Well friends, here we are just one week away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season! I have been working on my Thanksgiving tablescape and adding lots of festive touches that will easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Last night I was thinking that I wanted to use cranberries and sage in my holiday decor, so I decided to make a beautiful, fresh and fragrant garland for my chandelier in the dining room.
I was so excited to get started on this project! Before I went to the store I did a quick online search to see other examples of cranberry and sage garlands to figure out how many cranberries and herb bundles I would need, but I could not find one single photo or blog post! Is it possible I came up with this original idea?
It’s possible, although people have been crafting with fruits, berries, leaves and nuts since primitive times. Incorporating berries and herbs in wreath making is also very popular, but I believe I might be the first to make a garland using combining these particular herbs and cranberries together! My inspiration for this garland came from my love of fresh herbs and the colonial holiday traditions of decorating with natural elements and fresh fruits that were considered a Christmas luxury during those times.
The garland was so easy to make! It took less than 45 minutes. At first I was only going to use sage and cranberries, but when I got to the store I noticed the bay leaves and I thought they would be nice for adding a deeper green tone and different texture to the garland. The bay leaves are also sturdier so they help keep the sage in place.
All you need to make this lovely garland is one package of fresh cranberries, and one package of fresh sage from the grocery store, usually located in the refrigerated section of the produce department. If you are still able to harvest your own sage, even better. Just gather up a large bundle! You can also find the bay in the produce section. These ingredients are probably on your Thanksgiving shopping list anyway!
Although I have not made a fresh herb garland before, I have made several cranberry and popcorn garlands for Christmas. I always use dental floss for my garlands instead of string because it is a bit sturdier and the berries will easily slide on waxed floss. A medium sized sewing needle will work well for stringing cranberries. When I was searching for cranberry and sage garlands, I did come across this article on the Martha Stewart website where she also shares how to string cranberries using wax dental floss
How To Make A Fresh Cranberry, Sage, and Bay Leaf Garland:
Making this garland is an extremely easy process!
- Measure the area you are wanting to adorn such as a mantel or staircase and cut the floss to fit. Be sure to account for draping and swagging when measuring. Thread the floss through a medium-sized sewing needle.
- Simply string six cranberries followed by a large sage leaf and two bay leaves in any size and repeat this pattern until you have the length you want. Tie off each end in a tight knot leaving some excess string if you are going to be tying the ends together. That’s all there is to it!
(Photo: Rebekah Williams)
I especially love this garland because it adds such elegance and the theme and colors will work for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! A fresh garland will last for a couple of days as long as you use cranberries that are still firm and your herbs are healthy too. I might trying using an acrylic spray to seal my garland to make it last a bit longer. If I do I will be sure to write an update post to let you know how it worked.
Not only is this garland beautiful, but it smells wonderful too! I even used some of the leftover cranberries, sage and bay leaves mixed in with lemons and cinnamon sticks to make an all natural simmering potpourri on the stove. It was so fragrant and really put me in a holiday mood! I will be sharing my exact simmer recipe here next week.
In this post you have seen a little sneak peak of my Thanksgiving dining room tour which I will be posting this week. I am also hosting a Farewell Fall Link Party for bloggers to link up all of their favorite fall posts one last time before it’s full on Christmas in blog land, so please do come over and give fall one last hurrah with me!
I will also be participating in a wonderful Thanksgiving Tablescape tour over at Katherine’s Corner tomorrow. You can see more of my fresh garland and the rest of my dining room decorated for Thanksgiving on the tour. I hope you will join us!
Happy garland making, tablescaping, and turkey baking!
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