DIY Christmas Garland

Phew...Christmas Decorating is DONE!! ( At least at my house!) It's not even December and I have already decorated 3 mantles, 4 Trees and on Monday, I'm headed out to do another Christmas Tree for a client. It 's already been a VERY eventful Holiday season :)
Here on the home front I've spent a little time updating Christmas.

Out with the Old and in with the new.... Old Garland that is!
I FINALLY have gotten rid of ALL my old piney garland And have moved on to

I am loving my new boxwood garland! I have been eyeing it for the past 3 years from Ballard Design, but it wasn't until this year when Pottery Barn introduced their lighted boxwood garland that I knew the time had come and I had to have it. Then I looked at the price..$69.00 for ONE 5 foot garland??.... ARE YOU KIDDING ME....Ughh! 

I LOVE you Pottery Barn, But not at that price. At that very moment I had an Idea. I jumped in the car and headed to Porters ( One of Two craft store in my city!)
(All you Utah Girls should be feeling bad for me right about now!!)

I walked over to the floral section and what did I find?
Boxwood garland!! The BEST part, they were on SALE $6.69 originally $8.99

The only problem was, they were a bit to thin. But, I had an idea!! I wired 2 -5 foot garlands together stringing the lights in between. And Poof... The perfect Boxwood Garland!!

I used 6 garlands which equaled 15 feet plus ONE box of 100 white lights
GRAND TOTAL ...$43.00 and a few pennies.
(Truly a Christmas Miracle... wink!)


  1. I just discovered your blog. I love it. I love the comment about how all the Utah girls should feel bad about the two craft stores in your town- I totally know how you feel. I grew up in Utah and now live in Oregon and we don't have the access to crafting ideas and supplies like they do. BTW That makes you MORE talented- carry on the good work.

  2. I can relate also! I grew up in Utah. When I visit Utah in the summer, I fill my suburban up with all my shopping at the stores I love!
    I love your blog! It is wonderful!

  3. AnonymousMay 16, 2011

    We will be visiting Utah this summer, from Provo to Logan. May I ask, what are some of your favorite shops/stores to be sure to visit? Love all of the wonderful ideas you share to motivate your readers!!

  4. Anonymous..I hope you get this comment. My FAVORITE places to shop in the SLC area is of COURSE Tai Pan!! I also LOve Rod Works. if you are looking for GREAT fabric the home fabric store on 7200 south has amazing fabric and Rugs! Downeast home is also a place where I find a lot of name brand items like Pottery Barn for sooo cheap! I also Love Roberts and Hobby Lobby and IKEA. Pretty much those are the places in Utah that I like to shop Oooo and Target OF COURSE! :) Email me if you have anymore questions!