This is a really pretty garland to make and fairly easy as well if you want to get the children involved. It can be hung in a window, on a mantelpiece or even draped on the branches of your Christmas tree.
You will need:
- a selection of dried fruit slices – oranges, apples, etc (see our tutorial on how to dry your own!)
- bay or holly leaves
- cinnamon sticks
- scraps or ribbon or fabric
- fir cones
- long piece of twine or wire
- a kebab stick!
Start with your twine or wire. You will need approx 3 times the length that you want the finished garland to be. I used bind-wire, a thin wire covered in paper that has a very rustic look. But you could use an uncovered wire or even just plain twine. If you use twine you may find it easier to have a large darning needle to thread it through the fruit.
You can be as uniform or as random as you like when threading your items on. To stop the garland gathering up in the middle when you hang it, make sure you twist or tie the wire every couple of items to keep them in place.
If you are using whole dried fruits it makes life easier to use a kebab stick to poke a large hole through two of the slits so your wire is easily inserted.
I like to use holly or bay leaves in my garlands for a splash of bright green – evergreen leaves such as these won’t wilt, but may lose their brightness over time. Use the kebab stick to pierce a hole in the leaves for the wire to go through.
To attach the pine cones, push the wire under the scales of the cone and twist firmly.
The ribbon is handy to use to fill in any gaps after you have threaded all of your items on.
Now all you need to do is find somewhere to place your garland! I think I am going to make a bigger version of this one to hang on my mantelpiece this Christmas. I would love to see what you create from these tutorials so please feel free to email me pictures!