As I mentioned the other day, I used artificial garland when decorating for Christmas this year.
It’s not my first choice, but I do have a few tricks for decorating with artificial greenery to make it look more natural:
It’s a pain, but it can make all the difference. You’ll achieve a fuller look if you fluff the stems in varying directions: up, down and out.
2. double up
Artificial wreaths and garland can be pretty thin. To give the garland more fullness, just twist two strands together. Then fluff.
Last year I used pine boughs clipped from my yard, embellished with pinecones and faux apples.
This year, stems from a red tip Photinia fill out my garland. The red leaves add a little seasonal color and the waxy leaves remind me of magnolia leaves.
When adding real greenery, I follow *P. Allen Smith’s tips on keeping it fresh:
~Once you have gathered the cuttings, cut stems at a 45 degree angle.
~Soak cuttings in water over night.
~Spray cuttings with an anti-transpirant. (This can be purchased at a garden center.)
~Wait a few hours before decorating with the newly sprayed trimmings.
~When decorating indoors, keep your cuttings out of direct sunlight.
~If you’re putting cuttings in a vase, recut the stem again.
*I followed this process for the Photinia, with the exception of spraying it, however they started wilting and drying out the next day. I think if I had sprayed them with the anti-transpirant they may have lasted longer.
Generally, fresh greenery should last a couple of weeks.
I have a few more tips and tricks to share with you next week. In the meantime, come back on Saturday to see my kitchen decorated for Christmas.
See you in class,