Create an elegant evergreen garland for your mantel this holiday season. You can purchase a garland in the Garden Center, or make your own from evergreens, like magnolia, pine and arborvitae, in your landscape.
Add texture to the display with bleached pinecones, an easy and inexpensive project for holiday decorating. Try this project and you’ll find that the garland is surprisingly simple to make. If you have helpers to trim the greenery and make the bundles, it will come together quickly. Follow the step-by-step below, and consult the video How to Make Fresh Holiday Garland for more instructions.
Make an Evergreen Garland
Materials & Tools
- Bleached pinecones
- Greenery like pine, magnolia, arborvitae, junipers
- Jute twine
- Floral wire
- LED light strings
- LED flameless candles
1. Bleaching pinecones lightens the color to tones from creamy white to gray. The bleached pinecones are simple to make, just be sure to allow up to a week for them to dry and open. Follow the step-by-step for bleaching pinecones.
You can also use found pinecones or decorative pinecones that are cleaned and treated.
2. Wrap floral wire around the base of the pinecone and leave a tail of several inches to create a bendable stem. The pre-cut lengths of floral wire are ideal for this task.
3. Source greenery from your landscape and your neighbors (ask permission first). Select a variety so that you can layer the branches along the garland. Use hand pruners to trim the branches to pieces about 12 inches long.
4. Begin by assembling bundles of greenery. Start with a large branch of magnolia, and layer in pine and other evergreens. Wrap tightly with floral wire. Add pinecones to each bundle, wrapping the wire tightly around the greenery stems.
5. Cut a length of jute twine the length of your mantel or as long as you desire the garland to be. Twist the floral wire along the top 3 inches of the jute twine. Place a bundle of greenery over the twine on the left side, securing it to the twine with floral wire. Continue along the length of the twine, adding bundles and wrapping with floral wire.
6. Next, when you get to the end of the garland, turn the last bundle so the stems are facing in and the foliage covers the end of the twine. Cover the gap with extra leaves and pine cones.
7. Display the garland on a mantel or table. Fill in with extra leaves and pine cones. Add a warm glow with LED lights and LED flameless candles.
8. No fireplace? You can enjoy the warmth and style of a fireplace when you install a freestanding wall mantel electric fireplace like Wildercliff in driftwood from Home Decorators Collection (shown above).
More ideas for holiday decor:
- How to Make a Tassel for Christmas Decorating
- Video: Make Fresh Holiday Garland
- How to Make a Christmas Tree Dress 3 Ways
- Bring Joy to the Season with a DIY Christmas Wreath
Photography and styling by Chantel Wakefield and Renee Valdes.