Did you know that you can easily make a garland from many types of plant material? I had some seeded eucalyptus from last year’s Christmas centerpiece , and now a whole year later it is so pretty I had to use it again. This tutorial for a seeded eucalyptus garland is easy to follow and can be created from a variety of fresh or dried plant materials.
All you need is plant material and floral wire. I will tell you that the dried eucalyptus was a little brittle so I had to be careful. But you can use many fresh greens which may be growing around your home. You can also buy bunches from garden centers this time of year. Good choices are evergreens like pines, cedars and boxwood.
Here’s what the eucalyptus looked like fresh. I purchased it from street vendor last year and will probably buy some more if I have a chance, because it smells wonderful and dries so pretty.
The process is the same for whichever plant material you choose. Start with manageable lengths around 5 – 7 inches. Lay your first piece down on the table. Then lay a second piece slightly overlapping the first and attach with a paddle of wire, winding a few times until it is secure.
Continue this process of laying pieces down on top of the last, covering about one-third to one half of the last piece to hide the wire and stems, and secure with the same paddle of wire.
Before you wire the last piece turn it the opposite direction so the stem will not show on the completed garland. Hang for all to enjoy.
I considered spray painting this garland with some glitter for added glitz but decided against it. However I do think it could add a nice touch depending on the situation. The whole project took about 30 minutes. I don’t know if it will last forever but I’m happy with the way it turned out, and since I already had the materials on hand the price was definitely right.