The Christmas season provides the perfect time for using your imagination to decorate the interior and exterior of your home. One festive piece that provides a ton of decorative flexibility is garland.
A Christmas garland is a beautiful decorative piece made from real or artificial greenery that effortlessly ties your décor together. Whether it is draped along the mantle, down the bannister or around the Christmas tree, a garland brings extra Christmas cheer to your home.
While some artificial garlands are bare for you to decorate yourself, others come pre-decorated and can be used inside and outside your home.
From pre-decorated to completely bare, from bold and vibrant to minimalistic and discreet, there is something for everyone.
To take the hard work out of the selection process, we have scoured the market and selected our top 5 picks for the best Christmas Garlands available. We also provided a handy Buyer’s Guide below that contains our top tips for selecting the best garland.
Christmas garlands come in different sizes and colors and because of this, you will need to choose the garland that compliments your decorative style. Below we have listed some criteria that we advise you to consider before making your purchase.
Type of Garland
First, you will need to consider the type of garland that you are looking for. Some are bare and come without lights and embellishments providing you with the freedom to add this detailing yourself.
This will allow you to create a garland that looks how you had envisioned. You can also hang the garland unadorned for a rustic and minimal look.
Other garlands come pre-decorated with lights, pinecones, and berries, etc. These make decorating quick and easy.
Several materials are used to create garlands. The type that you choose is likely to depend on your preference. The first type is polyethylene and it is typically used to create artificial garlands with a realistic appeal.
The feel of this material resembles the texture of tree needles. The next is PVC, a type of plastic that is commonly used to create garlands because of the durability that it offers. In some instances, a combination of PVC and polyethylene is used to add more fullness to the garland.
Some will have more of a metallic aesthetic as they are made from PVC that appears very much like tinsel.
Many Christmas garlands come pre-lit and there are different light variations available. Some come with traditional incandescent lights that have a warmer effect. These types of lights are available in clear or multicolored options.
Another option is LED lights. Just like incandescent lights, they come in multiple color variations. LED lights aren’t only energy saving but they provide a brighter illumination too.
The size of the garland is going to determine how well it sits on your mantle or how well it wraps around your Christmas tree. The specifications will state the length and some will be available in multiple sizes.
Before selecting your garland it is worth measuring the length of the surface where you plan to drape it. This will make it easier for you to select the best garland for your needs.
Indoor and Outdoor Versatility
Most garlands are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Those that are made from fresh greenery tend to thrive outdoors because of the cooler climate and conditions.
Artificial garlands are particularly versatile and tend to withstand the conditions of the outdoor environment well. The product specifications will state whether the garland is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Using and Shaping the Garland
Ideally, your garland should be easy to use and shape. Some will have wire edges that allow you to secure them with ease.
You will likely need to shape the garland so that it fits on your mantle or wraps around the tree and one that is flexible will provide you with more freedom to do so.
Garlands retail at various price points and the final cost depends on multiple factors. The first being the embellishments as those that are pre-decorated with cones, berries, lights or flowers, tend to be more expensive than the bare options.
Another factor is the size and thickness of the garland. Those that longer are likely to increase in price. In regards to real garlands, it depends on the greenery that has been used to make them.
For artificial garlands, the price is going to be influenced by the quality of the materials. While it is worth having a budget in mind to cater your search, it is important to ensure that you don’t compromise on the look and quality of the garland.
We have included a variety in our guide of which retail at varying price points.
Warranty or Guarantee
Many of the garlands mentioned in our guide are covered by a warranty or guarantee. This provides you with help if you experience any problems with the garland or you aren’t happy with the product that you receive. You will likely find that the length of the warranty differs between brands with some offering a longer policy than others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I put a garland inside my house?
Garlands are typically used to decorate the fireplace mantel. However, many use them to decorate their Christmas trees, bannisters and also their doors to provide visitors with a warm and festive welcome.
How long will a real garland last?
The amount of time that a garland lasts differs depending on the environment that it is used in. Indoors they are likely to last for around 2 to 3 weeks, however, when used outdoors they are likely to last much longer because of the cooler conditions.
How long will artificial garland last?
Artificial garlands can last up to 10 years or more depending on use and storage. Care in display and storage goes a long way. Just like an artificial Christmas tree, artificial garland should be packed in a waterproof container and stored in a cool dry location. Excessive heat and humidity are the main cause of damage to artificial pieces that are stored incorrectly.
Do I need to clean artificial garland?
One of the best perks of artificial garland is its ability to look good and last for multiple years. At some point you may need to clean it to keep it in tip top shape. Don’t worry you won’t need to do it every year and the process is quick and easy. We’ve got all the details covered over at How to Clean Artificial Garlands and Wreaths.