If you saw my recent post on how to Repurpose an Old Artificial Christmas Tree, this is part II; door garland (same tree). Decorating my door in the past has consisted of too much money spent for something that was as useless as a ball of fuzz bunnies after the holidays ended. My goals was to create something that would stand the test of time, and I think I might have a winner here!
This project was pretty simple using some things that I had on hand. Use your imagination and there is no telling what you will create! I started by removing limbs from the Christmas tree pole and clipping the lights off of them. I used scissors to remove all of the wires and lights (which was the longest part of the project) and they worked just fine. Next, I wanted this to be quite sturdy so I started by taping the limbs together by overlapping each limb one half way down. Using a tape measure, I measure my door frame in 3 sections. I used black thick tape, and then secured every 8 inches with cable ties to really bind the sections well. Once finished, my garland could stand on end leaning against a wall without being flimsy. **HINT** Be sure to use multiple sections of the tree in various order to create a more cohesive pattern of limbs.
Once the limbs were secured into three lengths, measured to fit my door space, I used 2 small hooks to secure each of the three pieces. I used the cable ties to attach the sections to each of the small hooks and then fluffed the branches to fill any holes.
Once the 3 sections are tightly secured to your door frame, start decorating! Go crazy with what ever theme fits you best! Snowmen, with cans of snow, football, Santa, Gingerbread, Angels, Toys, Presents, Candy… there are so many things you can do with this project! I went with with a classic red/green/gold/ and pine cones because that is what I had on hand. I added 3 strands of lights (that I had purchased on clearance) one large pack of bulbs (clearance) and pine cones from my yard (FREE)! Enjoy!!!