Tips for Hanging Banister Garland

I don’t claim to be a professional when it comes to hanging banister garland for Christmas. I have to be honest, this is the first Christmas in the history of my adult Christmases I’ve had a banister to decorate! I was so excited when The Home Depot Canada asked if I would join them in a little decorating challenge.  I chose to incorporate their Christmas Farmhouse collection into my new home. 

Tips for hanging banister garland for Christmas

How to Hang Banister Garland

To begin decorating the banister, start with a strand of pre-lit garland (I purchased mine at The Home Depot). To fasten it to the railing I used green zip ties wrapped around the banister. If you have trouble getting the zip tie around the garland and the banister you can attach two together to make it longer. 

put two zipties together to make a longer one

After gathering a variety of natural greenery (I used mainly cedar and pine), I poked the stem end into the faux garland on the outside of the banister. 

Christmas stockings hung on the banister with natural greenery

The zip-ties hold the garland in place snug enough that the natural greenery doesn’t require extra reinforcement. If there are any rogue branches sticking up, you can easily bend a wired branch to cover it. 

Tips to decorate your banister for Christmas

When all the greenery is in place you can then add additional berries, pinecones or ornaments if you wish. 

Decorated banister for Christmas with real boughs

I love the traditional look of stockings on the stairs. I used coordinating ribbon to hang ours (get the pattern here). To make your stockings hang with some oomph, stuff them with clear garbage bags until Santa is ready to fill them. It will give them some life without any added weight. 

Handmade Christmas stockings hung on the banister with natural garland

To give the stockings a little more dazzle, you can string bulbs onto a strand of ribbon to hang from each one as well. 

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I hope you can use a few of these quick tips for hanging banister garland. Thank you to The Home Depot for inviting me to join their holiday decorating challenge. As always the ideas expressed in this post are 100% my own. 

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