If you have a mantle in your home you can make this look very beautiful during the holidays by decorating it with garland. If you have never decorated your mantle before, these 10 tips are sure to help get you started.
You can use just a plain green garland and dress it up. If you or someone you know has a holly tree in their yard get some cutting of the leaves and the berries. The red of the berries will really make the mantle pop and look very cheery.
Most stores sell garland with lights in it, but if you cannot find this or if it is out of your budget you can always just add lights to plain garland. Loop the lights through the garland and try to hide as much of the wire as possible so only the lights stick out through the garland. This will really sparkle.
You can really dress up plain garland with glass ornament balls that match your tree. If you add the glass balls and lights the lights will reflect off of the ornaments and look even better.
You can put candles among the garland that you put on your mantle. Just remember safety first. It is best if the candles are in candle holders that create a barrier from the garland. Never leave the candles burning if you are not going to be in the room. The candles will look good among the garland even when they are not lit.
Stocking holders have come a long way and can only add interest in your mantle. Place the stocking holders first and weave the garland in and out of the stocking holders to add some interest. if you want to make it really personal you can make your own stockings. You can read Free Christmas Stocking Knitting Patterns or read Stitching Patterns for Christmas for ideas.
Angels are another great way to add to a garland on your mantle. If you don’t have angels you can use any other thing you have that symbolizes Christmas for you. If you have a collection of glass Christmas items this is a great place for you to showcase them.
Placing bright red poinsettias among your garland is another great way to dress it up. You can use fake poinsettias for this if you like, but real ones look great. The red and green really adds to your decorations and is still very simple.
Using premade bows that are often sold by ornaments is another great way to add some jazz to your garland. These bows are generally sold in gold, silver, or red. You can mix to colors for added spice.
Your children or guests will love to look and pick at your mantle if you dress up your garland with candy canes.
You want to make sure you have enough garland to make it look full. The more full it looks the better it will turn out.
You can mix and match any of these decorating ideas when using garland on your mantle this year. Always remember that safety is the number one concern and never use garland if it is going to be a fire hazard.
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