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My husband and I went and visited Hobby Lobby over the weekend to get some new decorations for above our cabinets. We had everything we needed for our Christmas tree, but since moving to our new house and having extra spaces to decorate, we needed to get some more items. You can read more about those hard to reach spaces HERE in my post about decorating for Fall. When we were walking around the store, we saw some beautiful garland. We didn’t get any that night because that wasn’t what we were looking for.
Fast forward 48 hours and our above cabinet spaces were decorated and our tree looked great! But, the garland that we had in storage was not going to cut it, so back to Hobby Lobby we went. We went straight for the garland. It was really pretty but there wasn’t anything that was silver and gold, just silver or gold. The prices were pretty high, too. I decided that I would make our garland. By the time I got all of the supplies the price was about $15-$20 less and I could make it match our other decorations. It probably would have cost less if I had gone to WalMart or purchased them on Amazon, but I wanted to get it made and hung up.
Making the Garland
I got two 6 foot, lighted garlands and 30 ornaments of different styles. I also purchased some gold glitter leaves to put throughout. They had other decorative strands of beads and leaves that we brought home, but I didn’t end up needing them.
I hung the plain garland up and then used my hot glue gun to attach the ornaments. I have a mathematical brain, so I figured out how many ornaments of each style needed to go on each loop. It sounds crazy, but it worked out well and helped me ensure good spacing and variety across the entire garland.
I thought it looked pretty good after the ornaments were attached, but I still felt like it needed a little more and since I had the materials, I figured why not try it.
Above is the first section of the garland I had finished. I actually hadn’t even started on the one to the left when I took this picture. Below is another picture of the garland before I added the leaves. You can see that it just needs a little more.
The gold glitter leaves came as a bush, like other fake flowers. I popped the individual leaves off and stuck them into the garland individually. I just spaced them out across the garland where it looked a little bare. The leaves aren’t glued in yet, but I’ll do that before I take it to the basement for storage.
I seriously love it so much! It turned out great, better than I anticipated. It took about an hour to finish, but it was an hour well spent. I am so proud of it and it matches our other decor so well! It saved me a little money, too!
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