Who knows what's going on with that big frame up there. I didn't want the mantle to be too busy since the garland was to be the focal point. I'd like a mirror, but I'm not in the mood to spend money. Did I just say that out loud?
How did I do it, you ask? Let's just pretend you asked. I used three cheap garlands (one was double the length, so I guess four to be technical). I bought one at Michaels for a few bucks, but the others were purchased at consignment shops. Hooray for consignment shops!
I followed Nester's advice, laid them out on the floor, and started tying them together. Next up--the lights. I strung a few strands on there. Luckily, I had them put an outlet into the top of my mantle when we had the house built, so I don't have to worry about cord issues.
I've been raiding Hobby Lobby's floral section for months (since April to be clear), and I ended up with a BUTT-load of pics (I said butt). I used dried, silk, rubber, plastic, ceramic, steel...you name it, and I just made it fuller and fuller and fuller.
I've professed my love for all things natural before, so that was my ultimate goal. I wanted the neutrals of the feathers and the natural essence of the birds nests. Throwing some red berries in there helped it tie in with the rest of the Christmas decor--I think!
So there you have it. The garland. I can't wait for Nester's garland party, so I can continue to steal ideas from other people!
Stay tuned! My next post will be the Christmas tree. And the garland up the staircase! So many Christmas posts! Oh, the fun!