Adding the Wow Factor to your Holiday Entry Way

When decorating for the holidays, I don’t just stop at a wreath- I like to go beyond the center of the door and show my entire entry way some love!  By defining your entry way with garland and lights, you can maximize the wow factor and create an inviting welcome for holiday guests.  In years past, I’ve coordinated my exterior decor to match my interior seasonal theme.  However, I have found that my monochromatic whites and silvers just don’t give me the pop of interest that I was looking for from the curb.  I decided to step out and go with a brighter color scheme- adding bright traditional reds while still carrying over the glistening silvers for a tough of glamour.

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My favorite exterior decorating project has to be the custom door garland I made last year.  It really highlights the entry from the street and lights up the stoop with a beautiful holiday glow!  Keep reading for my how-to on this great Christmas garland project!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 runs of 9ft evergreen garland (more or less depending on the width of your door)
  • Christmas lights (I used 4 rolls of 180s)
  • ribbon
  • ornaments and/or floral picks
  • screw hooks

Start by screwing the hooks into your door frame- one in each corner and two to three in between should suffice.  (I painted my hooks to match my door casing so they aren’t easily seen even after the holiday decor is removed)

If I had to do it over, I  would connect my three runs together- end to end- while they are laying on the floor.  This would have to be easier than trying to connect them while standing on a ladder- as I did last year.  Then I followed by wrapping the lights around the branches.  Make sure you have them lit up while you work so you  avoid leaving any dark areas in the garland!

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Take your ribbon and cut in 2ft sections.  Stack two strips together and using the pipe cleaners, gather both strips of ribbon and tie at each end.

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Twist the pipe cleaners around the garland branches and fluff the ribbon to create the illusion of intertwining bows. Don’t forget to finish off your ends by cutting at an angle or into a V.

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Add your floral picks or ornaments to fill in gaps throughout the garland.  Make two large bows and attach in each corner to complete!  Enjoy!

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