Wednesday, December 7, 2011
festive green mantle
We have an artificial Christmas tree, partly because it was free (thanks, Mom!), but I do love fresh greens for the holiday season - especially now that I've found how seriously cheap and easy they can be: to make the mantel festive, I just bought a $5 mixed greens garland from Home Depot, and then I cut it in half and draped the halves in opposite directions (to get the little branches to point both ways, instead of all the same direction) across the mantel.
That was it for the greens - except vacuuming up a few pine needles that ended up on the floor in the process. So easy. (Side note: the garland was starting to look a little dried out, but on the tag, it said it would last longer if misted with water occasionally, so I tried that...) Then I just set some candle holders among the greens and hung our stockings. It makes me feel so cheerful and festive every time I watch tv now!