POST CONTAINS GIFTED ITEMS. Now you all know by now that I firstly love making stuff for my home. And secondly am always on a budget and so when Christmas comes around I have to think outside of the box when it comes to my decorations. I love all the fireplace garlands I see on Instagram but they are normally way out of my budget. I mean people seem to spend hundreds of pounds on them whether real or faux. So I’m going to share with you how I create my DIY Christmas fireplace garland (actually I made 2) dress my staircase and create a display for the kitchen all for less than £30.00!
So what do we need to create a DIY Christmas fireplace garland? Well for starters you need some oasis blocks and trays for them to sit in. I store my trays in the outhouse for the year after Christmas and bring them back out every year. This means I only have to buy the oasis which for me needing 7 blocks came to a mere £12.00 in Homebase. Nice and light to carry too if like me you don’t always have access to a car and have to shop on foot.
ONE CHRISTMAS TREE CARRIED HOME BY THE MAD RED FACED MENOPAUSAL WOMAN!
Next up we need greenery. Now I love Eucalyptus as much as the next person. But boy does it cost an absolute fortune down here in Devon. Like almost a pound a sprig. I’d be looking at well over £100 to decorate the house. And I would still need more greenery to pad it out. So this is my secret to getting enough foliage the budget friendly way. My secret is a Christmas Tree, a real one. I buy the cheapest fir tree I can find. This year Home Bargains came out on top with a Nordman Fir for the princely sum of a tenner. Not quite as light as the oasis to walk back home with though. Cheers to the gentleman that asked me if I was branching out as I struggled to carry it home! He thought he was oh, so funny.
UNWRAPPED AND READY FOR THE CARNAGE TO BEGIN
The last bits you need are battery operated lights which I’m sure like me you already have lurking in a drawer. Some Pine cones and faux flowers or sprigs of holly or baubles. I go for faux as once again, it’s a cost effective option. And you can reuse the pieces year in year out. Lastly you need some garden shears and some gardening wire too. And now you are ready to create your masterpiece.
MY CIRCA 1923 OASIS GETTING A SOAK IN THE SINK
Before you go any further though fill your sink with water. Then unwrap your oasis and pop it in to soak. This years batch for me is to be honest a bit manky! I think I’m the only person who buys it in my local Homebase. I’ve personally been reducing their stock levels for years. After bringing home another seven blocks I fear that with only four now left on the shelf I will be looking for a new source next year!
Right, let’s crack on. Whilst the oasis is taking a nice relaxing bath in the sink it’s time to get to grips with your tree. Oh, and believe me, this is going to get messy. Using your garden shears cut off every branch! God, where’s the emojis when you need them?? Sacrilege?? Nah, I promise it’s what it would have wanted. And it will be worth it in the end.
If like me this has taken you around an hour then your oasis should now be nice and moist (don’t you just love that word). And it’s now time to create your piece de resistance. Place the oasis in your trays and move them to your fireplace. My trays fit three blocks which is just the perfect size for fireplaces.
MY ALMOST COMPLETE GARLAND BECAUSE I TOTALLY GOT CAUGHT IN THE MOMENT AND FORGOT TO TAKE PHOTOS!
Now it’s just a case of adding The branches. I completely forgot to take photos of the next stages so forgive me for the lack of pictures!! Start by outlining the shape you would like. Personally I like height in the middle gradually descending to each end. So I start with the centre back and add an upright branch of my chosen height. Then I add the end bits. All you have to do next is keep adding pieces here and there in line with that shape. When it comes to needing smaller pieces for the front just cut the ends of the branches off.
AND HERE IT IS, MY DIY CHRISTMAS FIREPLACE GARLAND ALL LIT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME
Once you can no longer see any oasis its time to add your lights. Don’t forget to check they work first and make sure the type of light matches your tree if it’s in the same room. There is nothing worse than a warm lit tree with a bright white garland next to it. And vice versa. Now wind the lights evenly through the garland from one side to another. And then tuck the battery box behind the foliage in an easy to reach place.
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK
Next comes the fun bit. Add your decorations. There’s no right or wrong here. Do what makes you happy. Keep it pared back for a more minimalist look. Or throw all the decs at it if you are more of a maximalist at heart. Keep it all the same colours or go wild and have every neon colour you can think of. It’s really up to you. I just use up what’s left of my decs. You can add candles too as I have with the garland in my dining room. But make sure to only light them when you are in the same room.
AND HERE’S THE ONE IN THE DINING ROOM
So there you have it, my DIY Christmas fireplace garland x2. Plus a smaller one for the kitchen. An over the dining table decoration taking centre stage with the Brilliant Bordeaux baubles kindly gifted to me by Balsam Hill. Which by the way are stunning. And a staircase garland all for less than £30.00! What do you think? I’d love you to leave me a comment. Just click on the speech bubble below. It only takes a second and brightens up my day when I receive one. Are you up for having a go? Tag me on Instagram if you do and I’ll share my favourites on my stories.
YOU’VE GOTTA LOVE A BIT OF RED FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON