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Garland Extravaganza

Assemble holiday collections, fragrant greenery, fresh flowers, or flamboyant ribbons into artistic garlands. Accent mantels, stairways, and entryways with graceful swags of color.

The generous use of ornaments and ribbon gives this garland an opulent feel.

In this brilliant garland, delicate glass ornaments are wired and hot-glued to a felt-backed wire frame. Coordinating ribbons fill in between the ornaments, and oversize bows give the finishing touch. This garland would be equally at home over a door or a window.

The nutcrackers form a "virtual garland."

A parade of nutcrackers standing guard on a stately library table is assembled into a textural "garland." Display your collections to emphasize style, size, and contrasts by allowing them the space to shine.

The artistic mantel garland is an appropriate counterpoint to the massive and ornate fireplace and framed mirror. Fresh flowers tucked into greenery can be changed during the season. Airy branches add height and flair, leading eyes upward to spaciousness. Coordinate holiday displays with your home's architectural style for stunning results.

Let your decor determine the elements of your garland.

Substitute colossal pinecones for ribbon bows. Secure a garland of gently twisted lengths of ribbon, with streamers aplenty, to a cluster of pinecones. Tie each pinecone bow to a baluster, adjusting the cascade of ribbons and adding strands of wired metallic beads for lustrous holiday pizzazz. Various ribbon widths, patterns, and colors coordinate with the decor to create a gala welcoming display in an entryway or on a stairway.

Fresh roses entwined in greenery lure the eye upward along the gentle curves of the staircase. Vibrant red adds cheerful holiday color to the neutral scheme of this entryway. Fresh or freeze-dried roses, a pleasant departure from the expected, add elegance and romance to a formal occasion. Choose accessories with outstanding colors to build a welcoming focal point for guests.

This stairway garland makes a beautiful transition from fall to winter.

When you're doubly blessed with nature's bounty, display it to welcome family and guests. Sheaves of wheat are entwined with assorted fresh greenery for an inviting contrast. The bundled sheaf on the table next to the staircase carries out the theme of farewell to fall and welcome to winter. Grasses with full, colorful plumes could be tucked into fresh pine boughs for a similar effect.

Here's the perfect recipe for sweet-scented dreams.

Peaceful dreams of fragrant holiday scents are assured in this pleasant bedroom setting. Nature's most restful color, at home in any room of the house, is especially welcome where it's least expected. Surprise holiday guests or treat yourself to a headboard swag made from soft-needled pine boughs and a wreath made from aromatic bay or salal leaves. Tie pine boughs together with fabric-covered florist wire for a generous length of swag. Gracefully loop the swag over the headboard, wrapping it around the side or allowing it to drape to the floor.

Secure a ribbon loop on the back of the wreath to loop over a knob or to hang from a tack on the back of a wooden headboard. The swag and wreath are easily removed to hang on a wall or around a mirror.

The everlasting beauty of fresh greenery brought indoors instills holiday spirit and signifies the hope of growth and rejuvenation in the seasons ahead. Sweet dreams!

Even your wind chimes can dress for the holidays.

Pinecones, such beautiful shapes and textures, naturally pair with holiday greenery. Even without the evergreens, pinecones are significant design elements with unlimited potential.

The wintry edition of a wind chime contributes subtle color and tone to a porch or overhang as the garland swings in the breeze. Gathered pinecones, inverted terra-cotta pots with clappers, and pine sprigs are gathered with twine and hung for a rustic, musical garland.

Jingle all the way!

Supporting the belief that garlands can be made of many materials and swagged almost anywhere, holly leaves are strung together with tiny jingle bells. Narrow red ribbons loop the garland on the chair back and secure a jolly ornament. The garland will stay fresh for weeks.

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