This DIY Christmas garland is gorgeous, budget-friendly, and smells wonderful. It is a bit of work so keep that in mind before doing it! I will say that even though it is a lot of work, it is totally worth it - especially if you're trying to keep the holiday decor budget-friendly. See the full tutorial for this DIY project here.
DIY Christmas Garland Using Real Branches
This is super cheap garland that I got from Walmart. I used zip ties to attach the garland. It looks quite small on my staircase which is why I wanted to beef it up!
We have a tree line of pine trees so I cut a bunch of branches off of it. If you don't have pine trees, see if your family members or friends have any trees you can cut from branches off of.
Start hot gluing your branches to the faux garland so that they hang down.
They should eventually start to look like this! Don't worry, the more you add the more you will beef it up!
To cover up the top of the stems, glue more branches so that they lay horizontal. Keep adding more layers until it's nice and full.
I really wanted swag to hang down the newel posts on either side. I realized I had to make them entirely of real branches.
To make the swags, I laid out a bunch of branches over top each other. Then I hot glued them together. To keep them secure I had to also use string and tie each branch together.
This is how the swag should look when it's done. You can see the red string and where I tied each branch.
I used my string to do this step too. I had to remove the bow to do this and then re-secure it.
I added a few more branches throughout, pinecones and some other faux greenery I had on hand. I got TONS of compliments on this DIY project.
Remember that because they are real branches, they won't last forever. I had mine up for 3-4 weeks, which was about the longest it lasted.