Do you want to fill your home with the warm and inviting scent of cinnamon for the holidays? What if I told you that you could do so without pulling out the baking supplies or busting out the potpourri pots? Would you be interested in learning more? If so, lean in close and I’ll tell you all about it. In my experience, the best way to keep your home smelling like cinnamon for the holidays is to whip up a batch of cinnamon garland. Cinnamon garland smells intoxicating, looks festive and is simple to construct. Here’s how:
Garland Making Supplies Needed
In order to complete this project, you will need a roll of natural twine, a ¼ pound bag of 3 inch long cinnamon sticks, a roll of brown floral tape (60 feet), 20 gauge floral wire and 3 inch wide wire edge ribbon. In most cases, you’ll be able to buy your entire list of garland making supplies at a major craft store. One retailer that sells large cinnamon sticks in bulk is Sunshine Discount Crafts. If the craft stores happen to be out of large cinnamon sticks, you can sometimes find them available for purchase through large grocery stores. I should also mention that the length of your cinnamon garland will determine how many cinnamon sticks are needed. On average, a 5 pound bag of sticks should be enough to cover most fireplace mantels and window casings.
Assemble the Garland
Begin the cinnamon garland making process by cutting the natural twine into lengths large enough to cover your desired decorating area. Next, grab a 12 inch piece of florist’s wire and run it through the hole naturally found in a cinnamon stick. Then bring the two ends of the wire together and twist them into one piece. Once that’s done, wrap the exposed wire with brown florist’s tape. Repeat the procedure until all of the individual cinnamon sticks have been wired. Continue by wiring the individual cinnamon sticks into clusters. Your clusters may be as large or as small as you like. Personally, I tend to keep mine in clusters of three. Once that is done, wire the cinnamon sticks to the natural twine. Afterward, create a handful of bows and attach them to the cinnamon garland as desired. At this point, your cinnamon garland will be ready for use.
Based on my experience, cinnamon garland has many different uses. For example, you could use it to decorate your fireplace mantel, window casings, banisters and buffet tables. I have also made cinnamon garlands and then attached them to wire forms to make door wreaths. The individual clusters of cinnamon sticks are also very versatile. I’ve used them to decorate wrapped silverware bundles, wine stems, chair tie-backs, window tie-backs and gift boxes. Additionally, the cinnamon bundles may be converted into gift basket adornments, Christmas ornaments, car air fresheners, centerpieces and place card settings. In my opinion, the possibilities are truly infinite. If you do decide to use the cinnamon bundles for those purposes, I would recommend swapping out the wire edge ribbon with a roll of 1/8 inch double-face ribbon. I have found that it tends to look much better on the smaller bundles than other size ribbons.
Source: Personal Experience
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