Decorating for the Holidays with Garlands

Why Artificial Christmas Garlands Make the Best Holiday Decor: A Guide to Versatility and Style

Why Artificial Christmas Garlands Make the Best Holiday Decor: A Guide to Versatility and Style

As the holiday season approaches, the festive decor comes out, and among the most cherished decorations are Christmas garlands. While traditionalists may lean towards real garlands, there are compelling reasons why artificial garlands are the superior choice for holiday decor. In this blog, we'll explore why artificial Christmas garlands make the best holiday decorations and highlight their various uses around the home.

Artificial Garland Home Decorating

Durability and Longevity

One of the primary advantages of artificial garlands over their real counterparts is their durability. Unlike real garlands, which dry out and shed needles, artificial garlands maintain their beauty year after year. They are made from high-quality plastics and synthetic fibers designed to mimic the look and feel of real foliage. This longevity makes artificial garlands a cost-effective option, as they can be reused for multiple holiday seasons.

Ways to Decorate with Artificial Garlands

Hypoallergenic and Maintenance-Free

For many, the holiday season can be dampened by allergies. Real pine, fir, or spruce garlands can often carry pollen and mold, which trigger allergic reactions. Artificial garlands, on the other hand, are hypoallergenic and don't carry the same risks. Additionally, they require minimal maintenance. There's no need for constant sweeping of fallen needles or regular misting to keep them fresh. Simply unpack, fluff, and hang your garland to enjoy a festive atmosphere.

Decorating the Mantle with Faux Garlands

Safety and Fire Resistance

Safety during the holidays is paramount, especially when decor involves lighting. Real garlands can dry out and become fire hazards, especially near lights and candles. Most artificial garlands are made from fire-resistant materials, providing an extra layer of safety for your home during the holidays. This feature is particularly important when garlands are used to frame fireplaces, doors, and windows.

Decorating Garlands

Versatility in Style and Use

Artificial garlands offer incredible versatility in both style and use. They come in a variety of designs, from those adorned with berries and pinecones to those pre-lit with LED lights. This variety allows you to select garlands that perfectly match your holiday theme or color scheme. Invest in a high-quality garland and each year you can reuse and restyle, add berries one year and flowers another. All Afloral garlands have matching wreaths, stems and tabletop trees to complete the look.

Moreover, the uses for artificial garlands extend beyond the mantelpiece. Here are some creative ways to incorporate them into your holiday decor:

  • Door Frames and Window Treatments: Frame your doors and windows with lush garlands to create a cozy, welcoming entryway. You can add bows and baubles to match your decor theme.
  • Staircase Banisters: Wrap garlands around your staircase banisters, intertwined with lights and ribbons, to create a magical cascade effect.
  • Table Centerpieces: Use shorter sections of garland as part of your table centerpiece, perhaps adding candles or a string of fairy lights for a festive touch.
  • Outdoor Decor: Since artificial garlands are durable and often weather-resistant, they are perfect for outdoor decorations. Drape them over your porch or balcony for a cheerful outdoor display.
Decorating the Full House with Faux Garlands

Eco-Friendly Options

For those concerned about the environmental impact of artificial products, many manufacturers now offer eco-friendly artificial garlands made from recycled materials. These options allow you to decorate sustainably, knowing that your beautiful decor doesn’t come at the expense of the environment.


Artificial Christmas garlands are an excellent choice for holiday decorating. They are durable, versatile, and safe. Whether you are dressing up your home for the holiday season or looking for long-lasting options that minimize allergens and maintenance, artificial garlands provide an array of benefits. Garlands come in an array of textures and sizes, from juniper and cedars to pine and firs. This holiday season, consider the value of a high-quality artificial garland to enhance your festive decor with style and practicality.

Author Bio

Derek Milliman has had a career in the floral industry for over a decade, with his passion for florals, nature and sustainable decor he offers a keen eye for designing home interior spaces that exceeds expectations. His commitment to quality and creativity makes him an asset to Afloral’s botanical community.