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GARLAND

 

Tinsel, bead, or novelty garlands add so much to the charm and appearance of your  Christmas Tree.  It looks great and it's easy!

SWAG:    Begin at back of tree on bottom.  Twist or hook the garland to a tip, then swag the garland gracefully from tip to tip using 12 inch to 20 inch swags depending upon the width of tree.  Let the swag fall freely.  Continue around the tree.  Either cut and secure the garland or swag up to the next layer of the back of the tree so that each row appears level. On the next row the high point of your new swag should be centered directly and uniformly over the low point of the previous row.  The swags should become smaller as you go up the tree.   The more uniform the swag the more formal the look.

SPIRAL:    Wire 4-6 strands of garland together at one end and attach this end to the top of your tree.  Separate strands and spiral each strand down the tree.   Space strands evenly down the tree.

DOUBLE SPIRAL:    Use twice as many strands and spiral half clockwise and the balance counterclockwise.  Colors may also be alternated.

STREAMERS:    Start at the top with 3-5 strands of garland or ribbon and let each streamer fall freely to give a vertical symmetry to the tree.  To soften the look, streamers may be twisted and tucked lightly into tree as they fall down the branches.

DOUBLE SWAG:      Start with two strands.  Swag one strand to fall lower than the other.  Alternate each strand as top or bottom loop as you swag from tip to tip so that you reach the end of both strands at the same time.

FILLER:    Take tinsel garland or wide lace ribbon and tuck loosely into the interior of the tree.  Begin at top and continue circling the trunk of your tree down to the bottom, twisting lightly as you tuck.