I think my absolute favorite holiday decor is fresh greenery. The look, the smell…nothing can beat it, right? But unfortunately it just doesn’t last! Every year that I’ve done all fresh greens I’ve been so so sad when it gets all crispy. And to re-do the whole thing is both messy and time consuming. So enter my solution….mixing fresh and faux greenery!! I love how it turned out on our family room mantel.
I started with a faux garland from Target. It’s sold out online, but I have seen it in my local Target recently so keep your eye out! If you can’t find that exact one, you just want to stick with something that looks as natural as possible. A basic green pine or cedar is perfect.
I doubled up the faux garland and attached it to my mantel using Command hooks on either end. The hooks are placed on top of the mantel and I simply looped the garland over it on each end.
I picked up fresh cedar and eucalyptus at the flower mart to add into the faux greenery. If you don’t have access to a floral mart near you…try Trader Joes, Home Depot and your local grocery store for fresh Christmas greenery. You can even take apart a premade wreath if necessary!
No fancy tricks needed when adding the fresh greenery into your faux garland….I literally just stuck it in! A florist somewhere may be cringing at my technique, but honestly it worked and has stayed just fine! I added in the cedar first a few sprigs at a time. You just want to follow the line of the garland and have the new greenery flow in the same direction. Faux greenery is generally stiff and doesn’t have the same flow as fresh, so this is your opportunity to add in the natural movement. After adding the cedar I then followed along with the eucalyptus.
The finishing touch is simple evergreen velvet ribbon. I ordered it from this Etsy shop. Instead of doing bows this year I just draped the ribbon over the garland and let it fall naturally. No knots or ties made it very easy and I like the simplicity.
I love to use leftover greenery on gifts. And also using the same velvet ribbon ties the whole holiday look together!
The best part of this faux/fresh combination though is when the fresh pieces get crispy…simply pull them out! Because they aren’t wired or tied in, they are simple to remove. You can then replace the fresh greenery! It’s a pretty quick task and will refresh your mantel just in time for Christmas!
Hope you found this helpful and inspiring! I’d love to hear if you try this at your own home and if it works for you!
As always, thanks for reading.