How to create a garland decoration…
There are many, many Christmas traditions that I would never, ever mess around with. In our house, that would be making kids wait at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning for an absolutely unfair amount of time before releasing them to run down the stairs and dig into gifts. Or our traditional Christmas Eve church service followed by a family party at Dave’s parents. I’m sure in your family, there are some super fun, un-touchable traditions, too.
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That said, there are certain non-sacred Christmas cows that I have fun messing around with each holiday season. Things I like to change up and experiment with, just for the fun of it. Garland is one of those things.
Last year, we experimented using winter scarves as garland decoration, and I LOVED it. This year? Neckties.
I wanted to use vintage neckties, originally. But those were pretty expensive, and it’s hard to find a slew of them that would “work” together, if you know what I mean.
So instead, I bought a couple dozen matching ties online.
We are using them on an artificial tree that’s in our foyer, and it is approximately 10′ tall, but pretty thin. For our tree, I purchased 20 neckties, and I think that was pretty much the perfect amount.
I played around with how to position them on the tree. My first inclination was to string them around the tree horizontally, like traditional garland.
But after looking at it that way, I wasn’t in love. So I turned them all on end, hanging them more or less vertically.
And that’s where they’ve stayed. You can see from these pics that the ornaments haven’t even been put on the tree yet. But even without the ornaments, I am loving how it looks so far.
Oh, and the “secret sauce” I use for making my artificial tree look great each year? REAL BRANCHES. I’m telling you…this is a clutch-Christmas move, friends.
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