How to Make Artificial Garland Look Real

Cheap garland can look like the real thing with these tips and tricks

Did you know you can make artificial garland look real?  Did you know you can do this for cheap or even free?  Cheap artificial Christmas garland can look well… cheap or lackluster at best.  While I really love to make real evergreen garland by hand (and happen to have one of the top tutorials on making evergreen garland and wreaths), sometimes, I just don’t have time or the will to churn out yards and yards of the  real stuff.  I am ahem… lazy occasionally. Luckily, some cheap rope garland and a little know how is all it takes to make … Read more…

How to Make Evergreen Garland Video Tutorial

How to make Evergreen Garland for Christmas

If you have come here to learn how to DIY evergreen garland for Christmas you have come to the right place!  I have revamped the original tutorial with a video showing the tricks and techniques to make lovely, fresh evergreen garland for your home.  You can watch the video below and scroll down for a list of supplies and detail photos.  Or read the original How to Make Evergreen Garland or Swags post. Supplies Needed 24 Gauge Floral Wire* Rustic Wire 18 Gauge* or Rope Pruning Shears* Gloves*: Wear the Gloves!!!! Evergreen pieces Details: Starting the Garland To start the … Read more…

Faux Snowballs: Soap Flocking Style

Faux snowball made from ivory soap

I had many comments about using an Ivory Snow Flocking Recipe to cover Styrofoam trees and make various scenes.  It made me think it might be very easy to make faux snowballs using the same technique.  This Christmas craft turned out even better than I expected.  Which, for crafting is amazing…  You should see all the fails I have behind the scenes. Anyway, on to the faux snowball tutorial: Supplies 1 bar ivory soap Powdered starch Boiling water Grater Stand or Hand Mixer Clear or White Glitter (Stampendous Glitter .5 oz Fine Crystal Multi*) Essential Oil (optional) 6- 3 inch … Read more…

Dyeing Bottle Brush Trees Really Works

Red and white dyed bottle brush trees for Christmas

I have to admit I was as surprised that dyeing bottle brush trees worked just as well as bleaching them.  The process goes hand in hand so if you have green Christmas trees you want to dye lighter or different colors check out how to bleach them first.  If you already have light colored trees to dye then read this handy how to.  You can make any color but I chose red to go with my Christmas decor.   Supplies DRY Bleached or light colored bottle brush trees (Tutorial here) Natural Fiber Dye (This tutorial used RIT Rit Dye Powder … Read more…

Holy Sh*t: Bottle Brush Trees Really Bleach

Before and after bleaching bottle brush trees

I have recently read a number of ‘How To Bleach Bottle Brush Tree’ tutorials.  All of them had a theme, grab some cheap bottle brush trees, throw some cap-fulls of bleach in water and glorious vintage looking trees shall emerge!!! Kinda Bottle brush trees are not cheap and It takes a crap ton more bleach than anyone says.  BUT the vintage glorious-es-ness that appears is amazing. Now see how to really bleach bottle brush trees.   Supplies Bottle Brush Trees (Try Googling sisal trees too.  Honestly I got mine at Kmart (nope, they aren’t paying me).  I couldn’t beat 21 trees … Read more…