How To Decorate A Banister For Christmas ~ Step-by-step photo tutorial with doable and creative ideas showing how to decorate a banister for Christmas.
It’s a yearly tradition in our home to not only decorate the Christmas tree but also the banister for Christmas. Not only is it lots of fun designing and creating your own but also the final result adds a pretty nice Christmas decorative touch!
First of all, we have a pretty big staircase. It has 16 steps and about 14 metres (15 yards) of banister. That’s a lot of length to decorate!
The other problem is that you can buy pre-made garlands but the ones I like are too pricey and the ones I can afford are two skimpy with embellishments for the size of our staircase. Plus, it’s fun to design and make your own. I tend to make little changes every year and I can custom coordinate the colours to the rest of the Christmas décor in the house.
Designing and creating your own banister for Christmas is really easy to do! Here my doable and creative ideas showing…
How To Decorate A Banister For Christmas
Start with a theme in mind, which I write about in the post How to Decorate a Christmas Tree: A Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial. My theme for this banister coordinates with the Christmas tree because it uses the same colour scheme.
The base of the banister is the greens. I just have a basic evergreen garland. This year I thought I would try suspending it to the woodwork with wire twist ties but I’m going back to my much cheaper method. I just use green curly ribbon that I picked up at the dollar store. This roll of ribbon will last me for years and you have to really look up closely to see it hidden in amongst the boughs.
Then I added the indoor Christmas lights. I bought these cluster lights years ago and they still look fabulous. I just twist the evergreen garland boughs around the lights and further support them with the curly ribbon. This step is optional but it really creates a beautiful effect to not only have your Christmas tree lit up but also your staircase banister.
The next step is to add your embellishments. I made eighteen sprays using gold and red/burgundy coloured poinsettias, a gold thingy (not sure what to call it), a small red Christmas ball and a large gold sparkly Christmas ball. To save costs I bought silk floral bushes and cut them up using a wire cutter. Out of the gold poinsettia floral bush you see here I was able to get eight flowers for eight sprays.
Now this is the embarrassing part. I secured all of the pieces together using packing tape, electrical tape and some wire twist tie that I use in the garden. It doesn’t look very fancy or polished but it keeps the spray in tact. When tucked into the garland, you don’t see the messy part. No worries. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Then I added these bows that I made out of red and gold ribbon in between each of the sprays. You will notice that these are the same bows that were made for the Christmas tree. If you want to know how I made these bows click onto How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial and follow the steps for making a single bow. I just secured them to the bows using the wire I used to make the bow.
Now the final step that I added this year was the deco mesh bows that I suspended over the side of the banister. I had been eyeing this product for a while now and when I saw it on sale at Costco I bought some to give it a try. To the bow I added a different red and gold bow I made from ribbon I had in my stash as well as a strand of gold beading just to add some more interest. I really like the final look! How To Make A Deco Mesh Bow Photo Tutorial shows you how I made it.
Did you notice the black clip attached to the end of the bow? I put that there temporarily to help stretch out the deco mesh as it was quite curly to work with.
So that’s how to decorate a banister for Christmas on a budget and with your own personal touch!
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For more Christmas ideas I invite you to visit 10 Ways To Decorate And Organize For Christmas. Just click on the image for more inspiration…