Don’t know what to do with those old artificial Christmas trees?! Check out this really easy and really cleaver Christmas Decor hack… Turn those old trees into a beautiful Christmas garland, that would normally cost you hundreds of dollars!
Wouldn’t you know it… I was cruising through the online Christmas decor, and came across this gorgeous set of Holiday Garlands and Swag. The set was on sale for like $89.00. I thought oh that’s such a good price, I am so getting these!… When I clicked to place an order, it turned out that each three foot section of the garland was $89.00. What?! It was in that moment, that I decided that I would have to come up with my own DIY…
Fast forward to a couple of hours later, we were cleaning the old Christmas decor out of the garage and basement, when we came across two of our very old, scratchy, artificial Christmas trees… I thought to myself, wouldn’t these make an awesome and affordable Christmas garland!
DIY Christmas Garland Instructions…
To start out, grab a pair of pliers and pop out the little plastic pins holding the artificial tree together, to make individual branches.
To make sure that your garland is going to be the perfect size, measure around your front door so that it will be perfectly customized!
For our garland, the two vertical pieces ended up being 7′ each, and we purposely oversized the top horizontal piece to measure out at 53″.
Keep The Kids Occupied!
(I had the girls lay out the tree branches on the ground to get a general idea of how we wanted our garland to look… And to keep them occupied as well!)
For this next part, you will need some long pieces of wood for to make your garland extra sturdy. Cut them to match your doorway measurements.
(We grabbed a couple of scrap pieces from the the project pile in the garage, but I think that I originally purchased them from Home Depot for about $1.88 each.)
Next, you’ll want to lay your branches and the clear Christmas lights on top of the wood, then fasten everything together using zip ties. (Tip! Make sure that you plug in your Christmas lights and test them before using them!)
While zip-tying, keep pulling up on your branches and lights to make sure that everything is properly secured.
And… Voila! A beautiful, expensive-looking yet totally affordable DIY Christmas garland, plus a little more space in the garage and basement!
I had originally planned to grab up some decorations from the dollar store to jazz this guy up… But with all of 2020’s crazy chaos, I decided that plain and simple would be the way to go this for this year. Whether you choose to leave your garland plain or add some decorations, it is going to look amazing!
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