Christmas garlands are an important part of Christmas decoration. They are easy to make and you can find the most important materials (evergreen trimmings, pine cones) in your own back yard.
Tools and Materials:
- Evergreen trimmings
- Pine cones
- Garden shears
- One or more Styrofoam balls (depending on how many cone rosettes you want to put on the garland, you will make 2 rosettes out of each ball)
Step 1 - Purchase and Preparing the Materials
Gather the evergreen trimmings from your garden or obtain these by trimming your Christmas tree. Gather some pine cones or buy them at a local craft store. If you have gathered the pine cones, it is best to keep them in the refrigerator in zipped plastic bags overnight, to kill whatever insects might still be inside them.
Step 2 – Cut the Trimmings
Cut the trimmings to the same length. Six inches or a little more will work best.
Step 3 – Prepare a Base for the Garland
Lay the twine on a flat surface tying a loop at one end. Attach the wire (floral wire) to the loop. Do not unravel all the wire when you start, you will unravel it as you go.
Step 4 – Attach the Evergreen Bunches
Place several evergreen pieces together. The more pieces you put in a bunch, the richer the garland will look. The garland should be thick enough to support the weight of the cones.
Put the evergreen bundle at the end of the twine, with the foliage pointing toward the loop.
Wrap the wire around the stems and twine, securing them in place.
You will attach the next bundle so that the foliage covers the stems of the first.
Do the same with the next bundle, until you reach the desired length. Remember to place all bundles with the stems facing the same way.
Step 5 – Secure the Garland
When reaching the desired length (the end of the twine), tie the wire by twisting it around the stem of the last bundle. Tie the wire and twine together. Leave a few inches of wire free, so you can use it to attach the garland. Cut the wire using the shears.
Step 6 – Prepare the Base for the Cone Rosettes
Cut one styrofoam ball in half. Paint it with glue all over. Cut some wire in several small pieces, about 5 inches long.
Step 7 – Attach the Cones to the Styrofoam Base
Wrap wire around the base of each cone, leaving ends loose. Attach each cone to the Styrofoam by piercing it with both ends of the wire. Then twist the 2 ends and fold them flat.
Add as many cones as you need to completely cover the styrofoam. Don’t cover the flat side; only the flattened wire should be visible.
Step 8 – Attach the Cone Rosettes to the Garland
Use the wire on the flat side of the styrofoam to attach them to the garland.