Interior Design | How to Create a Designer Garland

December 1st is here at last. . .

"Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff. Trim up the town with goowho gums and bizilbix and wums. Trim every blessed window and trim every blessed door. Hang up whoboohoo bricks, then run out and get some more!"

Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite children's author and the world's most genius wordsmith (yes, I do believe he is). You may remember learning to read from some of his classics like, "Green Eggs and Ham" , "The Cat in The Hat" or "Oh, the Places You'll Go!", but my all time favorite has to be, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". It seems like yesterday when we couldn't wait to watch the annual television presentation of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". I enjoyed watching every scene, singing every song, and following along with the script out loud! Even today, that green grumpy Grinch continues to be a part of my family's Christmas tradition. I wonder, could it be that that's where my passion for decorating for Christmas comes from...or as in Who-ville, it's just because I like Christmas a lot!?

It's clearly evident that I like Christmas a lot, and I look forward to decorating for the holiday inside and out. This year we are changing things up from our traditional white light decor to adding festive color and more, more, MORE! Sorry, I couldn't resist adding that little "Seuss-rhyme".  I've been designing 27' of colorful lighted garlands and a new wreath for the front entry, and wanted to share with you how-to create your own designer garland. Although sharing an actual video would be nice, it's only 5:30 a.m., 17 degrees out with snow on the ground, and I'm staying in my bathrobe . . . you'll just have to bear with me while I use my words!

Step 1: Gather Your Garland Supplies

What you will need: Garland (artificial or fresh, with or without lights), floral wire, scissors, wire cutters, assortment of ornaments (non-breakable is best for storage), pine cones.

Step 2: Get Organized

If you are using wired artificial garland, stretch it out and fluff up the limbs to look natural before adding decorations.


Sort ornaments by color, size, style and finish. I purchased a 70 piece variety set in red, green and gold for each 9' garland.


Step 3: Create Your Floral Picks (picks are items wired for attachment)

Wire up your pine cones. Cut a 8-10" fine floral wire and wrap and secure by twisting around the base of the pine cone.  Layout your pine cones spacing them out using an odd number of cones (traditionally 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.). Attach wired pine cones to the garland when you are happy with the layout. Tip: Wear lightweight gloves when handling pine cones, they can be prickly and difficult to handle!



Organize ornaments into small groupings of 3. I like mixing different colors, styles and finishes to create my ornament picks.  Wire them together. Tip: You may have single ornaments left over that we will use later, go ahead add wire to them.



Step 4: Assemble the Garland

You should have all of the pine cones wired onto the garland before adding ornaments (see above). Begin adding the ornaments. Start with the largest ornaments making sure to space them out evenly along the garland length.  Remember to use odd numbers if possible. Tip: Layout your ornaments before wiring to garland. Once you are happy with the layout, go back and wire them in.


Layout your sets of 3 ornaments next to the pine cones and large ornaments. Wire in when you are happy with the layout. Tip: Stagger the ornaments so you don't end up with a straight line of color.


Continue adding clusters and individual ornaments to open needy spaces on the garland.


Fluff up the greenery for a more natural look.


Congratulations. . .you are ready to deck the halls! Tip: If you are installing your garland outside and want to add ribbon, be sure to use wired ribbon appropriate for outdoor use.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my inspirational roots to Dr. Seuss and my passion for Christmas decor.  Whether you choose to decorate a little or a lot this holiday season, you can save significant money by building your own designer decorations such as garlands and wreaths*. Click here to learn how-to build a designer Christmas Wreath.

Well, it's time to push back from the keyboard, get dressed, and hang our designer garland!  I want to leave you with one of my favorite lines from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that helps keep me grounded amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, "Christmas...It came without ribbons!... it came without tags!... it came without packages, boxes, or bags!"

Welcome Christmas, welcome indeed!

Corinne Gail