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Time for a Christmas confession: I have never decorated with evergreen garlands. Because in my mind, that was so old school and traditional and I wanted something different and original! But there’s a reason it’s a Christmas classic and now that I’m coming around to the whole look, I’ve pulled together some fun ways to use this natural beauty in an all-new way.

The graphic designer in me loves anything bold and statement-making, and this beautiful DIY star wreath on a Finnish blog is simply stunning.

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I especially love the pop of color and contrast against the white brick. (source)

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The breakfast nook via BHG above is simple and chic. It provides the perfect backdrop for a simple evergreen garland dotted with tiny decorative mittens. It echoes the gentle archway of the woodwork around the window and accents the architecture and overall feels subtly festive without going overboard.

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Another vote for simple and chic! Drape your evergreen garland generously but simply on a long mantel and embellish with natural textiles and subtle sheen.

Ready for a twist on a classic? This succulent garland is such a fantastic new spin on a traditional classic. I love the different display of colors and textures in this garland. Perfect for a beach house or a desert getaway.

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But if you’re of the black thumb variety, how about an all-paper garland? Stunning, colorful, graphic and bold — and it never requires watering! (source)

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In a more rustic vein, a found branch brings the outdoors in when mounted on the wall. So pretty with all the red and natural tones.

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Looking for something a little more glam? Weave striped ribbons through your garland and accent it with loads of glitter and sparkle. (source)

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Minimalists will appreciate the way boughs of greenery accent door frames and windows without going overboard. This is also a great solution for renters or those who don’t want to mess with a Christmas tree.

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When used with a stack of white cake plates, doesn’t this little embellishment of greenery below bring Christmas trees to mind? Simple, chic, and sweet. (source)

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Monochromatic and simple, this greenery houses the family’s Christmas cards as well as some subtle shiny little ornaments.

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But my most favorite unexpected use of all is by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day. She DIY’d this fun typographic JOY garland that’s perfectly at home over the fireplace. This particular one is faux greenery, but you could probably also render it in a live garland.


Welcome to my first blog post as part of the Better Homes and Gardens team! I’m excited to share all of the awesome crafts, projects, fashion and trends I find on our BHG Insiders blogs with you!

I’ve always been a huge fan of outrageous colors and bold patterns, both of which were indulged with this super cute DIY Painted Empire Chandelier from The Creativity Exchange. Not only does it immediately liven up a room, it brightens on a budget.

I am completely obsessing over these Animal Memo Holder Gifts from Sugar & Cloth. The gold paint adds a touch of elegance to this fun idea.

These hanging spice jar organizers from Krafty Kath make organizing look fun, even for those of us who live our lives with a little bit of extra clutter. Easy, convenient, and customizable, these jars come in handy for all of those little knick knacks lying around the house.

 

I’m all about fixing up old furniture, and am adoring this Martha Washington Sewing Table I spotted on Silver Pennies. The pop of blue against the neutral wood gives it a cool, refreshed and younger feel that would do wonders for any piece needing some extra love.

 

And lastly, I really love this DIY tassle garland by Pizzazzerie. What a fun way to add some flair to a room or party with only four materials!

 

 

 


Trend: Beautiful garlands! 

Everywhere I look I see leaves covering the ground, but here and there I’ll spy a flower holding onto it’s bloom for just a little bit longer. The last little bits of summer are still here, mixed with fall. That’s what inspired this sweet thing. Here’s how you can make it for yourself…

Supplies:

- 2 felt sheets of each color you use (I used 3 colors)

- 1 sheet of red felt

- 3 yards of baker’s twine or yarn

- hot glue

- scissors

Directions:

- Choose a main color and cut out 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles (no worries about making the circles perfectly even). For the last two colors cut out 1″ diameter circles from one sheet and 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles from the other sheet.

- To make the first flower type, glue one felt circle in half. Fold again and glue. Glue the corners of about 5 to 8 folded circles together. Glue the flowers onto the baker’s twine as you go along. Repeat.

- To make the second flower type cut little strips into one side of 8 – 10 circles. Glue the uncut ends together. Glue onto the twine as you go along.

- Grab your red felt and cut tiny 1/2 inch circles. Glue onto baker’s twine as you go along.

- Hang and enjoy!

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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