One of the things I’m really grateful for in our house is the beautiful fireplace. Every year at Christmas I like to decorate the fireplace with a garland. I usually use fresh foliage, but this always ends up crispy and dry after about a day and a half as we use our fire. This year, inspired by my faux foliage wreath making workshop at OKA, I decided to create a Christmas mantelpiece garland using faux foliage, dried flowers and pampas grass. It won’t dry out, and I’ll be able to reuse it year after year!
To create something similar to mine, you’ll need a faux spruce garland as your base, similar to this one. You’ll also need a ruscus garland and some pampas flowers or other dried flowers. I collected bits of dried weeds from the roadside on my walk home from dropping Hols off at school, and found the honesty flowers on a grass verge on my way to collect some bits for a wedding cake I was making.
This garland could not be easier to make. First, you need to attach the spruce garland to the mantelpiece. The garland has hooks at each end. I have some drawing pins in the side of my mantel that I can attach the hooks to. You might not want to do this, but you could use Command hooks or something similar. The garland is a little longer than my mantel, so I bent the edges down and then up again to create the “droopy” edges.
The next step is to add the ruscus garland. I made sure to wind some of the spruce around the ruscus to make it all entwined. I also added in a couple of fresh eucalyptus stems, as they’ll dry out nicely and smell divine.
I’d been collecting dried flowers for a week or so, grabbing a handful when out for a walk, and I cut them to approximately 15cm-30cm and just inserted them into the garland where I thought they looked good. They’re held in place by the spruce garland, and seem pretty secure. I added some honesty seed heads and some wax flowers leftover from a wedding cake. I then added in some of the pampas flowers which add a lovely softness.
The whole thing took me about 15 minutes! It’s such an easy way to decorate, and there’s no right or wrong with this – you do whatever you think looks good!
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