I live for real, fresh cedar garland at Christmastime, but I do NOT love the mess it makes as it dries out. I will probably always use fresh greenery in my seasonal decor to some extent, but with all the carpet I’m contending with on our stairs, I knew I needed to go faux for our banister garland. I searched high and low (and almost invested several hundred dollars for realistic faux cedar garland from other sources), but ultimately found that this Hearth and Hand garland made the most sense financially as well as aesthetically. It looks so real that my husband asked whether they were real or fake. Mission accomplished!
I have A LOT of banister to drape with cedar garland, so I really had to weigh out the cost carefully. The reason this particular garland made the most sense is that it’s a full 72″ or 6 feet in length for $20 AND it looks so realistic. Everywhere else I looked, the cedar garlands either cost an arm and a leg for 72″ lengths or they were reasonably priced but much shorter, which meant I would need more of them. In either case, I was going to be making an investment.
Enter the perfect realistic faux cedar garland:
I had to weave two garlands together for each section, as they are a bit sparse on their own, but even so, I will still be able to drape my entire banister for a lot less than if I had gone with the other options. Here’s how I put my garland together.
How to Achieve a Realistic Faux Cedar Garland
- Several 72″ Hearth and Hand faux cedar garlands (measure your banister to see how many you’ll need)
- Green floral wire
- Scissors or wire cutters
- Zip ties
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1. You’ll want to lay the garlands out and stagger them so that the fuller parts of one garland will fill in the empty areas of the other garland.
2. The next step is to weave the garlands together to achieve a full look. I shared a few stories of how I do this over on Instagram and saved it in my highlights if you’d like a video tutorial.
3. Once you’ve got a look you like, use the green floral wire to attach the garlands to each other in several different places. Use your scissors or wire cutters to clip the floral wire.
That’s it! You should have a nice, full, realistic faux cedar garland at this point. You can see how much of a difference it makes to double up on garlands, and it’s still only $40.
Rug linked here since I know you’ll ask.
Once you’re done creating your full garlands, use the zip ties to attach them to your banister. You can choose to weave lights through the garland or leave them unlit, like mine. I don’t have an outlet anywhere near my banister so my garland will not have lights, and that’s okay.
I added these paper stars that are simply incredible and look like they’re made of wood, but collapse fully for storage. I love the Scandinavian look they give to the garland.
The final touch was a wide white ribbon tied into bows at four different points along the banister. I thought I was going to use more color, but I’m crushing hard on this black, tan, green and white color palette.
I thought the doubled-up garlands looked great as they were, but I decided to beef them up even more by placing one more faux garland behind them (it was one I already had…NOT another cedar garland). I sort of just laid the cedar garlands on top of it. While you can’t really see it, it adds even more fullness, and since I already had it, I didn’t have to spend a penny. If you don’t have any extra garland on hand, you can purchase cheap, $5 garlands and just layer them behind…you’ll never see them anyway.
Here’s the completed look with the stars and ribbons. I’m in love! I also love my new King of Christmas 6′ King Noble Fir tree that I plan to use in our loft but placed here temporarily and am kind of loving it. It has that European, Scandinavian look I’m going for, which is perfect since my husband is Hungarian, and I want to give a nod to his heritage through our seasonal decor.
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I hope you enjoy this realistic faux cedar garland as much as we do. It’s so affordable, looks amazing, and can be used for years to come. What’s not to love?
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