8 Responses to Make Your Own Garland for less than $5!

  1. Love this!! I finally put our garlands up on our front porch, and I have some leftover that I was thinking of putting on the bannisters. I’m definitely going to add real branches, though. I can just imagine the smell! Mmmmm… Christmas!

  2. Merideth, this is absolutely beautiful! What a great idea! When I was a small child, I had many allergies. Therefore, I was never able to enjoy real greens in my home at Christmas time. Now that I am grown and (mostly) have my allergies under control, I am looking to try something like this. Probably won’t happen this year, but maybe next… :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Makes me miss our old house in So. Ca where we had a banister for me to decorate, so much fun. Every year I did something different. Your banister looks so pretty, love how you combined embellishments and extra real branches to fill it out. Way to go. It’s so much fun figuring out how to enhance what you have, coming up with ideas, seeing how to make them work. You’ll have so much deciding what to do next year. You did a wonderful job, how wonderful to have a new house to decorate. Hope your holiday is healthy and happy as can be. Merry Christmas

    • Hi Peggy, I actually don’t recall having much of an issue with sap last year. Maybe it’s because the clippings sat on my front porch for a week or so before I used them, so they weren’t freshly cut? I also used smaller clippings of the branches, so I wasn’t dealing with the larger branches that tend to be more full of sap.

  4. Did you have a problem with “shedding” of the needles? I used real clippings in the past and the cleanup was terrrrrible!! Any tips?

    • Yes, I think it’s probably unavoidable :-/ I’ve heard you can spritz the greens with water and that helps them to not dry out so quickly, but I haven’t tried it. I just put the branches into a garbage bag and then vacuum up all the needles on the stairs – definitely messy but not that hard to clean up as long as I keep my kiddos from walking through and tracking needles everywhere, haha.

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