Monday, 3 December 2018

Making a Christmas fireplace garland

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I've always felt that our fireplace feels a bit plain at Christmas, so I decided that this was the year that I would make a small investment and create something a bit more special to help give our living room a real festive feel. So here's how I put together this simple fireplace garland.

How to make a simple fireplace garland tutorial

You need:
Green decorative foliage - I used this Christmas Garland 
Christmas baubles in a variety of sizes
Fake poinsettias - mine were taken from this gorgeous Poinsettia Garland but you can also buy separate artificial poinsettias like these
Blu Tack glitter pens
Battery powered fairy lights (or if your fireplace is situated near a socket you can use mains powered ones)
Bostik Glu Dots
Any other embellishments, for example ribbon, pine cones, small decorations

Instructions:

First prepare the embellishments that you would like to use. I used some Blu Tack glitter pens to add a bit of sparkle to my plain decorations.

BluTack Bostik glitter pens for crafting

I squeezed the glitter glue out onto a margarine tub lid, then used a paintbrush to apply the red glitter to the leaves of the poinsettias and the gold glitter to the plain baubles.

Adding glitter to Christmas decorations

This glitter glue is a great way to apply glitter to a surface without needing to use glue and glitter separately - meaning that there is no glitter related mess at all! You might need to add a couple of coats to the baubles, depending on how sparkly you want them to be. As I already had shop bought thickly covered glitter baubles in my selection I just added a single coat to give a light sprinkling.

Painting baubles with gold glitter

It's such a simple thing to do and it really makes a big difference!

Glittery decorations for fireplace ornament

Next take your garland and lay it out over the fireplace. Make sure that it is the same length on both sides and fluff it out so that it looks full and even. 

Plain green garland over a fireplace

Take your fairy lights and wind them around the garland. It's easiest to do this when they are switched on so that you can check the lights are neatly spaced. If they are battery powered, make sure that the battery box is tucked away somewhere accessible. You might want to use a couple of sets to make sure that you have plenty of lights.

Adding fairy lights to a fireplace garland

Now it's time to decorate the garland with the poinsettias and baubles. First I laid them out in place so that I could make sure they were spaced evenly and I was happy with their positions. Then I stuck them in place using Bostik Glu Dots. These Glu Dots are very sticky and will adhere to almost any surface. Despite this they are also fairly easy to remove and won't leave any residue, so they are perfect for Christmas decorations which will only be in place temporarily and that they can be removed and reused the following year.


Bostik Glu Dots for Christmas crafting

The glittered decorations really stand out in the glow of the fairy lights!

Christmas garland with poinsettias tutorial

I'm really pleased with our fireplace garland, I love the red and the gold which is a theme that I'm going to carry on in the rest of my Christmas decorating. Closer to Christmas I'll buy a real poinsettia to stand in the fireplace!

Christmas fire place garland and Christmas tree

This is a collaborative post with Bostik. Contains Amazon affiliate links.

2 comments:

  1. Oh wow! That looks fab! What a great addition to your decorations x

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