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!
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.
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?
First, 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!!
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!
After stringing the lights I began adding ornaments, lots and lots of ornaments!
The blue and brown ball ornaments are from Walmart. The glittery pearl ornaments came from the Dollar Tree.
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)!
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!
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!
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.
Tucking 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.
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.
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!