By Jenny Komenda

Published on December 10, 2014

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THE SUPPLIES
12-gauge black floral wire 
wire cutters 
4–5 assorted plants, such as pagoda tree or zebra plant, purple Kahili Ti
celosia floral shears 
22-gauge green floral wire 
nails or removable hooks (for hanging garland) 
floral pins 
8–12 small clementines
3–5 spine-free succulents floral preservative (optional)

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THE SUPPLIES
12-gauge black floral wire 
wire cutters 
4–5 assorted plants, such as pagoda tree or zebra plant, purple Kahili Ti
celosia floral shears 
22-gauge green floral wire 
nails or removable hooks (for hanging garland) 
floral pins 
8–12 small clementines
3–5 spine-free succulents floral preservative (optional)

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HERE’S HOW IT’S DONE…
1. Using 12-gauge floral wire, mock up the garland on your mantel. Cut the wire to size and make exaggerated kinks in the wire to mark out where the garland will hang and bend.
2. Create a leaf bundle by layering a few of the leaves and flowers, with the largest on the bottom, and wrapping the stems with the green floral wire. Attach the leaf bundle to one end of the wire base with a few tight wraps of the green floral wire.  

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3. Continue to layer, bundle, and attach the foliage to the wire base, being careful to overlap the leaf bundles to cover the wires of the previous bundle. The leaves should all face down and out from the center of the garland.
4. Stop when you’ve reached the middle point of the garland. Repeat the same process on the other side, starting at the bottom and working your way toward the middle again. When you’re finished, the garland should be roughly symmetrical. 

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5. Using nails or removable hooks, hang the garland on your mantel. Make any adjustments to the leaves to further cover any exposed wire. 
6. To finish off the garland, insert floral pins all the way through the center of the clementines and succulents and use the accompanying wire to secure the pieces to the garland.
7.  Lightly mist the garland with water or floral preservative every few days to help extend the life of your beautiful arrangement!

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Utilizing sturdy house plants, a handful of succulents, and a dozen clementines, Little Green Notebook's Jenny Komenda whips up an easy, buget-friendly garland.

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