How To Decorate For The Holidays With Christmas Wreaths And Garlands

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Decorating Our Homes For The Holidays In Charlotte NC! 
 
As we prepare our homes for the holidays, from Thanksgiving decorations to Christmas. Many of our clients new and old ask us these important questions. How much Christmas Garland do I need? How do you measure for wreaths and garlands? Well, thanks to the great information provided by BallardStyle Studio.com and some helpful insights from Innovative Holiday Event Decorators of Charlotte NC, share below some great tips on how to measure for wreaths and garlands to dress up your home for the holidays.


CHRISTMAS WREATHS

The size of wreath needed for your front entrance really depends on the look you want. For a bold and festive feel, go large! If you prefer a more reserved look, choose a smaller size.

For a standard 36 inch wide front door, add dramatic impact with a wreath 28 inches to 30 inches in diameter. On the other hand, a wreath 20 inches to 24 inches in diameter creates a classic, understated look.

For oversized doors, we recommend a 30 inch to 36 inch diameter wreath. This large size will carry the appropriate scale in relation to the front door.

Typically, the larger the wreath, the higher you should hang it on the door. Since large wreaths usually weigh more than small wreaths, be sure to use a sturdy metal hanger or a securely fastened nail rather than plastic hanging fixtures.

What to do with miniature wreaths? Use your imagination! Decorate door knobs, candleholders, bureau knobs, and other place you happen to notice needs a little sprucing up for the holidays.

If you don’t wish to put a nail in your door, there are alternatives – try an over the door hanger or the 3M Adhesive Hangers all of which are available at your local home improvement store or local craft store. It is a great way to hang a wreath without damaging the door.

CHRISTMAS GARLAND



Measuring an arched door for garland.

The trick is to make sure you have enough garland to accommodate the top arch. We have a simple solution for this.
HEIGHT – Measure from the ground to the top of the door, then double the number to account for both sides. Example: 10-ft. H door x 2 = 20 feet
WIDTH – Measure from the outside trim of the door across to the other side, then calculate one-and-a-half times the width to cover the arch. Example: 10-ft. W door x 1.5 = 15 feet
TOTAL – Add the HEIGHT measurement and the WIDTH measurement for the total amount of garland needed. Example: 20 feet (HEIGHT) + 15 feet (WIDTH) = 35 feet of garland

Add one foot to your total if you’d like the garland to puddle at the bottom.

Measuring a standard door or double doors for garland.

Simple math is all that’s required to be sure you have enough garland for your fron entrance. This solutions works for double doors as well. Just be sure to measure the width across both doors, including trim.
HEIGHT – Measure from the ground to the top of the door, then double the number to account for both sides. Example: 10-ft. H door x 2 = 20 feet
WIDTH – Measure from the outside trim of the door across to the other side. In our example, the door is 4 feet wide.
TOTAL – Add the HEIGHT measurement and the WIDTH measurement for the total amount of garland needed. Example: 20 feet (HEIGHT) + 4 feet (WIDTH) = 24 feet of garland

Add one foot to your total if you’d like the garland to puddle at the bottom.



Measuring a staircase banister or mantel to swag garland.

To swag garland down a staircase banister or across the mantel, use the same strategy as above. Measure the LENGTH of the banister or the WIDTH of the mantel, then calculate one-and-a-half times that dimension. Example: 6-ft. W mantel x 1.5 = 9 feet of garland. Many of you want to know whether garland should drape over the sides of the mantel or not? Well, there are no hard-fast rules when it comes to hanging garland. It is up to you. Whatever you want to do – go for it! Hang garland the way you like it.

Measuring a staircase banister or mantle to swag garland.

To swag garland down a staircase banister or across the mantel, use the same strategy as above. Measure the LENGTH of the banister or the WIDTH of the mantel, then calculate one-and-a-half times that dimension. Example: 6-ft. W mantel x 1.5 = 9 feet of garland

Measuring a staircase banister to wrap garland.
Measure the LENGTH of the staircase and the HEIGHT of the newel post from the handrail to the floor. Simply add the 2 dimensions and double that number. Example: 10-ft. L staircase + 3-ft. H newel post = 13 feet x 2 = 26 feet of garland

If all of this seems too complicated, use a ball of string, wrapping it as you would the garland. When you have the look you want, pull the string off and measure it with a tape measure. It can be that simple!
 
