We are SO excited to share our DIY evergreen garland with you today! We LOVE fresh garland, who doesn't? But we both needed A LOT of it for our christmas decor this year, and knew we could figure out a way to make it for less than the tree lots charged. So we stopped by our local Lowe's and picked up a box of their tree lot scraps, looked up a couple tutorials and got to work!
-Tree scraps, cut into 6" sprigs. (You can add in juniper if you have some, on Rylen's we added in some branches with green leaves from her front yard)
-Heavy 28 rafia wrapped green floral wire (Michael's)
-Thin 8 gauge you want it to be thin enough to coil easily, but strong enough to not break (Michael's)
-Wire cutters & Pruners
-Gloves (optional...but we totally got a couple blisters not using them)
Here is a great tutorial that we read before we began.
We realized after making Rylen's (she was the guinea pig) that smaller bunches worked out a little better because these end up ginorm if you don't. On Jenna's the bunches we used were much smaller and it ended up sitting a little better once hung.
It went pretty fast once we got it down. Each took a couple hours, but Rylen's was about 12 feet, and Jenna's 14 feet long. The best part is with coupons we only spent about $5 in supplies for both.
We are thrilled with how they turned out! It's always fun to DIY things you've never tried before.