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Metallic Swag Garlands

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007


These metallic garlands from our studio's holiday display are encrusted with natural materials like artichokes, berries, and leaves to create something really beautiful to frame a door, a window, or even a mirror. And, best of all, after the holidays, you can carefully wrap up the garland and display it again next year.


  • Quarter-inch gator board or heavy-duty foam core

  • Scissors

  • Utility knife

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

  • Bow

  • Natural materials: dried artichoke, poppy pods, eucalyptus seeds, and tallow berry


  • Artificial oak leaves

  • Glycerin-treated fern fronds

  • Gold, silver, and gold glitter spray paint

  • Finishing nails or wire


  1. Make the garland base out of quarter-inch gator board or heavy-duty foam core by cutting three shapes with your utility knife: two large identical necktie shapes to hang down on each side, and a large "C" for the top of garland.

  2. Use a hot-glue gun to encrust all three pieces with clusters of dried artichoke, poppy pods, eucalyptus seeds, and tallow berry. Fill in gaps by gluing in artificial oak leaves and glycerin-treated fern fronds.

  3. Spray-paint the garland, first with gold spray paint, then silver spray paint, and finally gold glitter spray paint to create a layered metallic look, being sure to let dry between paint layers.

  4. Attach finished garland to desired surface by using finishing nails, or tie onto a banister with wire.

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