DIY Christmas Garland

This is the week of Christmas. We are prepping and preparing for a warm home full of family and friends. One way to bring in the scent of christmas is a fresh garland for your mantel. We demo one for you this week that is easy and quick to spruce up your home.

Gather these items to start:

  • Mix of Greens ( great to get at local stores or christmas tree farms)
  • Rope or twine
  • spool wire (gage 22″)
  • Wire cutters
  • Shears

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Lets Begin

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1.  Start by cutting green pieces about 5 inches in length IMG_0535

2. Make piles of all your greens for easy access as you create

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3. Measure your mantel with rope or twine and make sure to account for draping on each side if you like.

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4. Cluster 3-4 stems together and tie off with wire.

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5. Add your twine in to keep your length and for extra security in your structure.

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6. Keep bundling 4-5 stems at a time and add to the exposed stems on the twine.

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7. When you have reached the end of your twine tie the last bundle in the opposite direction to cover the exposed stems and for a finished look

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Drape across your mantle and enjoy..

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We added a potted white amaranths along with our glitter dear

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Potted white Poinsettia and paperweight bulbs.

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Leftover greens make a great addition in a mercury glass vase of water.

 

Merry Christmas from our Family to yours.

DIY Christmas Bouquet

We made this holiday bouquet some time back and it is all over Pinterest. Victorian Gardens Foral Design Pinterest board  Many have been asking what is in it and how to make it. So, here is a step-by-step of how we put this bouquet together.

 

Christmas Holiday Bouquet DIY

 

Christmas Holiday Bouquet DIY

 

Lets get started:

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Step 1: Start with Freedom Red roses (2 Dozen), which are readily available from your local Costco or Trader Joe’s. Red Alstroemeria, chocolate cosmos or Black scabiousa (butterfly blooms)  along with your favorite selection of evergreens. We chose Red Cedar and Juniper berries or Seeded Eucalyptus. Red Velvet to tie off.

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Step 2: Clean the leaves, thorns and any damaged leaves from the blooms.

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Step 3: bundle about 4-5 roses then began adding the alstroemeria as you rotate the bundle in your hand.

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Step 4:  As you build add in the black/chocolate cosmos or scabiousa along with the seeded Eucalyptus or juniper berry.

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Step 5: Add the red cedar underneath to cover the stems and finish off the fresh arrangement.

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Step 6: Cut all the stems the same length for a fresh clean cut and it is ready for water.

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Step 7… Tie off with the velvet red ribbon for a beautiful finish.

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Now you have your finished bouquet. This makes a wonderful hand tied gift for a Christmas dinner, party or cut the stems short and put in a vase for a centerpiece. We hope you have enjoyed this DIY and have fun.

Photo by Alea Lovely Photography

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Merry Christmas

We have been blessed this 2013 season thanks to our Amazing clients and brides. We are excited for 2014 and all the wonderful friends, Clients and Brides that we get to work side by side with. Recently we worked on a holiday shoot and wanted to share it with you. Hope everyone has wonderful Christmas and a Happy safe New Year from all of us here at Victorian Gardens. Classic Cake provided the Cake and deserts and Photos by Alea Lovely, Venue at Buffalo Lodge, jewelry by Jet Couture, Dress by JLM Couture, Sign by Announce this Design and Makeup by Molly Mcpheter.

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