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The Best Faux Trees, Garland, & Holiday Wreaths

The Best Faux Trees, Garland, & Holiday Wreaths - roomfortuesday.com I’m considering pulling out my holiday decor this week because our house feels like a complete winter wonderland right now. We got a lot of snow while I was away over the weekend! We have about six inches on the ground, with more in the forecast this week. My girlfriends and I might’ve listened to some holiday music on our drive home from Sedona, as well. Haha! I know, I know- it’s EARLY, but I thought this post would be helpful for those of you looking for some good faux greenery, garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees. This will give you some time to order, if you’re in need of an upgrade. Emmett & I have really bad allergies and I struggle with the debris and needles that real trees and greenery bring into our home. While the tradition of a real tree is super fun, we’ve always opted for faux- it just fits our lifestyle and home best. We’ve had our faux tree for almost a decade and I decided this year, I wanted to try a different shape and mix things up. This led me down a rabbit hole of Christmas tree & greenery research (I scoured a LOT of reviews), that I thought would be helpful to share. A lot has changed and improved in the faux holiday plant market, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of beautiful (and affordable) options. Click through to check out the trees, garland, and wreaths that impressed me… and to see which tree we ended up with!

TREES

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I prefer a classic tree like fir, cedar, or pine- and I like it to be either natural or flocked. I think those classic styles withstand the test of time and will last for multiple holiday seasons without looking dated, like some trendy colored or metallic trees. That’s just my personal preference and opinion though! Below, you’ll find the nine trees I was trying to decide between… they’re all so good, hyper realistic, and affordable. Best of all? The reviews for all of them are pretty much 5 stars across the board.

Click directly on the trees to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…

01: aspen fir // 02: flocked white pine // 03: douglas fir // 04: flocked arctic pine // 05: mixed pine // 06: dunhill fir // 07: frasier fir // 08: flocked angel pine // 09: warsaw twig

Any guesses which tree we bought? Ok, I’ll tell you… number one. It was super affordable, had incredible reviews, and the organic shape felt right for our formal living room, which is where our tree will live this year. I peeked in the box and it looked fantastic, but we have yet to put it up. I’ll keep you posted!


GARLANDS

The Best Faux Trees, Garland, & Holiday Wreaths - roomfortuesday.com I’m a big fan of holiday garland- it’s definitely the most versatile greenery. It can live on your tree (for added fullness), along a stair banister, on the fireplace mantel, above your window treatments or kitchen cabinets, and even above a mirror or artwork. It’s the holiday greenery I always turn to when styling and adding those extra touches to our home.

01: soft cedar garland // 02: boxwood garland // 03: rosemary pine garland // 04: long needle pine garland // 05: cedar garland // 06: magnolia leaf garland // 07: flocked garland // 08: juniper pine garland // 09: olive leaf garland

We currently use number four- the long needle pine garland. We’ve had it for a few years and I receive SO many positive remarks from holiday visitors. It’s incredibly realistic and the texture is really beautiful in person. I also enjoy the pine cones scattered throughout.


WREATHS

The Best Faux Trees, Garland, & Holiday Wreaths - roomfortuesday.com Wreaths are another holiday (and winter) staple I always love. I’ll keep them up long after the holiday season, and just remove the seasonal bows.

01: magnolia leaf wreath // 02: boxwood wreath // 03: olive wreath // 04: cedar wreath // 05: eucalyptus wreath // 06: lit cedar wreath // 07: snowy pinecone wreath // 08: flocked spruce wreath // 09: full boxwood wreath // 10: flocked wreath // 11: delicate cedar wreath // 12: ficus wreath

Pro tips on hanging garland and wreaths… a nice ribbon in a beautiful fabric (I’m looking at you velvet & silk) or a striking color, can really update and enhance the way your holiday greenery looks! If you want to add a little drama to your wreath, add some things: ribbon, florals, pinecones, berries, tassels, etc.

The Best Faux Trees, Garland, & Holiday Wreaths - roomfortuesday.com I feel like Emmett & I will most likely get out our holiday decor this week… even if we don’t decorate yet. I’m itching to get the greenery up and the snowy week we’re having is putting me in the spirit. I’ve had hot cocoa two days in a row. Hah! I hope you’re having a good week, and I hope this post was helpful if you’re also planning your holiday decorations. Happy Tuesday, friends!

