I’ve made my fair share of Fresh Garlands and although I follow all the instructions, they simply want to fall apart. This year I had another idea and it worked like a charm.
Here is the Secret to make Fresh Cedar Garland that stays together and doesn’t fall apart.
I’ve made this before using floral wire and it always looks good to begin with but later it will start to droop. Anyone else had this experience?
I had another light bulb moment while making a dried fruit and fresh herb garland that I shared on this post.
I was asking myself why I felt the need to use floral wire and the answer was it’s what I’ve been told to use.
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Here’s the Secret
The secret to make fresh cedar garland is to use twine instead of floral wire.
You may be asking will it be visible on the garland. If you cut the excess strings, the answer is no. The color blends with the bark of the cedar stems.
Making the Cedar Garland
Begin by gathering a large amount of fresh cedar and cutting your pieces approx. 12 inches long.
Gather approx. 3 of the 12 inches pieces together into a bundle and tie the at the top of the stems with a piece of twine cord approx. 6 inches long. This will allow enough extra twine to tie the bundles onto the garland twine.
You will need to repeat this process several times until you have the desired amount of bundles. However, this will vary depending on the length of your garland.
Lay out the twine Garland
Next spread out a length of the same garland which is slightly longer than you want your finished garland.
Begin to tie the bundles onto the garland approx. every 8 inches. You will use the ties from the bundles to attach.
Note: The good thing about this method is you can slide the bundles if needed to adjust their placement.
The Final Secret to making Cedar Garland
Now that you have all the bundles attached, you can begin the final simple step.
Start in the middle and fold the bundles at the center away from each other and tie them to the main garland twine at approx. the half way point.
Continue to fold down each side until each bundle tips are running toward the end of the garland.
You only need to attach the largest of the stems during this step because you want some of stems to drop down.
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If you need add more bundles to the center, do so at this time. I am placing a wreath at the center so it was not necessary for this project.
Hang your Cedar Garland
Finally, cut off any excess twine from the ties and hang the garland.
In addition, I added fresh cedar to the pine needle wreath for added fullness.
The garland has been up for over two weeks and even after a heavy rain and wind storm, it looks great. See a complete tour of the Greenhouse Decorated for Christmas here.