every year i dream of finding the perfect fireplace (artificial) garland and never can so thought about making one myself. Just wondered if anyone had done it, how easy it was, and where you found the best bits.
yes, me and mate do it each year with a few glasses of something festive to drink. it is a piece of the proverbial tbh
we use holly from my garden, bits of fir from the garden centre there's always tons of it just lying about when they sell xmas trees, a few other evergreen bits from here and there. pinecones, ribbon that happens to be about. i think part of the success has not being to precious about it.
Mine is handmade, but ribbons and bells rather than artificial flower type.
The one that twines down the stair rail is a base of green tinsel that looks like pine branches, I wirein real holly and bead red berries, artificial ponsiettas I jazed up. Ponsiettas were from poundland in the post christmas sales, I took them apart and added florists wire. This year will be looking for fake Holly as DD is almost walking and will defo be by christmas, which is a week after her first birthday.
Made my own artificial one last year - cheap basic strand of artificial fur from Argos then wired in dried orange slices, cinammon sticks and made some salt dough shapes and threaded them in too. Looked quite effective. Oh - and fairy lights through it too. Did our staircase with fairy lights and then a salt dough decoration strung between each spindle thing of staircase.
It smelt lovely! Also made pomanders and left them dotted around as I like the smell of them too.
I make mine each year and also wreaths for the doors; I gather boughs of fir tree- various including larch which ususally has lots of cones attached and wire them together to required length. The add more cones, ivy, beech and birch thingies (name has escaped me...winne!!) rosehips adding until it look very luxurient. I might add slices of dried orange or cinnamon sticks if there is any knocking about but it looks just as good without. Lasts about two weeks so I only do it a couple of days before Christmas