In years gone by, householders would gather the fruits and branches of evergreen, such as pine, laurel and holly to decorate the interiors and exteriors of their property. These days, it’s much more convenient to invest in luxury Christmas garlands. There are loads of advantages.
Of course, not everyone has the time or the access to the right plants to create their own Christmas garland. It is far easier these days to purchase faux decorations from the high street stores. Even better, look on the internet where you’ll find a much wider choice, and where comparing prices and ordering can be done from the comfort of your own home, always a bonus when the winter weather outside is wet and windy.
You will find that there is a vast array of designs available, and you can even get free samples and gift vouchers, so you can choose the Christmas garlands that you find most aesthetically pleasing and to suit the style of your existing decorations and your property. Traditional homes, for example, look great with the customary greenery and berries of the garlands of yore. Homeowners of more modern properties may opt for the more chic look of silver and white decorations. Whichever you choose, there are real benefits to buying artificial over real products too. Not only do you avoid the issue of disposing of the real but withered branches in January, but also you can store these artificial versions for use again in years to come, making them the more economical and environmentally-friendly choice.
Further Considerations When Buying
When choosing your decorations, the first decision is between the real thing and artificial garlands. The beauty of using faux foliage is that it is more durable and therefore more cost-effective in the long term than real garlands constructed of natural materials. It’s important to note that not all Christmas garland is suitable for affixing to the exterior of your home, though. You should look particularly for ones that advertise themselves as being suitable for outdoor use. These will be constructed more solidly and will wear better outside, no matter what the weather may throw at them. It is doubly important to look for this reassurance if you are purchasing pre-lit options. If decorations such as this feature fairy lights, they need to be safe to use in damp conditions, otherwise you run the risk of the lights failing very quickly when exposed to moisture. They can additionally be a fire hazard. But where can you fix your Christmas garlands once you have chosen suitable options? Anywhere at all! Many people run them through fences or along the top of a run of iron railings. You could festoon them across a doorway in decorative swags or use them to decorate an outside Christmas tree. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination.
How To Affix A Garland Safely To Your Property
Outdoor Christmas garlands are a great way to decorate the outside of your home. It demonstrates that you are full of the festive spirit and gives a lift to passers-by, not to mention being a good way to welcome guests at this time of year. But one thing that defeats most people is how to fix it correctly.
At this time of the year, we often suffer from high winds and driving rain, and nothing looks less attractive than bedraggled Christmas garlands loosely blowing in the breeze. How you fix it securely so that it doesn’t become unsightly will of course depend on where you are placing it. A good solution for fences or hedges, if you wish to ornament these with festive drapes of garland is to use small cable ties or wire twists. These can be easily bought from any hardware store or the garden section of a local budget shop. Loop either around the garland and secure it at regular intervals along the fence or hedge. If you are positioning Christmas garland around your doorway, it will depend on what the fabric is made of.
Wooden doorframes can easily have ceiling or screw eye hooks screwed into them. To make sure you don’t damage or split the wood, though, it is always worth spending a little time drilling pilot holes in first to start the process off. For UPVC frames, stick-on hooks are available, which will usually be strong enough to last for the short Christmas period. Again, cable ties or wire twists will secure the garland to the hooks and prevent the worst of wind damage.