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A parade of felt flowers is a sweet alternative to the usual ribbon and pinecones adorning evergreen boughs. To make the flowers, cut six 2-inch and six 1-1/2-inch felt circles. Layer a small and large circle, with one edge touching. Pinch a set of circles together at the bottom; run a threaded needle through the four layers. Repeat for remaining five petals; knot ends. String finished flowers through centers with a needle and thread to form garland.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have enough felt flowers to line your banister, use them to decorate small spaces, such as bookshelves, windows, and mirrors.
Editor's Tip: Secure the Christmas cards to the garland by tucking them neatly into the boughs or hanging them on the branches with small pieces of twine.
Garlands go beyond fir. Add modern flair to your stair railing with a snowflake garland handcrafted from wooden craft sticks. Use two or three pieces of double-sided mounting tape per snowflake to hold the lacy patterns flat against the railings.
Decorate your mantel or stairway railing with a colorful citrus garland for the holidays. Not just for wreaths, these beautiful green leaves and aromatic citrus fruits create a tantalizing combination.
Seven clusters of boxwood and magnolia leaves hang from a ribbon for an easy and unexpected mantel decoration. To make, cut the boxwood and magnolia branches to the desired length (about 8 inches for most swags). Gather the greens into small bunches and wrap the stems together with florist's tape. Cut 3-inch-wide ribbon double the length of the mantel. Tie knots in the ribbon at equidistant points. Before tightening the knots, slip the stems of the greens into them. For the ends, use slightly larger bundles of greens and multiple knots.
Natural greens accented with oversize dark pink bows set the seasonal theme for this entryway.
Add holiday cheer with this slim, simple garland.
Recycle old Christmas cards and dress up a handsome evergreen garland at the same time. Trace Christmas shapes (we used a reindeer) onto old cards and cut them out. Thread red string through holes punched in the tops to hang the shapes from the evergreen swag.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have many old Christmas cards, supplement with scraps of holiday scrapbooking paper.
For a twist on the traditional garland-dressed banister, try this accent. Wire double swags of green tinsel garland at intervals along the banister rail, and tie ornaments dangling from silver ribbon. To add clusters of greenery and holly, tightly wrap wire around the railing for each cluster and tuck cuttings securely beneath the wire.
Create a simply stunning garland with ribbon and ornaments. Start with a piece of ribbon cut to the desired garland length. Cut shorter pieces of ribbon to thread through ornament hooks and wrap around the long ribbon, securing with a knot. Tie a cluster of ornaments topped with a wide, complementary-color ribbon to each end of the garland.
Instead of one large garland, consider hanging three or four smaller garlands together. Here, two slim lengths of tinsel are swagged at different depths for visibility, then paired with a string of beads (and pom-poms) and a white feather wreath.
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