This season, one of our favorite ways to give your holiday gifts extra pizzazz is to add some fresh greenery to them! This is similar to one of our other Christmas wrapping ideas – how to craft a tiny mini-wreath.
Now, let’s create a small string of mini-garland!
Miniature Cedar Garland Project
Skill level: Novice
Time: About 10 minutes for each garland
Cost: About $20
- Small sprigs of cedar needles*
- Hobby wire
- Jute twine
- Flocking spray (sold in stores only)
- Builder’s paper
- Set of 25 key tags
*I purchased a small cedar tree from The Home Depot Garden Center and simply snipped little sprigs from the tree.
Start by wrapping your present in brown builder’s paper, and set aside.
To start the cedar garland, cut a long piece of jute twine. You can trim it down later, but you want plenty of length to begin with.
Starting at the center of your twine, take a small sprig of cedar, and pinch it to the twine with your fingers.
Wrap a long piece of hobby wire around both the stem of the cedar sprig and the jute twine. After about three full wraps, the sprig should be secure.
Continue to add varying lengths of cedar to your jute twine (securing each individual sprig to the twine with hobby wire), until your garland is the desired fullness.
Once your garland is the right size and fullness for your gift, wrap your twine around the gift as you would if you were wrapping your gift in ribbon. Space out the mini-garland so that it is centered on the gift. Tie with a bow.
If you want the “snowy” effect for your garland, lay your garland on a large sheet of builder’s paper, and spray the tips of the cedar needles with “Santa Snow,” or flocking spray. Let your garland dry for several hours before securing to your gift.
Attach your garland, a few key tags, and your gift is complete!
DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden.