why should the outside of your house have all the fun? Use garland around the top and sides of window frames in decorated areas of your home, including the living room, family room and dining room. You’ll be amazed at how much more festive and finished the room appears. Instead of a green garland, use a garland made of colorful, shatterproof ornaments for some extra holiday pizazz.
Border a Mirror
The same Christmas garland frame that jollies up your interior windows also adds holiday zing to the mirror in your bathroom, entry hall or over your fireplace mantel, with an extra advantage. The reflection makes your decorations look twice as nice!
Decking the halls – and light fixtures – with pine garland is a very traditional look, but there are plenty of other artificial garland options, too. Beaded garland adds extra shimmer and shine when strung from a chandelier or pendant light. Choose shiny metallics in gold, silver or a rainbow of colors. There are also garlands featuring seasonal objects like snowflakes or Christmas bells.
Drape from the Rafters
Christmas garland is a beautiful and unexpected way to accentuate bold architectural features like ceiling beams. Just keep proportion in mind. You may prefer a feathery style for slim beams or a luxuriant garland for beefy beams. Drape garland along each beam, or hang it crosswise from beam to beam for a truly festive look.
Despite its relative simplicity, artificial Christmas garland is a very versatile decoration. Just a little garland goes a long way to providing a stunning finishing touch to your holiday decorating.
Find the perfect holiday greenery for your decorating needs by browsing our wide selection of Christmas garland, wreaths and swags.
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