To make the garland you will need the following supplies:
8″ Zip Ties (Black is the most inconspicuous; the number you will need depends on the length you want)
Christmas tree branches (you get cut-off from pretty much any Christmas tree stand for free)
Cup hooks (number depends on length and number of swags you want to form)
The number of branches you will use per bundle will depend on the fullness you want for your garland. I used about two branches per section. Start with your preferred size bundle and overlap a second bundle about half way up. Use a zip tie to secure the two bundles together and make sure the tie is pulled as tight as possible to prevent your garland from separating. Trim the ”tail” from the zip tie and any wayward branches using your shears. Grab a second bundle and attach to the most recently added section using the same steps. Keep going until you reach your desired length.
At each end loop a zip tie through and pull through to form a ring that you can use to easily hang your garland. I used cup hooks placed into my exterior molding. The holes are small, can be easily patched and or used again, and are sturdy enough to hold the garland.
Decorating your garland is easy. You can go wrap lights around it or do what I did: take a nature walk around your area and take advantage of free resources. I used sumac buds and crepe myrtle seed pods, but you can also use pine cones, feathers, moss, etc. Enjoy!