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 started looking for new Christmas staircase decorating ideas. I found a great idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. I wanted something new and different for my Christmas staircase decor. I love the idea of using Christmas swags along my staircase, instead of the traditional garland.

DIY christmas staircase decorating ideas

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 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 laying in both directions of the swag.

For years, I have taken wired strands of 7 ft garland and simply cut it into sections using wire cutters. You can get a strand of garland for $4.00-$8.00. Cut into smaller sections, it will give you several great pieces of greenery to use in different ways in your holiday decor, like I did with my Christmas chandelier.

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. I think they turned out beautiful. They have amazing depth and texture.

Christmas ribbon

diy christmas staircase decorating ideas

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, but because the greenery is wired, it is so easy to work with.

diy christmas staircase decorating ideas

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.

diy christmas staircase decorating ideas

diy christmas staircase decorating ideas

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 love the symmetrical, organized look of the swags. It’s a stunning look that’s a great break from the traditional staircase decor.

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  1. says

    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. says

    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. 🙂

    • says

      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.

  3. says

    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!!

    • says

      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!

  4. says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  5. says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  6. says

    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

    • says

      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!

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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

    • says

      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!

  10. says

    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

    • says

      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!

  11. jocieopc says

    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.

    • says

      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!

  12. says

    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,

  13. says

    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 🙂

    • says

      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!

  14. says

    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!