Learn how to hang garland in your home this holiday season. I will lay out the steps for you so you, too, may have your garland dreams come true!
Our home has a large staircase just as you enter the front door. It’s really grown on me since we moved in. To be honest, I didn’t love it when we first toured the home. I remember the first Christmas we spent in our home I wanted so badly to hang garland up the banister and just knew that it would look beautiful.
But we had just finished several months of renovations and there just wasn’t the space in our budget for it yet. For three Christmas’s I would eye garland to hang on the stair bannister and I could never quite find just the right style. With so many variations in greenery for Christmas, it became overwhelming to me.
I am proud to report that this is the year I got the garland! And it was quite an experience (a fun one) getting it all hung.
So today I want to share with you how to hang garland the best way I know how.
Where to Hang Christmas Garland
I’ve been a connoisseur of garland for several years. I have seen it hung many different ways. But one of my all time favorite places to see garland draping in a home during the holidays is the staircase. There is just something so beautiful and elegant about a staircase adorned with beautiful garland whether it be lighted or not.
Of course the fireplace mantle is a traditional favorite place to hang garland and it’s always so beautiful here. I have hung garland on the fireplace mantle before but I will probably not hang any here this year.
Another place I love to hang a lighted garland is above the kitchen sink window. A simple cedar garland draped in twinkly lights adds a magical Christmas touch to your home.
King of Christmas Garland
I want to explain to you why I chose to go with King of Christmas for the garland for our staircase.
The number one reason is that this brand has an incredible reputation in the decor community. Many of my friends and fellow creatives use and love King of Christmas. Their products are high quality, but not overpriced.
I ordered the King flocked 9’ x 12” with LED lights (plug operated). The LED lights are made with durability in mind so as not to break (LOVE this feature). The garland is made realistic tips and snow flocked branches that are easy to manipulate and move around. It truly is the King of Christmas!
What Do You Hang Garland With?
When hanging Christmas garland on the stairs, you will want something to secure the garland to the staircase. Granted, some garland is light and can easily be wrapped around the bannister and not attached with anything.
The King of Christmas flocked and prelit garland that I am using is a little too heavy for that. I also did not love the wrapped look so I decided to hang my garland by lightly draping it and attaching it at each post of the bannister. I used zip strips to attach the garland in place.
There really wasn’t a technical reason for this besides the fact that I knew my husband would have these and I REALLY didn’t want to worry about it getting knocked down by dogs or kids. The zip strips safely secure the lighted garland to the bannister without damaging the bannister wood.
They are easily covered by fluffing the garland just right and snipping off the excess of the strip. However, I wanted to create a more finished look. I decided to go back over each zip strip and tie a simple bow with my favorite neutral farmhouse style ribbon.
How to Hang Garland on Stairs
To deck out your staircase with garland is no quick task, so I highly recommend allowing yourself plenty of time to complete the process. I have found that the less I try and rush through a project, the more smoothly it is completed.
Unpack and Fluff
This decorating project was no exception. I first took the time to unbox and fluff each string of garland. You will need to do this each year as when it is stored, the garland (much like your Christmas tree) will become squashed and compact.
I ordered flocked garland from King of Christmas because I truly love the white snowy look, but beware that this type of garland is very messy. Even just pulling it out of the box, there was fake snow EVERYWHERE.
If you go with a flocked look, take a deep breath and know that it’s going to be messy. If you are anything like me, this might be a little difficult. I promise, it’ll all be worth it! I resolved that I was GOING TO create a mess and that I would just take extra time at the end of my project to get it all cleaned up.
The next step I took was to test the lights. Even though my strands of garland were brand new, I wanted to make sure everything was working right before I started the process of hanging them.
Take this opportunity to plan out where you will use outlets and if you will need extension cords. Every home is different and some homes have outlets in more convenient places than others do. Our outlets are fairly accessible, but I did still need a short extension cord on both top and bottom of the staircase.
Pick a starting point. Either chose to start at the top or the bottom of the stairs. I chose to go from the top down. It seemed to be easier to hang this way.
First, I attached the garland with the zip ties where I wanted it and tightly secured it by getting underneath the branches toward the main cord so I could conceal the zip tie there.
There are several ways to hang your garland from your staircase (wrap around, just below the handrail, deep swag, shallow swag). I personally love the swag look, so I decided to go with that.
My next step was to decide how much swag I would include. I took into consideration how much garland I had to work with and decided on a medium size swag.
Getting the Length Just Right
At the next attaching point, I used another zip tie, just like I had for the first time. I repeated the steps like this until I got to the end of the railing. Luckily, the garland ended up being just the right length and I didn’t have any excess to deal with. I think the main reason that I didn’t have any excess is because I was able to use the swag to make the length work for me.
When I finished attaching the garland to all of the bannisters, I went back to snip the excess off of each zip tie and made sure each one was concealed as much as possible.
For the final step, I decided to add a simple bow with this neutral linen ribbon I love from Hobby Lobby. While I didn’t have to do this to cover the zip strips, I am really pleased with how it gives the garland a finishing touch.
I’ve added a quick list of materials you might want to make sure you have ready to go for this decor project:
- Measuring tape
- Extension cords
- Zip strips
And in case you need a quick overview of the steps, here they are!
- Unpack and fluff the garland
- Test lights
- Plan for outlets
- Hang garland
- Add bows
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