Adding aromatic cedar garland to your home for the holidays is the ultimate way to bring the outdoors in. Capture the fragrance, warmth and cozy feeling of Christmas with fresh or faux cedar garlands.
Learn where to buy them, how to care for them and more in this complete guide!
If you’re on the hunt for Christmas greens and greenery garlands, don’t miss these incredible round-ups we’ve been sharing. You’ll find options for fresh, faux and pre-lit garlands and greenery to decorate every nook and cranny of your home.
As much as I appreciate the practicality of permanent botanicals like high quality faux wreaths and garlands, there is just something special about fresh. The movement, drape and fragrance can never be duplicated – but we can sure try!
In fact, many years I will often use a combination of fresh and faux greenery to decorate for the holidays over a longer period of time. This allows us to photograph rooms as they are decorated, also prolonging the joy!
This post will share more of my favorite garland and greenery tips, along with sources to buy fresh cedar garland, faux cedar garland, and more. Let’s learn a little more, together!
Cedar trees, pine trees and more, are often used interchangeably with the term “evergreen” in our part of the country. There are technically four different species of cedar trees, with many subtypes falling into each species.
True cedar trees are coniferous, widely beloved for their spicy fragrance, strong wood, and evergreen, spiral foliage.
At the holidays, this greenery tend to speak of the warmth, fragrance and beauty of the season. Interestingly enough, most of the cedar that is commercially used for holiday garlands is actually considered a “false cedar” because they aren’t of a true genus of cedar trees.
The most popular cedars on the market for garlands are Incense Cedar and Western Red Cedar. These are both native to the Pacific Northwest and tend to create a spectacular fragrance and effect in our homes!
Where to Use Cedar Garland
There are so many fabulous ways to use this beautiful holiday greenery, because it just has such a lovely, full drape. It can fill out every corner of your home with fragrance and lush color!
Consider the following ideas:
- On your staircase
- Add charm to your bedrooms for the holidays
- Draped over your mantel
- Over an entry door
- Front porches
- On exterior lanterns and light fixtures
- On your mailbox
- Over doorways between rooms
- And even as a centerpiece!
Frequently Asked Questions
That depends on both your climate and where you hang the garland! We have found that cedar lasts much longer on the exterior of our home, here in the Midwest – up to four weeks, in fact!
If you’re hanging this garland inside your home, it will often begin to dry within 3-4 days. Extend the life of your garlands with an anti-desiccant spray to seal in the moisture. Read more garland tips here to enjoy them for longer!
Use your favorite removable adhesive hooks, which will allow you to hang your cedar garlands without damaging walls.
You can also add a small, hidden nail around door frames and on mantels if you’re confident you’ll use them year to year. Attach to the nails with fishing wire or twine and you’re all set!
You certainly don’t need to do any additional decorating at all! However, consider adding pretty ornaments, fairy lights, and even additional garlands of stars, bells, etc.
Fresh Cedar Garland Sources
Faux Cedar Garland Sources
Make your own garlands with this incredible preserved option!
What are your thoughts? Are you incorporating fresh or faux garlands into your home for the holidays this year? I hope you’ve enjoyed this series!
I’d love to hear from you!