I first met Kaylyn, the owner of Boston-based floral studio, True Vine, at a holiday pop-up shop this past season. I was immediately drawn to her work for its bright, clean aesthetic and Kaylyn herself for her warm energy. She and her colleague, Monika, were creating gorgeous wreaths with a minimalist vibe (I'm talking greenery wrapped around copper piping... swoon) and I needed one.
I spent the next hour googling ways to hang a wreath without putting a hole in a brick mantle or creating a hazard over a working fireplace. After annoying most of those around me with
my anxiety questions, Kaylyn solved all my problems by suggesting we create a mantle top garland instead. Then, because she is especially sweet, agreed to come over to design it so I could document it all for a DIY post (thank you!).
Living garlands are perfect if you're going for a fresh and pared-down look during the holiday season but, in my opinion, anytime. Because... eucalyptus. These plants also dry well so there's very little upkeep. Read on if you're constantly trying to find more ways to add greenery to your space and/or have an issue killing plants.
Start by creating "bundles" composed of 1-2 stems of each type of greenery (ranging 1-1.5 feet long each) and overlap with varying lengths for texture.
General rule: One bundle per foot of garland. We used 4 bundles (plus one smaller bundle for the end - more on that later!) to create a 6 foot garland.
Tie each bundle at the base with wire twine and use pruners to snip the stems, leaving 1.5-2 inches.
Once all bundles are prepared, begin layering in one direction by connecting the base stem of the bottom layer with the top third of the second layer and tie with twine, being very careful not to damage the leaves. Repeat until all bundles are connected.
Using leftover materials, create one additional smaller bundle (repeat steps 1 and 2) and place at the end of the garland in the opposite direction of the exposed stem. Overlap slightly to hide stems and tie with wire twine.
To keep garland alive and green for as long as possible, spray with water daily. Weave in some copper string lights and you're set!
Kaylyn did such a lovely job and, even after the New Year, I'm still loving the extra greenery on the mantle top (those candles are a different story - does anyone know how to remove a large mass of melted wax?). She and her team specialize in events, editorials, and individual projects. You can find True Vine at truevinestudios.com or on instagram at @truevinestudio.