I ran across few garland ideas on bhg.com that aren't what you'd typically think of, but that's why I love them and wanted to share them with you.
First, is a simple evergreen garland adorned only by long flowing bows. This goes to show that you can keep something simple and still have it be beautiful. The flowing shape of the bows replicate the shape of the evergreen leaves. It's subtle elegance. You might be seeing this in my house in the future if we have a stair banister (which I'd love!).
Next up are some sparkles. It is no secret that I love shiny things, especially in decor. This garland is uber simple. All you need are some pretty ornaments and some ribbon (preferably satin). Make sure to tie knots as you attach each ornament so they stay in place on the strand.
This idea is pretty similar to the first in that it only consists of evergreen and one other element. All you need a strand of evergreen and a few ornaments or Christmas items (gingerbread cookies, bells, stars, etc.) to hang from it. Instead of using regular ribbon to hang the items, use strips of leather for a more rustic feel. I also wanted to show this idea because it's a great example of how to decorate furniture pieces. Don't limit your garland to the banister or fireplace. It can have just as much of an impact, if not more, hanging from your favorite piece of furniture.
Lastly, I though I've give a nod to a vintage Christmas. Again, this one is super easy and inexpensive. Instead of hanging up one thick garland, opt for multiple, smaller strands. In this case, they used tinsel garland and a strand of beads. By layering your look you can easily add color and variation to your decor.