How to Make a Greenery Garland

Turn simple greenery into a gorgeous tabletop garland with our easy step-by-step instructions. Your guests won't believe you made this luxurious centerpiece yourself!

Drape this garland down the center of the table to create a stunning tablescape, or add it to a mantel to add a rustic charm to your living space. For an added pop of color, tuck in a few fresh floral blooms to tie the centerpiece to the rest of your decor. 

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What You'll Need

  • Floral wire
  • Eucalyptus
  • Plumosus
  • Pittosporum
  • Salal

How to Make It

1. Create bundles that incorporate of all of your greens, and use floral wire to attach the stems. The size of the bundles should depend on how wide you want the finished garland to be. For a garland that will sit on a wide dinner table, you'll want to make thicker bundles. If you're making the garland to sit atop a thin mantle, make longer and thinner bundles. Place a bundle or two on your surface before finishing all the bundles to test the length and thickness. 

2. To create the garland, overlap two bundles and tie them together with floral wire or green floral tape. The second bundle should sit about halfway down the first bundle, covering the bundle's wire and stems. You'll attach the bundles by wrapping both stems, so the top bundle will need to sit high enough on the bottom bundle to attach a good portion of it's stems. Continue this process until the garland is almost as long as you'd like the finished piece to be. 

3. Attach 2-3 remaining bundles together using wire or tape to create one final grouping of bundles. This will become the end of the garland. Place the group of bundles over the end of the garland, with their stems facing the opposite direction as the line of bundles you've already created. Tuck the stems as far under the bundles leaves as possible so the greenery looks as seamless as possible. Bind the stems with wire or tape. 

4. Add single sprigs of greenery to the garland, paying special attention to the area where the opposite-facing stems meet to cover any exposed stems. Use this process to fill out the rest of the garland, adding new pieces to fill any holes and cover exposed wire or tape. Continue filling with individual pieces until you like the fullness. Use longer pieces to add width to the garland if it is thinner than you would like. If the garland has already reached the thickness you want, use shorter sprigs to cover areas without adding extra width. 

5. Add the garland to your tabletop or display location. Because the bundles are attached together at the ends, the garland is best displayed on a flat surface so no bundles fall out of the formation. Keep a few extra pieces of greenery in the refrigerator to freshen up the arrangement if you plan to keep it out for a long period of time. 

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3 Comments

  1. Looks great and easy

  2. I would love to make this garland, but I’m wondering where to get the
    Eucalyptus, Plumosus,Pittosporum and Salal, and even if I find them, will they be inexpensive enough to make this DIY project worth my time spent putting it together?

    1. Trader Joe's also has these fresh all the time. They are very inexpensive.

    2. I ordered greenery form Sams Club online for my granddaughters wedding. They were cheap enough and a lot more than I expected. They lasted a lone time

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to make it.



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