Making a Christmas garland for stairs and mantlepiece looks difficult and complicated but it is really not! I put ours together with the help of my 11 year old and 8 year old and we had so much fun and it was really simple to do!
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Christmas decorations are all over Instagram at the moment aren't they! It seems like every time I turn on my phone I'm looking at pictures of someone's gorgeous decorated home. I did actually get in touch with a local company who do Christmas decoration displays for home and I was quoted £700 for a stair and mantlepiece garland. Crazy prices! I can show you how to make a Christmas garland for your stairs and mantlepiece really easily and for a fraction of that cost using decorations from Very.
How To Make A Christmas Mantlepiece Garland
I absolutely love this garland and it took next to no time to put together. All the decorations here came from Very. They are a lovely quality and very reasonably priced - and they had super quick delivery too. They have everything - Christmas trees, decorations for inside and outside the house and of course, all the gift ideas you could want too!
You will need...
- 1 pre-lit flocked garland
- 1 pre-lit decorative garland
- command hooks
- Tree picks / decorations
- Large decorative pine cones
- Florist's wire
The key to a really busy and busy garland is layering. First you will want to secure your pine garland to your mantlepiece. This one from very has lovely thick wire ends that I could bend under the mantlepiece and hook over large command hooks I had glued underneath. This makes for a really sturdy base.
Next, layer this with your other pre-lit garland. This one should be more decorative and will add more of a base to add other decorations.
Push tree picks / branches / leaves etc into the garland. If you push them in carefully and at an angle they shouldn't require anything else to secure them.
Use florist's wire to secure any large decorations in place - I used these large pinecone ornaments which go with the pre-lit decorative garland.
Finally, add some baubles. Choose baubles that fit with your colour theme. Thread three onto a pipe cleaner and twist to secure. You can now twist the pipe cleaner and attached baubles onto the garland. Fill out any spaces - more is more at Christmas in my opinion!
Make sure that the battery packs are hidden out of sight but also easy to get to to switch on.
Turn on the lights and enjoy your work!
Top tip: Use battery powered lights unless you want the headache of hiding charging wires and setting this up near a socket.
How To Make A Staircase Garland
This is slightly more tricky but still very manageable - you might need another person to help you though. You will need pretty much the same things as for the mantlepiece garland.
You will need...
- 2 pre-lit flocked garlands
- 1 pre-lit decorative garland
- various tree picks / leaves, decorations
- large decorative baubles
- florist's wire
- cable ties
Secure one pine garland to the bannister using cable ties. This is a 9ft garland so fits our staircase beautifully with a droop over the side.
I cable tied it at the top and bottom. Add the other garland the other side, cable tie to the top, bottom and cable tie it to the opposite garland for security.
Add your decorative garland. This one is smaller so I placed it in the middle of the bannister, secured again with cable ties.
Now add tree picks, leaves etc. I added two bushy tree picks, these fabulous sequin decorations and a couple of extra leaves etc to add texture and bulk. I tied on the large decorative pinecones with florist's wire and used the same method with the baubles as described above and used clusters of baubles to fill in any gaps.
Don't forget my Christmas mantra - MORE IS MORE!!
Again, make sure that any battery packs are hidden but easily accessible - turn on the pretty lights and enjoy your work!
The stairs garland decorations cost a total of about £135 and the mantlepiece £65 so a huge saving compared to the price I was quoted to have a company come out and do this for me - and we had such fun doing it too! I also bought a gorgeous door wreath and lights for our main Christmas tree.
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