Faux expensive. Like that? I am going to show you how I took a cheap, crappy looking garland and made it look like a much more expensive garland. So much more expensive.
That is nearly 25 feet worth of thick, luscious garland. You go ahead and price that out, then if you haven’t won the lottery recently come on back here and I’ll tell you how I did it.
How to make a cheap garland look expensive
First, gather supplies. I mostly hunted around the house to see what I already had. Then I went over to Jo-Ann Fabric and picked up other pieces that I found on sale. You can create a number of different looks depending on what materials you use.
I started with a cheap, cheap garland from Walmart. It was $7.98, I believe, for 50 feet of fake, plasticy thin garland. I doubled that over and looped it around itself a bit to create a 25 foot long strand. Next, I took some magnolia leaf garlands that were 60% off at Jo-Ann Fabric and wired them to the cheap garland with some green craft wire. (I went back to Jo-Ann a couple times to get the garland at that awesome price.)
I didn’t do so hot on the photographing thing. Forgive me. After the magnolia I wrapped some really cheap faux ivy strands around the garland to bulk it up a bit. I happened to have the ivy on hand, so it was the perfect solution for me. Then I picked up some cheap (sorry, I keep using that word) fluff stuff from Walmart. Filler material fluff stuff.
…And some faux poinsettia plants that I cut the blooms off of. That made them faux fluff filler flowers, see?
I wired the filler material onto the strand, and that gave me a nice, thick garland….that could only be used indoors because it would bleed if it got wet. So I sprayed it all down in several layers of Scotch Guard, crossed my fingers, and hung it outside.
Oh my gosh, I love it. It turned out every bit like I wanted. It ended up being a tad bit long, so I cut it off and used it to fluff up a sad wreath for the door as well. Now I love my front porch so much that I stare at it every time I pull up to the house.
My cost on this was probably somewhere around $75. Yes, that is certainly some money to invest, but it is a far, far cry from what this would have cost me if I went out and purchased a garland like this. What do you think?!
Happy holidays, and don’t forget to check out my other holiday ideas this week! Especially don’t forget to follow along with our 13 Days of Woodworking collaboration starting on Thursday this week and enter to win the giveaway.