I had so much fun doing this. I went to Nester's blog and then to Kimba's blog and read up on how to make a wimpy garland into a big, bad, fabulous one...then I got to work.
Every thing I used in my garland was at least half off at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. I think I probably ended up spending $30 at the most, but that was because I didn't have any random garland sprays or extra ornaments hanging around the house that I could re-purpose.
Kimba and Nester have really great, detailed tutorials on their blogs, so be sure to check out their sites for instructions on how to do one for yourself.
Here's my Garland Table Of Contents:
2 wimpy garlands
3 berry sprays
2 large red berry sprays
3 pine cone and pine needle sprays
1 box of small green ornaments
1 box of larger red ornaments
2 larger pine needle sprays
a few branches from our live Christmas tree
3 artificial hydrangea stems
5 gold rattan balls
a glue gun
floral picks (with wire attached)
A little tip I learned for stretching out what you have - I took floral scissors and took every spray apart. After taking them apart, I hot glued the smaller pieces into various places in the garland. If you spread the sprays out, your garland looks less sparse.
Another tip I learned: using real leaves, pine cones, etc. saves a ton of money and adds a realistic look to the garland.
Warning: Once you start filling your garland, it's tough to stop! I kept thinking about more and more things to add to mine.
Check out Nester's blog today to view other garlands. :-)