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Decorating Tips for Using Christmas Garland

Christmas garland is a decorating accessory that adds a festive touch wherever it hangs. These decorations are so versatile, and they're practically holiday essentials. Here's how to choose the best designs that meet your Christmas decorating needs.

How do I decorate with pre-lit garland?

Decorate the inside or outside of your home using garland specific to indoor and outdoor conditions with water-safe lighting. Decorate with artificial pre-lit garland to accent an area with both color and lights. Inside your home, let it hang a few inches over each side of your fireplace mantel as it wraps along seasonal decorations on the top. Or let it dangle from your staircase. Outside your home, twist the garland around porch columns and railings. Or create a swag over your front door for an impressive entrance.

How long should my garland be for my mantel?

The length of garland depends on the size of your mantel. A mantel is typically about 54 inches wide if the fireplace is 42 inches. To ensure the garland has room to hang over the sides, you'll probably want a six-foot long garland. Of course, if your mantel is bigger, you'll need a longer section of garland. For a layered look, use two or more sections of garland.

What style options do I have with garland?

Christmas garland can have clusters of leaves, ornaments, red berries, or pine cones, which provide depth in your holiday décor. Other options include a natural/traditional green color, flocked garland that appears dusted with snow, solid white garland, and dripping cedar branches. With so many options, it's easy to be creative with your holiday decorating. Varying lengths can accommodate the space too, whether you need five-foot swags, nine-foot sections, or a whopping 50-foot length.

What type of lights will I find on the garland?

The pre-lit garland comes with plenty of choices in bulb color and type. Most prelit-garland are battery-operated or timer operated, which takes the fuss out of messing with electric cords when hanging the garland throughout your home. Types of lights to look for are:

  • Clear lights
  • Multicolored lights
  • Solid-colored lights
  • LED bulbs
  • Incandescent bulbs

How do I store garland after the holidays?

Artificial garland can last a long time which allows you to decorate early and long into the season without worrying that it won't hold up. It also means you can use it year after year! Your best option would be to purchase specially designed garland or wreath storage bags made out of durable material like nylon so dust wont stick to the branches. Lay your garland out flat, with nothing on top of it and when it's time to use it again, just fluff up the branches and decorate.

Use garland to accentuate any area of your home during the Christmas season. Although it's super easy to hang, garland decoration makes a powerful punch in adding festive Christmas color and texture to any area.

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