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How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

I am so proud of the French Linen Blue & White Christmas tree that I created this year (and apparently y'all love it too because it is blowing up on Pinterest – woo-hoo!! Thank you!!). I decided to go all out and design a Christmas mantel garland to compliment the Blue & White Christmas decor, but of course, I needed it to be budget-friendly. And what you see here is the happy result!

Frontgate Mantel

I was inspired by this mantel from Frontgate. And like the tree, even though I'm a huge fan of theirs, I needed to create a budget-friendly version. So I headed off to Walmart, the Dollar Tree, and even started whipping up some homemade decorations.

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

Here's an overview of the garland! I love how lush it is! Last year I kept my mantel minimal with my 5 minute decorating. It's a big change from last year but I have to say that I love it. It is such a pleasure to sit and just take it all in day or night!!

So how did I create it?

Holiday Time Flocked Garland from WalmartFirst, I began with this flocked garland from Walmart. I used 4 boxes of it (2 per side of the mantel). At first I tried one per side but it didn't look as lush as I hoped for so I decided to double the strands and hang two on each side. I love how luxe it made it!!

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

Once I hung the garland it was time to add lights, and not just any lights, I fell completely head over heels with these star lights at Walmart. By the way, I highly recommend checking the Walmart app when you are there shopping – I found these lights online for 1/2 the price of the in-store price and had them shipped to my house for free!

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

After stringing the lights I began adding ornaments, lots and lots of ornaments!

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

The blue and brown ball ornaments are from Walmart. The glittery pearl ornaments came from the Dollar Tree.

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

My favorite ornaments are these handmade blue & white chinoiserie ornaments. I share a tutorial on How to Make Your Own Blue & White Chinoiserie Ornaments here if you'd like to make your own (and I highly encourage you to)!

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

I got brave and even drew a little Pagoda building on one!! I just love crafting these ornaments! It's so easy and fun and requires just an ornament and a sharpie!

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

I used these paper blue & white tea set images on a Blue & White Christmas Tree that I designed a couple of years ago. Fortunately, I hung onto them and I'm so glad because they are a perfect addition to this tree and so budget-friendly! This Watercolor Tea Set Clip Art is a digital download that you can get from Creative Market here for just $7 (affiliate link). All you have to do is download, print, and cut-out!

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

Once the ornaments were in place I tucked in a few strands of this golden glittered garland also from Walmart. I found this in the section for their mini-tree ornaments.

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White GarlandTucking in ribbons that coordinated with the tree was the final step. I didn't have a lot of the blue ribbon left so I cut some pieces to strategically work into the center bow. This way it ties in nicely with the nearby tree.

How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

I used floral wire to make the bows – I am not the world's best bow maker so I rely on the looping method where the center is wrapped in floral wire. It makes it so easy to make big, grand bows like this. The ribbon on the end bows is from Walmart and the Blue & Linen ribbon is from Michaels craft store.

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How to Decorate a Spectacular and Cheap Christmas Garland, Blue & White Christmas Garland, French Linen Blue and White Garland

Between coupons, online bargain hunting, and making some of the ornaments myself, I would estimate that I spent a little over a hundred dollars, a far cry from the inspiration version which from what I can tell by adding up items on their site cost over a thousand dollars!

I hope you've gotten some ideas for making a lush and lovely (and budget-friendly!) Blue & White Christmas garland in your home!

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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4 Comments

  1. Theresa Ball says:

    I have enjoyed your love of blue and white since you posted the blue and white with orange at Halloween. I have always been a red/green decorator myself, but the blue and white is heavenly, just spectacular! After 46 years of Christmas decorating, I can’t switch gears now — there are too many boxes in the attic with decorations untouched as the years have gone by. BUT an idea has hatched, and budget friendly as you say, for m.a.y.b.e. this year (even at this late time), but definitely for next.
    Merry Christmas to you and your daughter. Your blog gives me MUCH pleasure all year long.

  2. Wow. This is amazing. I would never have thought to even give it a try but now I will! I like your even better than the inspiration one. I am subscribing and following you now… I am a blue lover!
    🙂 gwingal

  3. mariah doolittle says:

    Did you get both the blue and aqua ornaments form Walmart? Do you remember the name/brand? Thanks!!

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