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While your Christmas tree is often the center of attention and a wreath can make an impact on your front door, never forget the power of a well-dressed staircase to create the perfect festive mood. Any cheerful Christmas staircase decorating idea will likely be the first thing guests see when they arrive – so make that count.
Wrap garlands around handrails, top posts with floral displays, or wrap pins with ribbon, for an instant seasonal upgrade this Christmas. Whether you want to buy a ready-made garland or make your own decorations this year, we have plenty of Christmas staircase decorating ideas for you.
Christmas staircase decoration ideas
Don’t just stop in your hallway, continue your Christmas ideas all the way to the landing, using tinsel through the railings or hanging baubles between the pins. If there’s room, a small potted tree adds a festive touch, not to mention a seasonal scent of fresh pine.
1. Dress up a ramp with colorful flowers
Fill your stairwell with Christmas decorating ideas this year, with a serious “more is more” attitude. “Seriously neat stairwell decor is one of the hottest trends for Christmas 2021, delivering a festive impact without skipping the budget,” says Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair Resident Style Advisor.
‘Recreate the look of the moment with a base coat of green garland, layered with an abundance of dried hydrangea heads, sprayed metallic and jewel-colored foliage, finished with a sprinkling of micro-LED string lights. This luxe look works perfectly in a hallway, totally transforming a staircase. ‘
2. Match your decorations to your decor
Coordinate your Christmas staircase decorating idea with the rest of your hallway arrangement, choosing shades of sage green for baubles and gift wrap and adding pops of brighter green in ribbons and candle holders. The wooden decorations give a beautiful natural finish to your tree. Pair the color with that of your Christmas living room decor ideas to create a continuous flow of festive color.
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3. Interlace fresh ivy with simple paper stars
Keep your Christmas staircase decorating ideas simple for a low-key approach to decorating. Let the beautiful architectural balustrades be the center of attention by delicately threading long lengths of ivy in and around them, finishing with the addition of a few simple paper stars.
4. Wrap the railings with tape
Get creative with your Christmas hallway decorating idea by tying lengths of Christmas ribbon around individual pins. This simple yet impactful idea creates a perfectly wrapped party staircase. Continue the neutral scheme by adding natural elements and fodder finds such as branches, pine cones, or even dried fruit to your evergreen garland.
5. Go for patriotic red, white and blue
Alternate balls embedded tightly in the garland with balls hanging in clusters, to create a cascading effect along your banister. Pick a bunch of three different colored balls – one red, one white, and one blue to create a coordinated pattern without it being “matchy-matchy.” Opt for unbreakable, paper or wood decorations on the stair garlands to prevent accidental breakage.
6. Make a grand entrance
Make a stunning statement in the hallway with a garland of fresh flowers and foliage. Pick flowers that match your theme and even mix in cinnamon sticks to add a winter scent. If you like to decorate early and worry about fresh flowers, all you need to do is remove the flowers when they start to fade and replace them with new ones.
7. Create a fragrant seasonal surprise
Elevate the steps and risers this year by adding a small potted plant on each step, surrounded by a cluster of shatterproof balls. A small drop of white nails holds the balls in place, to prevent them from becoming a tripping hazard on the stairs.
It works well with a runner or wooden stairs, but avoid if your stairs are fully carpeted. No need for scented candles this year, the scent of lilies will perfume the air wonderfully.
6. Hang up mini winter hats
These super easy-to-make pom pom hats are a fun addition for a family Christmas. Cut a 5cm piece of tube from a roll of toilet paper, take lengths of wool of about 25cm, fold in half and place the folded end around the cardboard tube, threading the raw ends through and pulling firmly . Repeat until the tube is completely covered.
Finally, take the free end of the yarn and tie another length of yarn tightly around it to create the pom pom. Make a few extra and use them as a cute cozy egg for Christmas breakfast.
As an alternative to pom pom beanies, Hobbycraft’s mini crochet stockings are a cute alternative to hang on your garland.
7. Decorate the hallways with paper balls
Create an oversized bauble garland using honeycomb paper decorations. Pair color with your decor for a subtle style or choose bright, contrasting colors to add a serious “wow” factor. Tie them directly to the railing or add a garland as a base, pushing eucalyptus sprigs to fill it.
8. Turn your garland into an advent calendar
Thread small copper buckets onto a length of ribbon and fill them with a single candy cane. Tie the length of the ribbon on a fake garland and secure it to the railing with a large ribbon bow. Add numbered wooden tags to make this an alternative advent calendar idea.
9. Create a sparkling scene
Continue your decorating all the way up the stairs by getting creative with a set of Christmas lights to make your home shine. Here, a curtain of garlands hanging from the ground floor to the first floor wonderfully illuminates the space.
If you have chair rails to attach the lights to, you can use small pins to hold them firmly, otherwise try clear plastic control hooks to secure the lights.
10. Decorate from head to toe
Double the garlands by threading a basic garland around the pins and wrapping another around the handrail. Choose a thicker, denser garland for the base and a thinner one for the top to create balance. Use faux berry picks on the base garland to match the berry garland above.
11. Make your own foam balls
As a modern version of a garland, hang balls between the pins and on the railings. Make your own by painting balls of emulsion florist foam, then dipping the bottom half in gold paint. Secure with a ribbon secured with a pin to the ball and tie tightly around the handrail or in a fake garland.
12. Hang strings of ribbon to display cards
For a nifty hanging Christmas card idea, pin or glue lengths of thick ribbon to your stair treads, or tie around the stair pins, pinning the Christmas cards down the length using small dowels or colored paper clips.
What greenery to use for a Christmas garland?
If you want your garland to last throughout the holiday season, use durable, more resilient foliage: fir (your tree falls) will add a Christmas scent, eucalyptus because it is supple and smells good, ivy as it is inexpensive and crawls beautifully and lastly, if you can pluck a sweet leaf holly, it can finish the garland beautifully.
“For a staircase garland that will look great throughout the festivities, you have to really think carefully about the foliage you use,” advises Asta Foufas, product manager at Arena Flowers. “As it will be the most substantial element of your masterpiece. “
“It needs to be soft and easy to weave, but it also needs to withstand temperature changes. From the breeze from the front door that opens, plus the dry heat from the central heating. So it can’t be tricky. I always like to include Nobilis and Conifer as they will hold up well, look great, and also offer a lovely scent when you pass them. If you plan to add flowers or berries, consider ones that are as beautiful dry as they are fresh, so hydrangeas, skimmia and holly berries would be my go-to choice along with berries and eucalyptus balls. ‘
How do I attach my garland to my staircase?
Secure one end of the garland to the end of the handrail, at the top of your staircase, using a cable tie or a garland wire tie. Wrap the garland around the handrail securing the garland to the base with another tie, or loop your garland using ties at the top or in each loop.
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How do I keep my garland fresh during the Christmas season?
With a little TLC, a garland of foliage should stay fresh for two to three weeks. Keep it looking its best by misting it regularly with water. A spritz every other day should keep your flowers and foliage in pristine condition, say experts at Interflora