5. Compress the flowers on the thread before tying
the garland into a circle with four knots.
An Elegant Garland
1. You will need four dozen carnations or roses and five dozen marigolds to
complete your garlands. The larger the flower, the less you will need; the
smaller the flower, the more you will need. Collect a sturdy needle, heavy
thread and some greenery, statice and baby’s breath (for added texture and
2. Measure a double length of thread around your neck to determine the
length of the garland. Add about 10" to the length for tying off the
ends of the garland. Thread the needle.
3.Cut the stems of the flowers to
long. Arrange them in the shape of the finished garland on a towel placed on
a flat surface.
4. Thread the flowers two at a time, facing from
side to side. Add bits of greenery and other floral material in-between the
double flowers. Compress the flowers on the thread before tying them off.
Twine Base Garland
Dainty twine based garlands are perfect for wrapping around pillars or
poles, hanging in swags on a table front or framing a window or door.
Heavier plant material requires a more rigid base. This is a great project
for two people to do together.
1. Cut the flowers and leaves into 3" pieces. Make a bundle of flowers
and foliage. Secure it with spool wire.
2. Form a hanging loop at the end of the spool wire.
Place the bundle of flowers on top of the twine and bind it with the spool
3. Make another bundle, and place it over the stems of the previous bundle.
4. Continue making bundles of flowers and binding them to the twine until
the garland is complete. Mist lightly (do not drench), cover with moistened
paper towels and store in a cool place until ready to hang.
Note: Home refrigerators are usually too cold for flowers and the air
doesn’t circulate. But, if the weather is hot and you don’t leave the
garland in the fridge for more than a few hours or so, it will stay fresh
longer in the fridge than outside.
Floral Foam Garland
The solution to a lasting garland
is using a floral foam base. It is perfect for decorating topiary trees or
making lazy circles down a buffet table
1. Soak Oasis floral foam before
cutting in quarters.
2. Wrap them in long sections of
fine polyethylene sheeting(plastic). Tie each sausage-like section with twine
running the twine down the length of the foam to the next section. The attached
twine holds them together and gives added support to the base.
3. Insert the foliage throughout
the length of the garland. Add the flowers. Use a toothpick to pierce the
plastic before inserting the stems of the floral material. Note:Use lightweight floral wire
to secure the garland to shrubbery.
A Lasting Floral Garland
The solution to a lasting garland is using a floral foam base. It is perfect
for decorating topiary trees or making lazy circles down a buffet table.
1. Soak Oasis foam (water holding foam) before cutting in quarters. The shorter pieces make for a
more flexible garland.
2. Wrap them in long sections of fine polyethylene sheeting, floral
netting (plastic chicken wire) or chicken wire. Tie each
sausage-like section with twine running the twine down the length of the
foam to the next section. The attached twine holds them together and gives
added support to the base.
3. Insert the foliage throughout the length of the garland. Add the flowers.
Use a toothpick to pierce the plastic before inserting the stems of the
Note: Use lightweight floral wire to secure the garland to a grapevine arch form or shrubbery.
The length of the garland
will determine how many flower heads you will need. Use one kind of flower
for a uniform size and shape.
Experiment with different color flowers. See
how they look in different groupings. Add pearls, colored beads or feathers
in-between the flowers. If you are making a long garland to wrap around a
pillar or hang on a table, thread all the flowers in the same direction.
you are making a garland to wear, A lei flower garland,
Pull the heads from several sprays of one kind and color of flower.
Divide them in half.
Thread a needle with as much thread as you will need for the length of your
garland. Use a double thread
Thread the first half of the flowers from the top through the
"stem". Thread the second half of the flowers from the
"stem" through the top. The flowers will meet in the middle.
The Flexible Garland
Symbolizing romance, the elegant, versatile garland
has become readily available since the advent of artificial flowers.
can be made quickly, stored easily and arranged in a variety of places
Create the base by encasing an evergreen garland in Spanish moss. For longer
garlands, secure two or three garlands together. Secure the moss with
Wrap ivy garlands around the moss-covered base. Use fishing line or small
pieces of floral wire to secure the ivy. Cut stems from sprays or bushes of ivy and wrap the ends of the stems around the stems of the garland
.3. Secure hydrangeas, roses, lilac, berries, whatever you like, and using hot
glue. Cut the stems from 3" to 5" long.
4. Fill in bare areas with filler flowers like honeysuckle, forget-me-nots or
baby’s breath. Insert twigs and vines for texture.
If you want to add lights use floral tape to attach lights to your garlands. Use natural honeysuckle or grapevine garlands to make your floral garlands sturdier for hanging.
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