Christmas Garland Ideas, A Story, & Sources

Use these Christmas garland ideas and sources to deck your halls for the holidays! A shopping guide and placement inspiration included.

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Many, many years ago, I bought the garland pictured above, along with a matching wreath. It was before blogs, before Pinterest, and even before the internet. Back then, I found my decor inspiration in magazines, and in retail stores. When I saw this garland in a little shop in the next town, I knew there was no way I was walking out the door without it. It was just one of those things I had to have. The wreath was an afterthought, but I have always been glad it came home with me too. You can see the wreath {HERE.}

christmas garland with pinecones

The thing about this garland and wreath was that it was very expensive. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom on a tight budget. I can distinctly remember standing in that store, going over in my mind various ways I could pay for it. In the end, I put it all on a credit card and was able to pay it off over a few months. What I didn’t know then was what a wise investment this “extravagant” purchase actually was. 

hardwood stairway with christmas garland

I have used this garland in various places in our home, almost every Christmas. I’ve tried different garlands, but I always come back to this one. It’s been around at least 25 years. It has not faded or lost any branches. I smile every year when I pull it out of the storage bin, because to this day, I just love it. Some years I hang stockings under the garland, some years I add ornaments, but this year I added pine cone bunches. White lights provide the finishing touch. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for the garland and wreath, but together they were well over $200.00. At the time, that was a lot of money for me to spend on Christmas decor. 

My point in telling you this story is that you should not be hesitant to invest in something you love, and that you know can be used for many years. Even though it was a bit stressful at the time, I have never once regretted my big purchase!

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Christmas Garland Ideas

  • The most obvious place to use garland is draped on a stairway banister.
  • It’s lovely on a mantel.
  • It can be placed around windows by using Command hooks.
  • Lay a piece of garland on a console table or buffet. Make sure it is long enough to hang down the sides.
  • Place a length of garland on a chandelier. Hang ornaments as an added touch.
  • Drape a headboard, mirror, or large hanging picture.

traditional stairway with christmas garland

When the stairway was finished, the only other place in our entry that needed a touch of Christmas was the small chest. I simply put a lantern in a low basket, and added greenery. After that, I dropped rag ball and shiny red ornaments around the lantern. This literally took less than 10 minutes to put together!

Click for the rag ball ornament tutorial.

entry table with christmas basket

If you have been thinking about upgrading your garland or making a first-time investment, now is the time. The selection is amazing, and it all looks very real. I’ve picked out a few of my favorites…just click the links to shop. 

9 ft. Carolina Pine | 9 ft. Atlanta Spruce | 9 ft. Frosted Mountain Spruce | 9 ft. Frasier  | 9 ft. Norwood Fir | 9 ft. Flocked Castle Pine | 9 ft. Tiffany Fir | and for Christmas 2020, I just ordered two of these 5 ft. Norfolk pine garlands!

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