Need to spruce up your front door and front porch this year? This Ornament Garland was so easy to make and brought some holiday merriment to my front porch.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, I’m a bit of a traditional red and green gal, with a few funky pops thrown in here and there.
So I was thrown a little curve several years back when I realized that we had a beautiful camellia bush right next to our front door that blooms in December...IN HOT PINK! And if it were just a rather non-descript flowering bush, that’d be one thing. But this camellia saves its energy all year to make on an incredible RIOUTOUS HOT PINK statement, at the exact time I should be decking my front door in red and green.
Maybe I’m a little anal here, but it was really an assault to my senses to have a red and green thing going on right next to a HOT PINK thing. So I deferred to the camellia and began decking the front of our home in a very ‘not so Christmas-y’ hot pink. I made an ornament wreath out of hot pink ornaments with a little lime green thrown in for fun and decorated some mini Christmas trees in pink and green ornaments. I have loved my ornament wreath from the get-go, but never quite got my little trees together. They always looked like they were a bit of an afterthought.
So this was the year I decided I would give these trees some love. Since I love my ornament wreath so much, I figured I would make a similar ornament garland and decorate my small trees with the garland. So, I started down that path and quickly realized that the garland I was planning on making would be just too much for my small-ish Christmas trees that I put in my front porch urns. I loved how it looked, but it was just too bulky.
So I put the garland on my back burner and pondered what to do with my trees when an unplanned trip to Marshall’s revealed the solution. This garland was made very similarly to the holly garland I had made just last month in that the ornaments were attached by florist wire to the primary wire.
It would have a very similar effect on the tree as the original ornament garland but would be much less heavy and bulky. Sold!
So I stopped by Michael’s, which luckily is 1/2 mile from Marshall’s, and picked up some green coiled wire and some 24 gauge florist wire and then went to work. I binge-watched Scandal while I constructed two 7.5 foot garlands to bedeck my small trees. (This project turned out to be a 6-episode project…for your planning purposes)
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It so happens that I really am one of those “never met a color I didn’t like” people, so I’m really quite happy with my pink/green thing on the front porch which immediately transitions to a red/green thing once the front door is opened.
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So find a good show to binge watch and in several hours you’ll have two great garlands that you can use on your mantel, on your tree or any number of places.
If you are looking for even more holiday decorating ideas, check out this Christmas tour of my home for a plethora of ideas!
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