DIY Holiday Tablescape

I love the organic and inviting look of freshly cut greenery as a garland for a table, around a doorframe, or on top of a mantle. For me, there’s nothing quite like the smell and festive look of fresh pine when I walk into my home. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial to create your own winter garland.

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Straight floral wire

Roll of twine

Wire cutters


Table runner (The garland could scratch up your table depending on what type of greenery you have.)

Choice of pine greenery- cut in 6" to 10" pieces.

Choice of décor to decorate the garland. I used small ornaments and pinecones, but the sky is the limit really.

Step 1:

Create individual bundles with your greenery. I bought my greenery from Trader Joe’s, but you can use whatever you have. Extra credit for using what’s in your yard! I used about 4 individual pieces to each bundle, but you can do more or less. It’s really a personal choice how rigid or floppy you’d like your bundle to be. I like it to be a little more floppy so it can hang over the sides of my table. Once you’ve achieved your desired fullness (and shape), secure it by wrapping around your floral wire at the stem a few times. Once you’ve made all your bundles (about 15-20 bundles for a six foot garland), you’re ready to put it all together.

Step 2:

Cut a piece of twine to the length you want your garland to be. Next, take your first bundle and wrap the floral wire to both the end of the twine and the bundle. DO NOT CUT THE FLORAL WIRE UNTIL YOU FINISH THE GARLAND. Next, take your second bundle and wrap the wire around the stems of the second bundle. Continue this process down the length of the twine until you only have one bundle left. For your final bundle you’re going to flip it around so that it is stem to stem with the one right before and wrap the floral wire around a few times. You can now cut the wire, just make sure it has been wrapped around enough times to feel secure. Finally, place some extra foliage over the stems with floral wire to hide the stems at the end.

Step 3:

You have a couple of options at this point. One, you can call it a day. The garland looks beautiful as is. Two, you can add some extra decoration. It looks beautiful with added copper fairy lights or with other festive extras. I’ve chosen to add pinecones and small ornaments. The easiest way to add pinecones is by cutting a few 5” strips of floral wire and wrapping it around the base of the pinecone. Then twist the wire into the foliage of the garland. Same goes for the ornaments, twist strips of floral wire through the tops of the ornaments and add it to the garland. Add the ornaments throughout the garland and you’re ready to go!  

If you make your own garland please share it with us on Instagram and tag us at @trueandlovelymagazine. We would love to see your beautiful creations.

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