Spruce up your Store-Bought Garland with Greens from your Yard.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to pull out my decorations and get the family together to make our home feel like Christmas.

Growing up we always had an artificial tree (thanks Mom) and now being a mom and home keeper myself I totally see why. Nonetheless, I promise to always have a real tree in my home because I truly cannot get enough of the look and smell of fresh fir in my home.

I love to incorporate crazy amounts of greenery in my holiday decor with pops of red here and there, the only problem is sometimes the garland from the store just looks so worn out. So I’m sharing a few tips for sprucing up your store-bought garland with some fresh elements from the great outdoors.

holiday diy / heirloomed

This week I decided to pull some herbs from my garden to spruce up my greens. It was so easy, cheap and fun to do. I used magnolia, boxwood, rosemary and holly from my yard, taking little clippings here and there of things that are always in season and tend to be more hearty so they’ll last most of the season.

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Any greenery or herbs growing in your yard would be great for this project, and there are so many others you can pull in like fresh cedar, ligustrum and other non-traditional holiday sprigs that really come alive when paired with your standard strand of garland.

Yet another reason why an herb garden is so useful, far beyond the spring season. My rosemary plants are huge, fragrant and gorgeous all year long here in Georgia and I find so many uses for the springs - from wrapping presents to herbed butter and beyond . There really are so many ways you can use your garden all year long.

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how to spruce up your garden / heirloomed

I cut a few springs from each plant and just wove them into the garland, securing with a little floral wire as needed. It turned the boring, lifeless store-bought garland into a beautiful decoration and really filled out the sash. This project will also get your house smelling great and be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

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holiday garland DIY / heirloomed

Love to know in the comments your favorite ways to use greenery during the holidays.


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How to : Use Vintage Items in Your Holiday Decor

You know how much I love antiques and vintage items. They make amazing decor and accent pieces, especially around the holidays. Here, I'm sharing a few of my ideas for how to set up your dining room an the rest of your home with unique, vintage holiday decor. 

First, you can use a vintage sled as a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for your holiday buffet or spread. It's festive, seasonal and a conversation starter. 

vintage sled as holiday table riser and centerpiece / heirloomed
vintage items holiday decor sled / heirloomed

Another favorite is arranging vintage ornaments in glass vase to make a colorful piece great for your mantle, the center of your table, or your kitchen island. This one is so easy to pull together and looks beautiful!

vintage holiday ornaments as vase filler for holiday table and decor / heirloomed
vintage items holiday decor ornaments / heirloomed

Vintage Christmas Books are so great for the coffee table or bookshelf vignette during holiday time. I also use vintage kids Christmas storybooks for display on the nightstands in the little ones' bedrooms.

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vintage holiday books on your coffee table for holiday decor / heirloomed

An especially unique decor option, I inherited some beautiful crystal pieces from my great grandmother’s old chandelier that had since broken. I absolutely love them and hang them on the tips of my Christmas tree branches each year. They sparkle and shine and add that extra layer of tradition from generations of use.

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The best part of decorating with vintage items can often be the unexpected find. There is always that one item that you just wait and wait for on your treasure hunts... for me it was this Santa suit from the 1920’s. I left the store without it and for some reason just couldn’t stop thinking about it. My dad went back and bought it for me two weeks later and it hangs on my wall each holiday season now as one of my prized treasures. Showcasing these special finds is usually easy because they’re so unique they shine and stand out all on their own. Love to see yours!

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