There’s no shame in using faux garland for Christmas. It’s easy to maintain, cost effective, and reusable! But before you go decking the halls, here are some useful tips on how to make faux garland look real!
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How to Make Faux Garland Look Real
Faux garland…Love it or hate it!?
I’m not sure you can say that anymore about faux garland! It’s come quite a long way from the thin green tinsel-like garland that we used to know. They now offer tons of varieties of faux garland that look super real!
I have been using the same faux garlands for a few years now. I found THIS pine garland at Michaels several years ago and then more recently, bought some faux cedar garland that I’m in love with! Unfortunately this exact garland is no longer sold, but there are so many faux cedar garlands out there now that are reasonably priced!
Even better, you can almost always get them on sale on Black Friday before December even starts!
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There are three main reasons why I started using faux garland.
It’s easy to maintain. You don’t have to soak it or spritz it with water, and it doesn’t leave little pieces everywhere from the branches when they dry out!
Since it lasts you many years, it is way cheaper than buying real garland in the long run! You might pay more upfront, but after you have it for a couple of years, it saves you more money than the less expensive cost of the live greenery.
You can reuse it every year! When you purchase faux garland, you are in it for the long haul! I plan to have mine for a very long time. Even if some of the garland isn’t fully your style anymore, you can mix it with different garland to make it the vibe you want! That’s what I did with my faux pine garland. I wanted something more wispy, so I mixed it with the faux cedar garland.
Now that you know where to get your faux garland, here’s how to make faux garland look real!
Steps to make faux garland look real:
- Layer your garland
- Mix different types of garland together
- Add in little touches of live greenery
- Use elements from nature (pinecones, berries, etc.)
Layer Your Garland
When you layer your garlands, you create a fuller more realistic look. You can layer them so that there are wispy pieces hanging down for a natural whimsical vibe or place them all on top of your mantel for a cleaner more modern look.
Mix different types of garland together
By mixing two or more styles of faux garland together, you add depth and dimension to your mantel or other location inside or outside of your house. When you mix two types together, you mix the variation in colors and textures that they both have.
Add in little touches of live greenery
On my mantel this year, I used both my pine garland and cedar garland, but I also added in some live sprigs of juniper! The juniper came as a bunch and I cut it down to small pieces that I could include in the garland. The juniper had these gorgeous bluish gray berries that matched the velvet blue-gray ribbon I found at Target by Sugar Paper.
Add in elements from nature
Adding in pinecones, berries, or other elements from nature not only adds dimension and visual appeal, it also makes your garland look more real!
Faux Christmas Garland
A few steps and your faux garland can totally look real!
I’m not opposed to real garland. I think it’s gorgeous! For right now, I’m finding faux garland the best choice for me, but it doesn’t mean that in the future I won’t use all live greenery!
Happy holidays my friends!
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