Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Shabby Chic Christmas Garland
I recently recreated my den.
Over the summer I painted and did a faux finish on the brick fireplace (and a wood stove).
We added new furniture, pillows, and wall decor.
Then came Winter, and the holidays.
I knew that my old garland wasn’t going back up. For one thing, it draped, and I couldn’t have that with the stove.
I began thinking of this idea for a shabby chic Christmas garland, and just decided to jump in with both feet to try it.
That’s me. I pretty much have to jump in and get right to work, or I over think it, and it becomes this monster on my back.
I love burlap and texture. It’s always been one of my favorite parts of crafting.
I love the texture this garland has, and it’s oh-so-easy to create.
First, you need some lights.
I prefer white lights, so I used a 200-light strand.
Then, I measured the size of the mantle including the sides.
I laid out the strand of lights, measured to my length, then looped the lights back on itself.
Then, all you need is various fabrics.
I used burlap, canvas, tulle, and fabric. I used various shades of tan, brown, beige, silver, and a little bit of lime tulle.
I cut the strips into 2 x 10 pieces.
From there, I began tying the strips around the lights, careful to avoid covering the lights, and just putting a single knot in the fabric.
After all of the garland was covered in the fabric strips, I swagged it across the bottom of my mantle using cup hooks.
I wanted to add more color, so I hooked three ornament balls onto a 14 inch piece of wire, then tied them onto the garland.
I used sets of silver and red to go along with the red in the room.
It made a beautiful garland that lights up and is lovely in my room.