The fresh green aroma of a cedar garland immediately evokes memories of the holiday season. A lush garland around your front door and windows makes a fabulous statement and looks amazing. Add twinkle lights, decorations, or anything else you might want to use. You could just simply hang the garland around your front door, but then you might notice that one side is hanging just wonderfully, but the other side looks a little unruly. That’s because it’s hanging ‘upside down’. But we’ve got a simple way for you to hang it ‘the right way’.
And it’s easy! Here is a simple way to hang your garland around your front door:
Hammer small nails into the door frame a foot or two apart, depending on the size of the door, leaving 1” of the nail sticking out from the wood. Typically, a nail at each top corner, one at the top middle, and then one or two part way down each side.
Cut the garland in half. The idea is to have the branches in the garland hanging downwards on both sides. Bring both ends of the garland together and then snip the garland in half. Use zip-ties or floral wire to secure the ends that you trimmed, so they don’t unravel. If you decide to not cut the garland in half, that's still ok, but you may find that one side hangs much nicer than the other side.
Hang one half of the garland from the top corner of the door, over top of the door, and hanging down the side. Use the nails you put in to drape the garland over. Secure the garland to the nails with zip-ties or floral wire. Now do the same to the other side, so that you have a double layer of garland running over the top of the door, and a single layer hanging down both sides. Ensure that the garland is draping nicely, and secure with zip ties or floral wire to the nails.
At this point, you can start adding embellishments to the garland. You can add pinecones, or small bunches of various greenery to add some visual texture, or more.
Make a small bundle of a mix of greenery textures, using Oregonia, Spruce, or any other fresh greenery that you would like to use. Fasten together with floral wire, leaving a long tail. Nestle your bundles into the existing garland and fasten with the wire tail.
If you wanted to add pinecones to the top centre of your garland, use greenery wire and wrap the pinecone, leaving 2 long tails. Using the tails, now attach to the centre nail above the door/window. For a balanced look, use two or more pinecones in the same manner. Drape some of the garland greenery over top of the pinecones for a natural look.
Tip: Mist regularly with water to maintain throughout the season, until it freezes.
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