Friends, we should stage a revolt. No longer shall we stand for the lame, thin faux Christmas garland they sell in stores. At approximately 2 inches around, it looks like an annoying fuzzy worm – not like beautiful, lush designer Christmas greenery. No one is fooled by you, cheapo garland!
Fortunately, I have a solution and it is fa-REE. Zero dollars.
First, start with some store-bought “garland.” (I know we’re supposed to be revolting against it, but we’re conveniently going to start our revolt next year.) Here’s my little one-dollar strand making my entertainment center look
festive, beautiful and lush pitiful and neglected.
Double it over on itself if you have enough. This makes
a huge difference almost no difference, but we’ll take it.
Now we’re gonna fancy it up with some fresh greens! Head outside and get clippings of everything you can find. My favorite clippings are from these leyland cypress trees that line my backyard for privacy.
Weston also helped me pick some clippings from my neighbor’s ginormous holly bush. (With her permission of course. I’m no holly thief. But don’t let me near your eucalyptus.)
Now you might be thinking…
- The middle of Manhattan
- An arid desert in the Middle East
- A hidden colony under the ocean
- freakin’ outer space.
First, congratulations on achieving internet connection with the Earth, and if this is you, please let me know in the comments section. Second, I have another free solution for you! This is my fave.
We buy live Christmas trees now that we have Weston. (We stopped using our artificial tree because they often contain lead and other hazardous chemicals. Even if we could stop the kiddo from touching the tree, it can spread lead dust on all your things (!!) so live trees it is, until we can find a good safe artificial one.) The best, cheapest source we’ve found so far is Home Depot. (But if you know somewhere better, I’m all ears!)
When you go to Lowe’s or Home Depot (or maybe any tree farm? Not sure), they usually cut the branches off the bottom of your tree as a free service – then discard those branches in a giant barrel. Here’s the giant barrel at my local Home Depot:
It’s like a GIANT POT OF GOLD, no?! Are ya with me?
They let you take as much as you want, free. So we load up the back of the car and bring that stash home. If you live near me and didn’t know about this hidden treasure, please don’t take it all next year. But I can just use my pepper spray if it comes to that, Black Friday style.
Here’s my take, along with the clippings from the yard:
Then just fill in your store-bought garland with clippings of everything. I don’t attach it in any way; just stick the live clippings in to the faux stuff, and it seems to hold pretty well. The variety of different greens adds all kindsa textural fun and makes it thick, full and fluffy. I kinda don’t think you can add too much.
I’m still playing with embellishments and adding garland everywhere. So far I’ve only added it here to the TV and to my staircase…
…but more is on the way!
Have you started your holiday decorating yet? Any other great sources for free fresh greenery?