With all the holidays around the corner, I’ve been itching to figure out how to make a fresh greenery garland for parties and the tablescapes! I feel as though greenery can take a backseat for some people, but they can honestly become the star of the show for whatever it is you’re trying to use it for! Vibrant greens are definitely something that is trending in the wedding/party space too! So today, I bring you a little DIY garland that will take you about an hour to put together! Buy some greens from your local grocer, Trader Joe’s, or if you have a great florist, have them hook you up! I scored all of my greens from my florist since she had a ton leftover from an event, for around $20!!
What you need:
- Greenery bunches – I asked my florist for some eucalyptus and any variety of greens she had. Anything will work guys!! If you’re local, head to the Austin Flower Company to basically pick out almost anything you want!!
- Scissors/wire cutters
- Paddle wire
Unless you have access to a large cooler, I would buy these greens about 36 hours in advance unless you can do day of. I bought mine about 24 hours ahead which was totally fine.
Here’s an accurate depiction of the amount of greenery I had, which created a relatively lush garland that was about 4-4.5 feet in length.
To get started, you want to cut off branches into smaller portions, so you can make small bundles like the ones I’ve shown below. I had some baby’s breath on hand from earlier in the week, so I decided to add that in as a pop of white! You’ll notice that none of the bundles are perfect and are all different! Don’t focus on perfection..the more imperfect, the better it’ll look!
Create as many bundles as you can. I laid out a bunch of newspaper on my table as well to help minimize clean up!
Next, lay out what you want to make your garland to be on. It’s not the easiest thing to transport. It can be done of course, but if you’re already at the venue (or your own house), it’ll be easier to just make it wherever you plan to display it. I knew I wanted it to be on this runner on my table, so I just assembled it there.
Start by laying out your twine.
Put your first bunch on top of the twine because that’s what you’ll attach all the bundles onto. If you do plan to hang this garland, leave some space before your first bundle. Take the paddle wire and start rolling it around the base of the bundle to attach it onto the twine. Do NOT cut the wire. Just keep twisting and going as you add bundles.
Add the next bundle to where it should cover up where you attached the previous bundle. You don’t want there to be a gap. You want them layered in a sense so that it looks like one continuous piece in order to make the garland.
Keep layering those bundles and attaching them to the twine. It’ll start to look amazing by the time you add the fourth and fifth bundle. This comes together amazingly fast and makes such a statement no matter how or where you’re using it.
Save it to make for your next party or the holidays!