Last year over Christmas we had just moved into our home. Decorating felt crazy when we had barely unpacked. I bought a HUGE live garland from Costco right after Thanksgiving to liven the house up (see above). Gosh it was pretty and so big. If you want a real one that’s the place to go! I had it around my stairs and above my fireplace. Well thanks to all the heat from the fireplace and the sunlight that tends to drench our stairs, it was dried and crispy to the touch 2 weeks later. I tried misting, but it was long gone and my home was covered in needles- I tossed it just before Christmas. Of course some environments will do better than others, but this year I am going faux!
Some of the best faux garlands that are ideal for the holidays:
I. I have the Eucalyptus Garland from Magnolia above my fireplace (below) and I just saw it is on clearance! This one doesn’t scream Christmas so much; I put it up in the early fall and will leave it until Christmas! The pinecones are a nice touch and give it a real feel.
2. This faux Lit Garland from Pottery Barn Kids is what I used around my stairs this year (below). I love that it is lit (it has a small battery pack). I just tied some ribbon around it to make it even more special.
3. This Preserved Boxwood Garland is dried and is a nice compromise between real and faux. You can bring this out year after year. I love how thick it is!
5. A great budget / Amazon option: Of course I had to include this garland off of Amazon. I have seen this guy everywhere, and although I haven’t used it (yet), it has great reviews.
And if a garland (faux or real) isn’t in your budget, of course the trimmings from the tree make a nice touch. You can mist these to help them last too.