Last week after I decorated the mantle in my living room and then went over to my mom's place to decorate hers I decided I was a garland expert.
The fireplace before I added the garland.
So when my friend Treya was having a Christmas cookie decorating evening with her kids and she invited me to hang out I said, "Do you have your tree up yet?"
She said "No, I have a fake purple one, but my kids would love it if we had a real one".
I said "Well pick one up along with some garland for your fireplace and I'll decorate it for you,"
Specifically I was going to show you how to how to add the wire mesh ribbon (below). This is how wide it is now, but don't let that fool you, it shrinks up and adds all kinds of volume to a tree in addition to a garland around your mantle. It's a way better effect than skinny wired ribbon.
We picked up this gold roll from Superstore.
We bought two 9 ft garlands, attached them together and here they are with white lights. Treya's house is in a beautiful setting, among super tall cedar trees which are lit up at night. It's mostly wood inside. Wood floors, stairs, walls and feels like a contemporary log house.
Here's one side of the garland with the wire mesh ribbon. As soon as I had wrapped it, I stood back and said 'This looks like we're about to have a wedding'. It's very bad.
Granted it would have had lots of balls and everything before it was finished but with the rustic concrete fireplace and all the wood, simple was definitely best in this scenerio.
I went back to the simple look and feel with just a few red and natural twig balls and some wire ribbon in the middle (below).
And here's the tree all done in red and silver!
So the lesson here is that if you have a house with lots of wood everywhere, your garland will be the easiest to decorate. Make sure you buy a substantial looking one that comes with pine cones attached, some lights, and bob's your uncle!
Skip the sparkly wire mesh garland. You don't need it, haha!
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