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!
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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!