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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Greenery: Garland

If you've been following along here for a while you know I am and always will be #teamfake when it comes to holiday greenery. I love a good houseplant, but pine needles just aren't my jam (being allergic doesn't help either). So far, we've talked trees and wreaths [If you missed it, you can read them HERE] and now it's time to talk garland. As with any faux greenery, there's a variety of styles with different features available just about anywhere this time of year. It can be overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is fight the shopping crowds only to get home and discover you've got it all wrong and you need to head back to the store to return it. So, I'm sharing some tips to help you measure accurately, make the right selections, and shop smarter this holiday season!


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Garlands are often seen on mantels, around doors, or adorning the railing coming down the stairs. They're a beautiful way to add warmth and style to your home. But, these beauties can fall flat or feel like quite a chore to put up if you're working with the wrong size.

Size Matters

Here's a little guide to help you figure out what size garland you need depending on where you plan to place it:


"How much garland do I need?"

PRO TIP: Use string or yarn as a placeholder. The length you end up with should be the same size you need for your garland.

  • To wrap around an object (like the railing on your stairs), use twice as much length of foliage as the height of the object.

  • For a flat surface, give yourself approximately 2 feet on each end to hang off the edge for a natural draped look.

  • Make sure the garland’s thickness doesn’t overwhelm the area. On the other hand, if your garland isn't thick enough to fill the area, consider double layers or add filler picks for added fullness.


Don't Forget to Fluff!

Next, be sure to give your garland a good fluff! Here's how it's done:

  1. Straighten out any bends in the garland from storage.

  2. Make sure that the "spine" of your garland is facing downward.

  3. Work your way from one end of the garland to the other.

  4. Shape each tip in the same direction and lift them to create layers.

  5. After shaping, stand back and check for any stray tips.

  6. For decorated garlands (or if you're going to DIY a little "somethin' somethin' " into your all-green garland), adjust the tips to make sure the accents are visible and evenly placed for a cohesive look.

  7. Take look at all angles and make sure you're happy with the look before you hang it.

Hang In There, Garland!

Speaking of hanging it, here are a few tips on how to hang your garland without drilling holes in your walls or doors:

  1. Use an adhesive hook. Be sure your surface is clean and dry before you apply the adhesive. Place the hooks on the outer side of the handrail or around the door trim, position the garland onto them, and fluff as needed to hide the hooks. [Always check the weight limit on your hooks before using them to prevent damage to your wall and your garland!]

  2. Use a nylon fishing line to attach to the stair rail. To do this, secure a loop with a good knot onto the banister first. Then, repeat the same thing at the other end of the stair rail. Lastly, secure the center of the garland with some slack on either side to create an effortlessly draped look.

  3. Use a garland hanger (yes, it's a thing, I promise. And I'll link one below!). These tension rod design gadgets fit into the door jam and help to secure the weight of the garland overhead. Then, simply secure the sides with an adhesive hook, fluff, and done!

Shop My Favorites

Now that we know how to measure and what size we need, how to fluff it, and how to hang it - we need... THE GARLAND. I've curated a list of my favorites for you below! Simply click the images to shop these looks and get the deets on all my favorite garlands. Oh, and when your holiday guests arrive and "ooh" and "ahh" your gorgeous decor hung perfectly for all to see? Tell them you know a girl who can help them, too!

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Until next time, friends.


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