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    Brittany
    November 10, 2020 at 3:31 am

    This is so lovely! In our new-to-us home we have a mantel and banister to finally decorate, so it ought to be fun this year! I have to say, you seem to be in turmoil this last week or so about decorating early for the holidays-trying to restrain yourself. Nike and I both say, just do it. Ha! It will be beautiful and cheerful and hopeful. Why not? 😀 Also, if its not typical for you to do it at this time of year, who cares, there’s nothing else typical about this year! Take care! 🎄

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      Sarah
      November 10, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Thanks, Brittany! Haha :) Ohhh, I’m fine. I do this every year. Lol! Emmett and I have decided to pull out the holiday decor this weekend and I’m SO excited! You’re totally right though- anything goes this year. I’ll take your advice and “just do it”. Ha! I feel like we could all use some twinkle lights in our life. I’m looking forward to a happy holiday season. It’s always so magical this time of year. Hope you’re having a good week! xo

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    Peggi
    November 10, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Haha. Your internal struggle over decorating “too early!” Since your house already looks like a magical snow globe, it seems fitting. The trees you featured all look wonderful and are remarkably well-priced. I think #1 is my favorite, too. Although #2 is giving me Rudolph vibes! (I’m not much for Christmas music, but give me ALL the classic holiday cartoons of my childhood!) I was thinking maybe our upgraded front door might warrant a wreath this year, but I was worried about attaching something to the paint. I zoomed in on your photo and saw that you have over-the-door hooks. Do you recommend any in particular?
    I confess that we are still in Thanksgiving mode over here; I’m searching for napkins and table decor, and we have yet to finalize a menu! Today I’ll be seeking bread inspiration. (That’s always one of my contributions.) Let the holidays commence!💜🦃🎁

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      Sarah
      November 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Lol! You know me. I think we’ve agreed to decorate this weekend. Our Thanksgiving menu is set (very exciting), and I’m already looking forward to eating all the delicious things. Nostalgic holiday cartoons are also a favorite of mine (especially Rudolph). So fun to play those in the background when holiday baking. We listened to John Legend’s holiday album on our way home from Arizona- it’s always a favorite. Our wreath hangers have yet to mess up our paint, but I’ll never say never… they definitely can. If you’re worried, you could add a foam command sticky to keep it from bumping or scraping. We just use these cheap wreath hangers, and haven’t had any issues with them. They’re lightweight, low profile, and our doors still close easily with them hooked over the top. We’ve had issues with some of the bulky ones in the past. Happy bread recipe hunting! I make my aunt’s homemade yeast roll recipe every year… would be happy to share- just let me know! The holidays have me so excited :) Have a happy Tuesday, my friend!

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    Teri
    November 10, 2020 at 6:47 am

    You’ve found some great options! I’ve been searching for a new Christmas tree to replace our lovely flocked and lit tree that was ruined when our storage room flooded this year. I thought your number 2 might be it but it’s not pre-lit! Any suggestions for a 9’ flocked pre-lit tree with WHITE or clear lights? I do not like those yellow lights!

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      Sarah
      November 10, 2020 at 9:27 am

      So sorry to hear about your flooded storage room, Teri! What about this option? It has clear lights (at least that’s what the description says), is 9 feet, and flocked… it’s gorgeous! Personally, I prefer a warmer light, as opposed to cooler. That might be tricky to find!

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    Stacy
    November 10, 2020 at 8:25 am

    A couple of years ago I found a gorgeous 9 foot tree for 50% off a few days after Christmas and I jumped. They only had one left! My living room has very high ceilings! It was fate! Cut to the following year on Thanksgiving weekend when I opened the box for the first time (whyyyy did I never open the box?) and it was a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TREE. I briefly questioned my sanity. I put the tree up. It’s FINE, but it’s not the tree I loved. So what I’m saying is thanks for this because I’m on the hunt for a new tree 🙂 I’m excited to see yours once it’s up, I love the one you chose!

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      Sarah
      November 10, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Ughhh, that is the worst, Stacy! I’ve had that happen before. I’ve also ordered greenery and they shipped the wrong one, then I go to exchange and of course the one I initially wanted was sold out. Haha! The holiday struggle. Hopefully you’re able to find a solution you love that fits your extra tall ceilings. Most of these come in multiple sizes! Emmett and I decided we’re going to put it up this weekend :) I’m really looking forward to it. Hope you’re having a great week so far! xo

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      Teri
      November 10, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      Sarah! Thank you for finding this beautiful tree! Although the lights appear to be yellow (gold) in the close up I’m counting on the description and have it ordered. Can’t wait to see how you decorate your beautiful tree.

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        Sarah
        November 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

        Crossing my fingers for you, Teri! I guess the good news is… if the lights aren’t as expected, you can send it back for free. I hope it’s beautiful in person and the clear lights are exactly what you have in mind :) It’s a stunning tree! xo

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    Danna F
    November 10, 2020 at 10:40 am

    The struggle of when to put the holiday decor up every year is REAL! I am ready to now.
    My favorites from your tree picks are 1,2, & 5. I will hands down pick 2 because I love a flocked tree. I took all our garland 2 years ago and flocked it myself. It was work but I love it with the tree. My favorite garland is the faux cypress. It’s so realistic and lays so beautifully. Your cypress wreaths are beautiful!
    What are your favorite holiday albums? We have several (Michael Buble’, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Mariah Carey)? We need some new ones.
    Look forward to seeing your home decorated for the holidays.

