Christmas Curb Appeal – 2010

I was totally inspired by Pottery Barn’s lighted ornament garland that has been all over blogland.  Isn’t this gorgeous?

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch posted a tutorial on how to make this garland.  I was immediately sold!
I decided to make three garlands, just like the PB inspiration picture.  I purchased three 9 ft. lighted garland at Lowe’s, just as Susan suggested.  I bought the balls at Walmart for $5.00 per package.  I used 3 boxes of 12 large red, 3 boxes of 24 medium red, 3 boxes of 24 gold, and 3 boxes of 24 silver.  I had ornaments leftover from last year’s GIGANTIC Monogram S that hung on my front door, so I used them, too.
Susan’s tutorial is great.  Definitely follow it if you want to do this project.
I am lucky to have a giant basement work area.  I put the garland on my workbench, fluffed it, had my balls nearby, then cut bunches of small pieces of wire.
I then wired on the large red balls being careful to evenly space them.
Then I filled in between the large red balls with smaller red, gold, and silver balls. 
It took me about an hour to do each garland.
Mr. SP gets the credit for hanging the garland.  For the top garland, he screwed eye hooks into the wood and then used zip ties to attach the garland to the eyes.  After that piece was hung, he screwed in an eye hook at the top of each column to attach the start of the garland that twist down the column.  We attached the bottom to the porch with wire.
I planned on using my S from last year for the door, but it was too big and it didn’t match as well as I had hoped.  No worries, I simply made a Boxwood S instead with a S form that Mr. SP crafted for me a few years ago with ply board.
I hate that I’m not using this again this year….
My hard work was worth it!
I haven’t mastered the art of the night-time photo.  It looks so much nicer and brighter in person!
Our house is the first in our neighborhood to be decorated for Christmas.  I love coming home at night to a lit house and I know that our neighbors enjoy our lights, too.
Now I need a a few more days of break so that I can finish decorating inside.
I’m sharing my project for Metamorphosis Monday at Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch, at Beth’s sput of the moment Front Porch Party,  and at Holly’s Knock-Off party.


  1. This looks great! I’dseen that tutorial and wondered if it really could be that easy. Your house looks beautiful.

  2. Paula….you did awesome! Your garland is sooo beautiful! Don’t you love getting a PB look for a lot less! πŸ™‚ I love your boxwood S! I still don’t have a wreath, yet…thinks for reminding me that I need to get on that. I know your neighbors are loving seeing your home each evening! πŸ™‚

  3. That looks really good, Paula! I love it! Everything look wonderful, but I sure do love that HUGE S! Love all the wreaths in your windows.

  4. Gasping! Paula, this is fabulous!!! I just love how everything looks. πŸ™‚ You did a wonderful job…how nice that Mr. SP was willing to help. πŸ˜‰

  5. You did a great job Paula. I looked at Susan’s post too and couldn’t believe the house was in Napa. Your rendition looks fantastic, I’m sure the neighbors will be slowing down as they pass by to get a better look. Thanks for shining.

  6. Your house looks wonderful! I have been thinking about making my own garland, now I know I should try it! Carla

  7. Your house looks WONDERFUL, Paula!! Your garland is just beautiful. And I love the wreaths on the windows, too. I wish your house were in my neighborhood!

    Could you use your giant ornament “S” somewhere inside? Maybe hanging on a mirror? It’s too pretty to spend Christmas in storage!

  8. I saw this last week and remember thinking how gorgeous it looks, but for some reason didn’t comment :/
    Anyway, your garland looks really good. I’d love for you to link it with my Knock-Off party this Friday.

  9. How gorgeous is this? I love it and it looks like all of us were inspired by that PB pic! Thanks so much for linking up.

  10. It looks spectacular! You did one fantastic job recreating the garland. It works beautifully. What a joy to view. Merry Christmas.

  11. oooh, I bet your neighbours feel an odd mix of enjoying its prettiness and envy that theirs don’t look like that!! It’s BEAUTIFUL!!


  12. Paula had same inspiration in 2012. 18′ garland above barn door, large wreath on barn loft window and regular wreath on front door. Bought similar bulbs as you pictured at HomeDepot, using red and silver. Unfortunately a large majority of the bulbs began to peel/flake. Redoing this year with Walmart bulbs, red, silver and green. Added a string of pinecones. Hoping they hold up outside. If you have any suggestions, please advise.

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