Back in 2008 when I started this blog, I did a fair amount of DIY projects. It wasn't that I was particularly crafty or good at them, but they were enjoyable and resulted in things like hanging vases, sunglasses displays, and painted frames as wall art. But as my tastes changed and places like Pinterest provided a platform for people who seriously excelled at all things DIY, I took a step back. And here's the thing: while most of the projects I come across these days are seriously impressive - like full-on winter wonderland transformations of someone's living room, they can make my attempts feel...less than. So if you've been wanting to add a subtle touch of holiday magic to your place, but with *very* little effort, this one's for you.
Supplies you'll need: faux cedar garland, floral wire, velvet ribbons (and shears).
1. Cut off two small branches and tie together using floral wire. You're already about halfway done. Told you it was simple.
2. Measure your velvet ribbon so it's about twice the length of the garland (so that on each side it will be just slightly longer than the branches). Tie in a simple knot to hide the floral wire. Obviously you can stick to more traditional colors like red, but I find earthy tones like rust and gold to feel slightly more upscale and unexpected.
3. (Optional) Find a passionate assistant to help.
4. Hang your miniature garlands anywhere you need a little festive touch! I think they look nice resting on top of light fixtures (bonus since no hooks/nails are required for hanging), but they can be used anywhere - on top of mirrors, on either side of a doorway, etc. With the smaller leftovers, I made miniature versions to go on top of holiday gifts.