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Everlasting Garland

These garlands, made from ribbon, can be displayed year after year.




  1. Step 1

    Measure the length of your mantel, and multiply by 1 1/4; cut ribbon to that length.

  2. Step 2

    Using a ruler and a pencil, mark ribbon at regular intervals. (We marked the ribbon every 6 inches for the larger garland.)

  3. Step 3

    To create swags, mark a second ribbon at regular intervals, with spaces at least an inch greater than that of the first ribbon; leave several extra inches on ends. Make creases on second ribbon wherever marked.

  4. Step 4

    Apply hot glue to top of first crease, and attach it to the first ribbon where marked, holding crease at a 45-degree angle across width of first ribbon; hold in place just until glue sets. Repeat. (For additional swags, repeat step 4 with more ribbon, and use hot glue to attach swags at creases.)

  5. Step 5

    Trim ribbon ends at an angle.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2007



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