Alternative to Christmas Garland

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~DIY Christmas Staircase Decor~


This Christmas I decided to try something new! Every year I string garland along my staircase. It’s always beautiful and I’ve always loved it, but this year I found this great idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a go! I wanted something new and different for my Christmas staircase decor.

Here’s my version:

Alternative to Garland

Here’s the version I found on Pinterest:

Staircase Christmas Decor


I knew I could create my version using some Christmas decor items that I already had and a few new things. I found some great floral picks at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off of $7.99 and red glitter picks for 1/2 off of $3.99. I also gathered some pieces of garland, berries and ornaments from earlier years.

Christmas garland

To hide the “stick” part of the greenery pick, I used my piece of garland to create a “bottom” to the swag. I also added my berries falling in both directions of the swag.

For years, I have taken wired strands of 7ft garland and simply cut it into sections using wire cutters. You can get a strand of garland for $4.00 at Hobby Lobby now.

Christmas staircase decor

Next, I added my ornaments by simply sticking them on the branches of the wired garland. You can apply a little hot glue to the tip, but I have found that they stay on fine by slipping the tip of the branch into the hole of the ornament.

Christmas Red ornament

I added my black and red check ribbon and the sprigs of red glitter picks and I think they turned out beautiful!

Christmas ribbon

Christmas Staircase Decor

The great thing about working with the wired garland and floral picks is that you can literally wrap and connect them to each other. I did use some green floral wire to attach my ribbon.

christmas Staircase decor

It took 8 swags to span the length of my stair case. I placed them evenly on the spindles. There were 5 spindles between each swag.

Christmas Staircase decor

christmas Staircase decor

I think it’s a beautiful alternative to traditional garland. It’s different for me, because I’m so use to full garland that spans the entire staircase.

I’ve just started my Christmas decorations, so I may add to it! Who knows!?!?

What do you think? What do you use on your staircase?

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  1. I wish I had a staircase…..
    What a beautiful idea!! Since I just started my Christmas decorating I may have to find away to incorporate it. :) Instead of a wreath maybe? Thanks for the awesome idea!

  2. Cute, I like your new version of garland! I might have to try that next year. Have a wonderful day! XO

  3. Thanks for linking up to the Grow Your Blog blog hop!

    Love this post. I thought about you all day yesterday as I was attempting to decorate! I so need you here. :)

  4. And I meant to tell you…I love your new blog design!

  5. I love it :)

  6. I love that idea, so pretty and lI think it looks much neater than having a garland wrapped around the banisters, might give it a go x

    • Thank you! I thought the same thing! The garland was always so hard to wrap and attach properly to the staircase and banister. I’m so glad you stopped by! I’m your newest follower.

  7. This is a greata idea!! I have been looking for something to do differently for my stairs! Just beautiful! I am your newest follower – I found you through a link party. Your blog is beautiful and definitely up my alley!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Thank you Amanda! I’m so glad you found me! I just paid you a visit and am following you on twitter. I love your “about me” page. So nice to meet you! Have a great weekend!

  8. We are on the same wave here! I was just deciding on what to do with my staircase last night. I pinned this same image and thought this might be it this year. Yours looks so pretty! I am still deciding on how to tackle the staircase for the Holidays!

    • I think the staircase is always hard! I loved this image. I think I pinned it back in the spring! I say go for it! It’s a fun look! Have a great day!

  9. Wow, glad I popped by this morning! You’ve got so many Holiday decorating ideas here, thank you!

  10. Oh I love the way you decorated your stairway! I may have to do that! New follower!

  11. Such a lovely way to decorate the stairs- and can be used again! I have a similar staircase so I may have to do this as well. Very pretty!

    • Thank you Julie! Yes, these will be very easy to store and use again next year. Send me a pic of your stairs. I’d love to see! Have a great week!

  12. Beautiful job on your stairs! I love looking at all your inspirational pictures. I am a Christian mom blogger who blogs about food, family and vacations mainly but I just posted lots of pictures on how to decorate Christmas trees. I am working on my tree and hope to show it soon. May God continue to bless your beautiful blog. I look forward to receiving your posts. Blessings, Diane Roark

  13. Wish I had a staircase so I could try it. It adds such a nice presence.

    • Thanks Liz! It’s a new look for me, but I really like it! Thanks for stopping by. I’m headed over to visit you now.
      Have a great week!

  14. I love this idea! I hope to use this next year (when I move and have a staircase). It looks really beautiful, I look forward to seeing the tree when it’s complete!

  15. Leslie, your stairs looks great! Love, Love, Love!

  16. I wish I had a staircase in my house just so I could do this! Beautiful!

  17. These are completely gorgeous Leslie! You are so clever! They look stunning and a really nice change from regular garland! The colors you used are so festive! Thanks for linking up to Its Party Time!

  18. Your decorations are beautiful! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party starting at midnight! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  19. This type of decoration looks absolutely fantastic, Leslie. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  20. I love your version of garland. It looks so pretty on the stair rails.

  21. Hi Leslie,
    Love how your staircase looks………..very beautiful, and nice as it is a bit different than the typical
    garland, tho that is beautiful too. But always fun to try something new, and you did a great job of
    putting it together hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

    • Nellie,
      Thanks so much! I’m glad you stopped by and paid me a visit. I hopped over to your blog and I think your Thanksgiving table was beautiful! Have a great week!

  22. Love this idea! I have this same idea pinned and I have been trying to figure out how to do it at my house. You have given me the needed push to get it done. Thanks so much and I love your blog! Just found it and I have spent way to much time on here….

    Have a happy weekend

    • Thank you Tausha! I have had this pinned since summer! I really like the look. Thanks for stopping by for a visit! I’m heading your way now!

  23. That looks so pretty!! What a great idea!

  24. Hi Leslie! Thanks so much for sharing this at my Linky Party last week ~ I just wanted to let you know that you are being featured at the party this week! Have a wonderful day!

  25. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic week ahead!

  26. I am featuring you on my blog today Leslie!
    Thanks for sharing your stunning swags!

  27. So so pretty Leslie! Can you come to my house and decorate for me?!?!
    Thanks so much for linking up last week at The Humble Brag!!
    The Silhouette Cameo giveaway is still going strong and you can get MORE ENTRIES by signing up for link party email reminders, sharing the giveaway on FB with your readers, and linking up again. Hope to see you there tomorrow.

  28. Now that is cool Leslie. I want to copy that now. Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing with the knock off party:)

    • Thanks! I fell in love with it when I saw it! I really like the look. It’s a great alternative to the traditional garland. I’m so glad you like it! Have a great week!

  29. Love it!!! I saw something similar at Better Homes and Gardens website…..yours is just as pretty!!! :) Sometimes it is fun to do something different!
    Christmas Blessings,

  30. I think the swags look wonderful, a very different look from the garland, but I love it! I really don’t think you need to add anything else, they are perfect as they are.
    I don’t decorate our staircase because one leads upstairs and isn’t a railing…it is between 2 walls. The one leading downstairs is never seen except when I do laundry so it is best left as is. I often wish I had a stair railing to decorate, but both walls leading upstairs are load-bearing so it would require a lot of work to make it work.
    Saw you linking at Debbie-doo’s
    Debbie :)
    Debbie recently posted…Christmas Greens and Outdoor LightsMy Profile

    • Thank you Debbie! I really have enjoyed them. They are so different that traditional garland, but I like the look! Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

  31. Your staircase is beautiful! I love the alternative to garland idea. Thank you for sharing. It looks like your house is well on its way to a beautiful Christmas home for the holidays. I hope that you and your family have a very blessed Christmas!


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