Skip the traditional table runner for this year's holiday meal and create a luscious garland of magnolia leaves and festive embellishments. We'll show you how to make the garland and give you our best styling inspiration.
Wow your holiday guests this year with a gorgeous homemade garland. Use a variety of foliage to create a full and beautiful garland and then top with any natural embellishments that match your existing holiday decor. We used cinnamon sticks and clementines, but any natural accents (like cranberries or pinecones) will look stunning on top of your garland. Keep in mind that this works best as a day-of project using fresh foliage, but you can make the garland the day before and store the pieces in a refrigerator over night if needed.
Using a sprig of magnolia foliage as a base, create a bundle that incorporates the eucalyptus, leucodendron, hypericum and craspedia flowers. Make the bundles short and thick for a wider table, or make long thin bundles to fit a smaller table. Tie the stems together with floral wire. Repeat this process to create several bundles; for a 7-foot table, we created 10 medium-sized bundles.
When you've finished creating all your bundles, separate them into two equal piles. Lay out one pile of bundles, layering each bundle's leaves on top of the previous bundle's stems to create a full, leafy look. Attach each bundle to the next using more floral wire. Repeat this step for the second pile of bundles, so you're left with two halves of a garland. Lay the two garland pieces on the table so the stems face each other and meet in the middle.
Add in single pieces of greenery or foliage to cover visible stems or wire; pay special attention to the middle of the garland where the two groupings of bundles meet. When the garland looks good, fill in with extra embellishments. We used cinnamon sticks and clementines for a festive pop of texture and color. When you're happy with the finished garland, set the table around the greenery; to make the garland really pop, opt for neutral dinnerware.