Glass Garlands for Christmas Holiday Decorating
Check out these novel ideas for decorating with glass bead garlands:
- Place along the outer edges of your Christmas tree branches, allowing the garland to swag in between the branch sections
- On a metal tree, wind them around the branch tines allowing the garland to swag in between the branches
- Embellish a fireplace mantel - especially beautiful in candlelight
- Wind them around a decorative wood or metal column
- Swag them between the arms of a chandelier
- Drape them across the shade of a beautiful glass or crystal lamp
- Use them on a pencil type, thin artificial Christmas tree
- Use them to decorate a lighted topiary tree for the holiday.
- Hang them vertically from the top of your Christmas tree
- Mix them into a pre-lit fir/pine garland
- Swag them across the front of an exposed chimney
- Pin them into a swag curtain topper
- Lay them around the frame of a doorway
- Lay them around the outside edge of a large, framed picture
- Wind them around the centerpiece of a holiday table or buffet
- Mix them in a large bowl with glass or crystal ornaments or colorful fresh fruit
- Hang them from the ceiling and use them as a holiday room divider (remember "love beads"??)
- Hang them from inside a doorway and use them as a curtain
- Decorate around the wreath placed on a door or window
- Wind them in and around garland placed on a set of stairs
Glass bead Christmas tree garlands look better than acrylic bead garlands. Aside from the obvious safety concerns (kids/pets etc.) in your particular home, you are only limited by your imagination! :-) There are a few more decorating ideas in my Christmas decorations blog.
For an approximate guide to figure out how many garlands you will need to decorate your tree, calculate as follows:
Approximate quantities (hung vertically-front and 2 sides):
- 4-6 39" garlands (60"-120") decorates a tree 2 ft - 3 ft tall 2 per side (separating each garland at 18"- 2 garlands on each side)
- 20-26 garlands (600"-780") connected by two's 3 per side decorates a tree up to 4 ft tall x 2 ft wide.
- 24-39 garlands (720"-1170") connected by three's 4 per side decorates a tree up to 7 ft tall.
Approximate quantities (laid horizontally) on a 4 ft tall x 2 ft wide tree:
- 1 - 30"-32"-39" garland to cover each side: front, back, right and left or 4 garlands for the widest row.
- Multiply that for each row assuming they are laid 12" or 1 ft apart going up the tree (one additional row per foot of height.)
- You will need approximately 16 garlands to cover a tree that is 4 ft x 2 ft
- Approximately 32-36 garlands (960"-1080"-) to decorate a tree up to 7 ft tall
- Measuring your tree will give you a better idea of the exact number of garlands needed.
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