How to Decorate Your Front Banister for Christmas

It's easy to decorate your banister for Christmas. Start with garland, then use your imagination and some of these tips to create a knockout holiday look.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift Ribbons
  • Ribbons
  • Tissue Paper
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments
  • Clear Tapes
  • Evergreen Garlands
  • Gift Bags
  • Gift Bows
  • Holly Garlands
  • Metallic Garlands
  • Tiny Gift Boxes
  • Twinkling Or Icicle String Lights
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Candy Canes
  • Gold Or Silver Self-adhesive Stars
  • Tissue paper


    • 1

      Wrap the banister in evergreen or holly garland. You also can use a glittery artificial garland.

    • 2

      Tape Christmas ornaments such as satin-wrapped spheres or shiny plastic apples on the bottom side of the handrail (one between each spindle if you have spindles).

    • 3

      Tape Christmas cards onto the bottom side of the handrail as they arrive.

    • 4

      Hook candy canes here and there into a holly garland that spirals around the handrail.

    • 5

      Add bows made of red-velvet or metallic-gold ribbon. Here and there attach Christmas ornaments of the same color as the ribbon.

    • 6

      Place tiny wrapped-and-ribboned boxes along the garland.

    • 7

      Add self-adhesive gold or silver stars. A sprinkling in various sizes is especially pretty.

    • 8

      Light the garland with small twinkle lights intertwined with the garland, or place icicle lights so they hang below the handrail.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have an active household with pets or children, you can also place items on the edges of each open step on your stairway. Festive looks could include a series of toy Christmas soldiers, angel figures, or teddy bears dressed in red bows.
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