At Innovative Holiday-Lighting-Event Decorating in Charlotte, NC we like to share with our clients that,"It's important to choose the right garlands and wreaths that showcase the interior and exterior of your homes orbusiness. The holidays are a special time of year, so make sure to add your personality into your holiday decor to create a warm and festive holiday display for your family and friends during the holiday and Christmas season
 
Thanks to the wonderful information provided by BallardStyleStudio.com, your windows, doors, and stairwells will be dressed up for the holidays this season! 
 
Happy Holidays from our home in Charlotte, NC to yours!
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Wes Neal
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Well written and a great blog, thanks for posting! Have a great evening Tonia and by the way... you have a wonderful smile!!!

Oct 16, 2012 11:41 AM #1
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Tiffany Sniezek
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Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
Great tips for holiday decorating! Can't believe it's already that time of year again! Love to decorate for Christmas! Will have to keep an eye out for pics of homes you decorate, I'm sure they are beautiful!
Oct 16, 2012 11:43 AM #2
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Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

Thanks Wes, I appreciate your comment and kind words. Have a great evening yourself! 

Oct 16, 2012 11:46 AM #3
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Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

Thanks Tiffany, I know...we can't believe it either! I love to decorate for Christmas too! Hard to believe it's that time of year again for turkey and holiday decorations! I will be posting pictures of our holiday decorating before we know it. Thank you for the comment, kind words and I appreciate your time.

 

Have a fabulous week!

Oct 16, 2012 11:49 AM #4
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Kimberly Schaefer
Coldwell Banker Heritage - Dayton, OH

Love the tips.  It really helps me when thinking about what to do for this year.  It's amazing how time flies. It will be here before we know it.

Oct 16, 2012 11:51 AM #5
Rainer
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Robert Butler
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Nice blog, good usefull information. I could have done without the sound track, it's only October.

Oct 16, 2012 11:57 AM #6
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Tanja Cisliek
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL

Tonia, great information! Love the practical ideas on hanging wreaths and measuring for garlands, will come in very handy for buying new decorations this year.

Oct 16, 2012 12:07 PM #7
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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Geez -- you realize it's MID-OCTOBER don't you?!?  Kill the Christmas music already.  WAY TOO EARLY!

Oct 16, 2012 12:26 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

Thanks Kimberly, appreciate your comment. This post also helps for Seasonal and Thanksgiving decorating too. You are so right...it's actually already here for us. We have our first holiday decorating install October 25. :) So many of our clients have busy lives and want to enjoy their Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations as soon as they can. 

 

Have a fabulous day! 

Oct 16, 2012 09:03 PM #10
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Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

Thanks Robert for your comment, I appreciate your feedback. LOL...me too on the music but we are so busy this holiday season, if I don't add it now...I will forget. Plus, it motivates me for the upcoming holiday season, and all the decorating we will be doing. Everything is starting so early this season, so a little Christmas cheer to get my spirits in the mood for decorating and blogging work's great for me. I just turn the volume down after a couple of songs, just enough music to get my mind flowing and typing blogs. Trying to help my clients and potential clients on tips and hints for their decorating this season.

 

Have a wonderful day! Blessings!

Oct 16, 2012 09:09 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

Thanks Tanja, love your name! Thought the tips would be great for all seasonal decorating. Thanks for your comment, happy to know the post will help others with their wreaths and garlands this season. Have a terrific Wednesday! 

 

Blessings and smiles!

Oct 16, 2012 09:11 PM #12
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Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

Hi Carla,

Thanks, I appreciate your feedback. Yes, I realize the music is early. LOL...I agree 100% but I just turn down my volume after I listen to a couple of songs to help motivate me to make suggestions, tips, and blog. So it works for me, plus I love Christmas and decorating for it. The spirit of Christmas and the holidays, makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. :)

 

Have a wonderful and joyous Wednesday! 

Oct 16, 2012 09:21 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Wreaths are ordered from our client's  boy scout troop and garlands will come out of storage....thank you for your "hall decking" tips !

Oct 26, 2012 10:35 PM #14
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