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      Sarah
      November 11, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Me too, Danna! It’s happening this week. I’m really excited! It’s dumping snow as I’m writing this- truly a winter wonderland outside my window. No wonder I’m in the holiday spirit. Haha! I also loved flocked trees and garland, but I had a bad experience with the mess it mad in the past. I should give it another try! I do love the way it looks. I can’t imagine flocking all of that garland myself- that sounds like a ton of work, but it also sounds like your efforts paid off for a beautiful result. I love all of the holiday albums you mentioned- I would also add John Legend and Kacey Musgraves to that list :) Let me know what you think and have a wonderful Wednesday. xo

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    Ann Heltzel
    November 10, 2020 at 11:31 am

    We’ve had weather in the 70s!!! in Chicagoland up til later today. Going to be dropping back into the 50s. So I took advantage and painted my front door and sidelights the color of your kitchen cabinets!!! (I have a door sample from Lowes that they were tossing because they were getting in all new samples!) Anyway, I finally have a little of your “Marine” . Now to start decorating Before we get snow! Especially since I have a pretty door!

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      Sarah
      November 11, 2020 at 8:32 am

      The 70’s?! We’re buried in snow, and I’m afraid the remainder of my fall outdoor projects will have to wait until spring (including our new roof). Bummer! I’m so glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and paint your door :) It sounds absolutely beautiful and that color on a front door would be amazing! I can imagine a gorgeous wreath hanging on it now. Happy decorating, Ann!! xo

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    Kathy
    November 11, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I just love your picks for the greenery! I was wondering where you source your ribbon? I’d love to obtain some quality ribbon!

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      Sarah
      November 11, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Thank you, Kathy! Last year, I bought ribbon from this company who sells on Amazon and was impressed, so I did the same thing again this year: https://bit.ly/3pjYPMM I will say- the good colors sell out quickly, so I made a note in my calendar to buy ribbon early (in October) this year. Hope this is helpful! :)

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    Allison Hasserd
    November 11, 2020 at 9:42 am

    AHHH! THANK YOU SARAH! perfect timing as I was just about to take to the web in search for some garland for our fireplace and doorways!! yay! you saved me so much time! thank you thank you!

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      Sarah
      November 11, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      Yay!! SO happy it saved you some time and was helpful, Allison :) xo

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    Lauren
    November 12, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I always adore your holiday decorating roundups! Your garland is my absolute favorite! That’s high on the list of decor items to purchase this year! We have a ton of other Christmas de or (that I’ll be purging) but we never really purchase the greenery (other than wreaths). Christmas makes me want to have a demo-day on my staircase, because as of now, it’s completely useless for trimming with holiday goodies. 😂🤣 That’s always a reason to sledgehammer something right??! I kid…but for real. I’m wanting a much more simplistic decor style this year, so I appreciate that I can come here for all the resources. Do you know of any special outdoor wreaths that work for ha gong on windows? I would love to add that to the exterior decor, but it’s always a challenge. My house is south facing and we get a ton of direct sunlight in the hottest part of the day…it really does a lot of damage to most of my outdoor decor. Thanks for sharing Sarah!

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      Sarah
      November 12, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Haha! Christmas also makes me want to have a demo day on our staircase. Lol! I can’t wait for the day that the cherry railing is transformed. I feel like it clashes with everything we have- including our holiday decor. I put a wreath on every exterior window of our home, and I’ve been using these from Lowe’s, for 3 years now. I’m not even sure if they’re outdoor rated, but they’re holding up well (especially since they’re usually covered in snow). Hope you have a great day, Lauren :)

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    Emma Bowerbank
    November 15, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    This is so great, thank you for sharing! We’ve been using an old tree that my in-laws gave us and I’ve for something cuter and easier to put together (not to mention pre-lit!). I’m also LOVING the stockings in the first photo! Where can I find them? As always, your home is beautiful and Christmas just makes it more magical!

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      Sarah
      November 16, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Of course! I’m so happy it was helpful, Emma :) Pre lit is the way to go… it’s so much faster and evenly lit. As for the stockings- I made those. I shared a tutorial here: https://roomfortuesday.com/slipcover-christmas-stocking-diy/ They’re super easy and affordable. Thanks so much for your kind words, Emma. Hope you have a wonderful week :)

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    Nicolle
    November 20, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Your posts are always so helpful and detailed. You always provide great options and where to get them. Do you have any suggestions of where to get great ornaments. I always struggle to find unique ornaments that don’t look cheap.

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      Sarah
      November 23, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Nicolle! I’m glad to hear that :) Our ornaments come from all over (thrifted, from artists, from big box, etc). I typically collect a few each year, adding new ones to our collection. I actually have some ornaments in my shop, I’m launching in a week or so… I’ll be sharing it here on the blog! xo

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    Helene
    December 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

    I tried to order the #4 garland and it wasn’t available. Any suggestions?

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      Sarah
      December 2, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      It sold out! I was able to find it elsewhere for you though… here and here.

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