Decorate With Fresh Cut Cedar
Hey Friends! Have you started your Holiday decorating?
Maybe you have already completed your Christmas decorating,
over-achievers, good for you.
Whatever stage of decorating you are in, I have this awesome project that you will want to try.
Do you love the smell of fresh-cut cedar or pine branches?
I totally love the smell and it makes Christmas more Christmasy (I know that is not really a word, but it should be). Ha!
If you are like me you have admired homes that display these beautiful garlands and oh the fabulous scent that greets you at the door is truly amazing.
Since I think the ready-to-purchase fresh garlands or wreaths are too pricey for me, I decided to make my own.
So let’s take a look at how I made my fresh cedar garland.
First here is what you will need.
Cedar Cuttings (free)
Wheelbarrow or something to haul your cuttings in.
Time To Get the Cuttings
So away I go with my Roly Poly.
If you don’t have a Roly/Wheelbarrow or similar item, this is a must-have if you do very many outdoor projects.
My Roly is my best outside friend and has saved me from many a sore back from carrying heavy items around.
I also suggest wearing gloves and long sleeves since the cedar and be a little scratchy.
I don’t know exactly how many cuttings I collected but make sure you get plenty.
You can see in the photo that my wheelbarrow was about half full
Assembling The Cuttings
All you need to do is start with a few branches and secure to each other with string or wire.
I used heavy duty jute twine, which worked fine
A wire would be a little easier to get tight I think.
Continue overlapping the cedar cuttings, tieing together and adding more branches until you get the desired length.
Overlap each cedar branch, covering the jute twine or wire.
Here is my finished Cedar Garland.
It measured approximately 10 feet.
Cut enough cedar and you can also make a cedar wreath. See my Mini Cedar Wreaths>>>>>>>HERE
It’s A Wrap
I just love how it turned out. Do you like fresh greenery?
One note: The garland does get rather heavy. I was surprised by the weight of the thing.
I am not a very big person, so I am sure it was a sight watching me wrestle this thing around when trying to get it hung over the door.
But I prevailed. YEAH!
All done. If you don’t have a cedar tree, see if you can find a friend, neighbor or family that will let you get some cuttings.
You might also like this DIY Christmas Wreath with Pine Berries for your Christmas decor