What is a good way to pack away Christmas tree bead garland?
If I still had the tube it came on I would wind it back on and tape the loose end. If I don't have the tube I layer it in a box with tissue paper taking care to keep the strands separate.
Cut some heavy cardboard or foam core into a sort of bow-tie shape, maybe 12 inches long. Wider on each end, skinnier in the center? Wrap the garland around, wrap the whole thing in clear saran/plastic wrap or tape ends as Charming mentioned above.
The way I do mine, is I take one strand and lay it back and forth style in a sheet of tissue paper. Then I fold up the tissue with the garland inside. I have several strings and after they are each wrapped in tissue I pack them into a storage box.
I solved that problem by using only popcorn/cranberry garlands on my trees. I just throw them away when we take down the tree! Seriously, thoough, when I still used my bead garlands, I started putting them in those inexpensive glass vases that florist arrangements come in when I took them off the tree. Now I use them as decorations for tabletops in the same vases they are stored in.
I just plop mine in the box that I put the tree skirt and tinsel in -- they're red glass I think and we've used them for 20 years and haven't lost one yet!
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I bought the plastic frame that you wind lights on and used it for my beaded garland.
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