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Create a Beautiful Christmas Garland Mantel | Affordable DIY

Sharing is caring! I'm excited to share with you the unique DIY Christmas garland mantel I created this year. As someone who loves the magical winter wonderland vibe during the holiday season, I often find...

Sharing is caring!

I'm excited to share with you the unique DIY Christmas garland mantel I created this year. As someone who loves the magical winter wonderland vibe during the holiday season, I often find it challenging to bring that vision to life without breaking the bank. But I do love a good challenge!

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This year, I decided to purchase two new garland strands from Michael's for a total of $40. I also reused materials from our previous Christmas decor collection to keep the costs down. Individually, all the materials were incredibly cheap, but when combined, they created a lush and expensive-looking Christmas garland.

Christmas Garland Materials

  • Green garland for the base (similar) - I found mine at an estate sale
  • Two cedar garland strands with pinecones (similar)
  • Floral wire
  • Brad nails and hammer
  • Dried hydrangea clippings (cut from our garden)
  • Twigs, red branches, and boxwood clippings from our backyard
  • Faux flowers (similar) and winter greenery: Owned

My Christmas Garland Design

This Christmas season, I decided to go for a traditional Christmas look that feels both classic and a little vintage. I'm keeping the color palette to green, red, and cream to achieve this timeless aesthetic. Once the Christmas garland is complete, I plan to add candlesticks and a vintage Santa print to finish off the look.

Christmas garland mantel DIY

Before I began securing the garland to the mantel, I loosely created the Christmas garland to ensure I liked the vision. Once confirmed, I took it down and started assembling and securing it to the mantel. Now, let's dive into the step-by-step process of this fun and festive DIY!

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1 | Hang the First Garland Strand

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a bundle of green garland at an estate sale. Although it looked sad on its own, with some fluffing and the addition of other elements, it transformed into something stunning.

I used this strand of garland as the base for the asymmetrical design on the mantel. It hangs down beautifully on the left side of the mantle. I attached one end of the garland to the right side of the mantel, created a small swoop in the center, and secured the left side of the garland, allowing the remaining greenery to hang off the side.

2 | Secure the Remaining Garland Strands

The remaining two garland strands are cedar strands with pinecones. I love how these cedar strands add dimension when layered with the green base garland.

The second garland creates an overhang on the left side of the mantle. After deciding the desired distance for the Christmas garland to hang, I secured the remaining garland to the base garland on top of the mantel. To make the left side of the garland look fuller, I overlapped the third strand with the other two pieces and then attached the remaining garland across the mantel.

If the garland still feels a bit thin, don't fret. You can use whatever greenery you have in your yard to fill it out. Evergreen branches, boxwood, or holly clippings add a fabulous touch to the garland.

3 | Add Volume to the Garland with Faux Greenery

To add more volume and texture to the garland, I incorporated some faux greenery items we already owned from past Christmases. These faux greenery pieces blend seamlessly with the natural elements.

4 | Attach Dried Hydrangeas

Dried hydrangeas are the perfect natural element to incorporate into this Christmas garland mantel DIY. They create the volume and fullness that I desired. I used a collection of dried hydrangeas from our yard, and their creamy brown puffs complemented the greenery beautifully.

For a natural flow, I placed the largest dried flowers on the left side of the Christmas garland and added smaller hydrangea heads to other areas. This distribution creates an organic and visually appealing design.

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5 | Insert Twigs and Branches

To add visual interest and elevate the overall look of the garland, I used twigs and branches. These natural elements breathe life into the garland and give it a high-end appearance. I utilized brown twigs I had stored for a few years and red branches I cut from a bush in our backyard.

For those who feel that their garland still needs a bit more thickness, you can always find materials in your yard to fill it out. Evergreen branches, for instance, work wonders in adding volume.

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6 | Fill Thin Spots with Faux Flowers and Greenery

At this point, the garland should have enough greenery and dried hydrangeas. To bring more vibrancy and a pop of red, I used faux flowers and berries. From my collection, I selected red berries and deep red poinsettias. With the help of floral wire, I attached each flower to the garland, completing the look.

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Sometimes, faux flower bunches may have additional elements that don't fit the Christmas garland's aesthetic. In such cases, feel free to trim and add only the desired portions.

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And there you have it! The red and green garland is complete, and your mantel is ready to be styled.

REVEAL | Vintage Inspired Christmas Garland Mantel DIY Using Natural Elements

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Creating something beautiful without spending a fortune is truly satisfying. By keeping the color palette primarily green, red, and cream, you can achieve a classic look that stands the test of time. In fact, this garland can be used for Thanksgiving as well if you want to add some drama to your fireplace mantel.

To bring the mantel to life, I recommend incorporating vintage Santa artwork and candlesticks. They truly complement the garland and complete the overall aesthetic.

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I hope this DIY Christmas garland mantel inspires you to create something you love in your home this season. With a little creativity, you too can deck the halls without breaking the bank!

Happy Holidays!

Common Questions Answered

How do you hang a Christmas garland so it is asymmetrical on the mantle?

For this particular Christmas garland design, I achieved an asymmetrical look by layering three garland strands. To add volume, I focused on the side of the mantel where the garland hangs down.

How do you attach Christmas garland to a mantle?

To attach the garland to our mantel, I hammered a few brad nails into the top of the wood mantel and used floral wire to secure the garland. If you prefer not to make holes in your mantel, command hooks are a great alternative. You can also use hanging chicken wire to attach the garland and faux flowers, creating a lush look without the need for nails.

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What can I add to my garland to make it look more expensive?

You have endless options when it comes to enhancing the look of your Christmas garland. It all depends on the style you're aiming for. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Live greenery
  • Dried flowers
  • Dried orange slice garland
  • Ribbon
  • Faux flowers and berries
  • Twigs and branches
  • Ornaments
  • Twinkle lights
  • Christmas picks (peppermints, gumdrops, icicles, etc.)

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