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How to Make Holiday Garland From Foraged Greenery

December 09, 2019

Deck the halls with boughs of fresh greenery sourced right from your own backyard.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia. From: Chelsea Faulkner.

Backyard Beauty

Draped over fireplace mantels and hung from fence posts, fluffy greenery garland is a holiday decorating staple — and nothing beats the look of the real thing. We made this beautiful (and quick!) DIY swag by tying foraged cypress and pine clippings onto an inexpensive faux garland, then decorated it with craft-store berries and oversized burlap bows.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Start With Foraged Greenery

The best part about this holiday DIY? It's basically free. All you need to make a full, lush swag are evergreen clippings from your backyard (or a very nice neighbor's) and cheap faux greenery garland (our favorite $5 pick is linked below). We used pine and Leyland cypress, but any evergreen will work. Once you've gathered all your greenery, clip it into 9-inch-long sections, then pile the sections into bunches of two to three pieces per bunch, making sure to vary the types of greenery in each bunch. For a nine-foot garland, you'll need between 20-25 bunches.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Faux Garland Base

A nine-foot, wired faux garland (linked below) serves as the base for our swag and adds extra fullness to the finished product.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Place Greenery

Starting at one end of the garland, place the stems of a single bunch of greenery in between two wired stems.

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