For Our Old Ladder Christmas decor on the front porch, we needed greenery.
While shopping at Hobby Lobby the other day, I noticed a pretty 6-foot garland. It had clusters of pine needles that looked real plus clusters of tiny pine cones.
When I checked the price tag, I was shocked – $99! With tax added, that’s over a hundred dollars, which is a NO WAY for me. Even with a 40%-off coupon code, that’s still more than I wanted to spend.
My next stop was Wal-Mart, where I found garland strands for 2 bucks. Better! But, when I opened a strand, it looked pretty puny. Suzy-Q thinks so, too. Can’t you tell?
Good thing I bought double the amount of garland I needed. After wrapping two strands around each other, look how much nicer it looks. (Does this dog really have nothing to do, other than bomb my photos?)
It’s easy enough to wrap greenery around a ladder and then secure sprigs of live evergreen with the wire garland sprigs.
We have no pines or pine cones, so I decided Magnolia leaves would be a nice addition. I grabbed my limb lobbers and cut three small branches. Our Magnolia trees need pruning, so cutting branches is a win-win situation.
I literally just stuck the branches between the ladder rungs, and it was done! No wiring was necessary like would be needed with smaller greenery sprigs.
Adding fresh along with the artificial really livens it up, don’t you think? Tell us. How have you’ve embellished cheap garland to make it look more real? I know you’ve done wonderful things!