How to Decorate Columns for Christmas

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Things You'll Need

  • Pine garland

  • Thumbtacks

  • Green or red ribbon

  • Large red weatherproof ribbon bow

  • Unbreakable ornaments

  • Ornament hangers

  • Red and white strands of outdoor LED Christmas lights

  • Gold indoor LED Christmas lights (optional)

  • Iridescent translucent cellophane roll

  • White, silver or blue garland

  • Paper images of polar bears, snowflakes, etc.

Columns serve as ready-made structures for supporting Christmas decorations, indoors or out. Outdoor column decorations display holiday cheer to guests and passersby, making your home's entryway appear even grander than usual. Make sure decorations are securely fastened in place on either indoor or outdoor columns to prevent their falling down, or, if they're outside, from blowing away. No matter which decorative items you use to jazz up the two outdoor columns flanking the steps or an entryway, dress them in identical decor for optimal curb appeal.


Step 1

Wrap strands of pine garland diagonally or candy-cane style around indoor or outdoor columns, securing the top with a thumbtack or tying it in place with a wide green or red ribbon. Indoors, hang unbreakable Christmas ornaments from various locations on the garland to dress it up, using standard ornament hangers to hold them in place. Outdoors, use plastic ornaments, or hang another pine swag in arcs across the boards above the columns, adding a large red weatherproof ribbon bow in the center. Tack the arced garland in place.


Step 2

Dress up columns with an illuminated candy-cane appearance by alternating strands of red and white LED Christmas lights. Wrap one color tightly around the column to create several layers of lights; then connect a strand of the next color, alternating colors all the way up for a striped appearance. For a candy-cane diagonal styling, wrap a red strand of lights diagonally around each column, holding the top of the strand in place with ribbon tied around it. Pair it with a strand of white, if desired, or leave it as-is. Indoors, use white or gold lights without pairing them with a second color for a glamorous column dressing.


Step 3

Give the columns an icy winter wonderland effect by wrapping them completely with an iridescent translucent cellophane film, such as the type used to wrap gift baskets. The shimmery blue effect is reminiscent of ice. Wrap the top and bottom of each column with a strand of round white, blue or silver garland to top off the wintery scene. For a humorous effect children may enjoy, secure paper cutouts of abominable snowmen, paper snowflakes or polar bears to the columns before wrapping them with the cellophane. The images will be visible through the film, as if frozen in ice.


Use lights rated for outdoor use only when decorating outdoor columns.

Do not hang decorations covering entire columns indoors if toddlers or pets may be tempted to tug at the decorations.


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