Learn how to make an easy and affordable do it yourself (DIY) greenery garland that can be used in home or even wedding decor. Find a full video tutorial at the end of this post!
How to Make a DIY Eucalyptus Greenery Garland
- Purchase 2-3 varieties of greenery from your local florist or grocery store.
- Cut the greenery to make 3 different size stems and sort them into groups of long, medium, and short lengths.
- Take a long stem and pair with 2-3 shorter stems
- Place the group of stems along a string of twine that is cut to the desired length of the finished garland. Attach the greenery bundle using a strand of wire. Do NOT cut the wire until the garland is finished.
- Create another bundle of greenery, layer over the stems of the original bundle, and secure by wrapping the wire down the stems of greenery and string of twine until you get to the bottom of the stems.
- Continue step 5 until you are about 3/4 of the way done
- To create a finished look, switch the direction of eucalyptus, following the same directions in step 5 and using the same original wire. Be sure to tuck stems in as you go.
- When you reach your desired length, wrap the wire around the stems a few extra times to secure, cut the wire and wrap around the stems to hide the end.
DIY Greenery Garland
Making your own greenery garland is not only great for adding a fresh feel to your home or event, but it can also be very cost effective! Plus, I promise it is easier than you may think! When you are working with greenery, embrace the whimsical look and “imperfections” and you can’t go wrong. Follow my easy tips and tricks throughout this tutorial to make your very own greenery garland! I also made a video to make this even easier to learn!
What you need
String (I use twine)
Greenery! Silver dollar eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus are great options that will also dry nicely. Other good options include baby eucalyptus, boxwood, lemon leaves, myrtle, and ruscus. If you would like to add some color, consider incorporating flowers that will look great fresh and dry nicely. Some flowers to consider are roses, gomphrena, statice, baby’s breath, lavender, and/or celosia.
Here are some faux options:
*Make sure to get 2-3 different varieties of greenery
Gather your Greenery
Start sorting your greenery by type and length. Cut off any bad leaves. Long stems can be helpful so leave those for now.
Next, you will want to start to gather your stems. Use 2-3 stems of various lengths and varieties to make small bunches.
Lay out your string on a flat surface. I wait to cut the string until the end because it can be hard to know how long it will be. Go ahead and cut it if you have a set length that you want your garland.
Optional: Tie loops in each end of the twine to assist in hanging, if desired.
Assemble the Garland
Next, take one bunch of greenery at a time and attach to your string using the wire. If you are using a roll (recommended but not what I used for this tutorial) do not cut the wire until the very end. Keeping it one continuous strand will add extra support and structure to your garland and will allow you to shape it a bit more.
I like to make the stems point toward the center so the end has a nice finish. Attach one greenery bunch at a time using the wire and work your way down the string. Place each bunch of greenery about halfway down from the previous bunch, working to hide the stems from the previous bunch as you go. Be sure to wrap the string in with the stems and wire as you work.
About 3/4 of the way through, switch the direction of your stems. This will allow for a nice finish on both ends of the garland. When you have reached your desired length, wrap the wire a few extra times before cutting it. You can go back and tuck a few pieces of greenery in here and there to hide any stems or fill bare spots.
Tip: you can make you garland thicker by using more stems per bunch, or daintier by using few stems and spacing them farther apart.
Thats it! Easy, right? Now you get to display it. Depending on your climate, your garland should stay fresh for 3-5 days. You can mist it and keep it in a cool environment to extend this time. The best part is that if you use greenery that dries well (I listed different options in the supplies list) then you will be able to enjoy this garland for long beyond the week that it looks fresh! Lay it over your mantel, a coffee table, even your dining room table! I have this one hanging on my mug rack and it is the perfect pop of green in our farmhouse kitchen!
*Update: 6 months later and my garland is still looking great dropped over my mug rack!
Here are some faux garlands if DIY isn’t for you:
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