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Christmas Staircase Decorating On a Dime

Christmas staircase decorating idea that doesn’t require many yards of garland. In fact it doesn’t require garland at all.

When it came time to decorating the staircase in my house for Christmas this year I went back and forth with ideas. In my previous house I had a big staircase that wrapped around a two story foyer. I have a similar one now. I used to drape garlands both real and fake around and down the previous one. Using lush garlands is a classic way to decorate a staircase for Christmas, but it is also time consuming.

This year I was looking for something simpler.

Hidden door and closet under staircase

I like fresh garlands. They look beautiful, but they also dry out way too fast, make a mess, plus fresh greenery garlands are not cheap and when you need 30 feet or more it can become expensive.

When I used fake garlands, it was buy once and then use for years. They take time to fluff, make bows, add lights and then find big boxes to store them all when not in use. When we moved I made the decision to throw them out since they were getting old and dusty.

So this year instead of getting stressed out about decorating my staircase and thinking I should buy new garland and spend hours draping it just so along the banister, I did something completely different.

Instead I got an idea that I decided to go with. It took me 27 minutes to do my very lengthy staircase and cost me less than $10 since I also used Christmas ornaments I already had.

Instead of using garland to decorate the foyer staircase, I used garland ties.

Christmas Staircase Decorating Idea using Garland Ties

If you are not familiar with garland ties, they are long wire ties that look like pine branches. Their purpose is to tie garlands to staircase railings. You can buy them at Walmart, the craft store and on Amazon.

I have bought a few different types over the years. Some are thinner and are slightly different shades of green.  I bought mine for only $1.97 for a pack of 10.  I needed 3 packs and bought an extra one to use for other creative purposes like I shared in this post: Christmas Decorations Using Garland Ties

Garland ties

Each garland tie is 12″ long.

Christmas staircase decorating idea on a budget

The perfect length to wrap the ends between two staircase balusters and then hook an ornament on using a simple wire ornament hook.

Creative ways to use garland ties at Christmas. Christmas staircase decorating idea.

It was so easy to do. I simply wrapped the end of one garland tie on a baluster, made a little dip in it by bending the middle of the tie and then wrapped the other end around the next baluster to secure.

Christmas Staircase Decorating Idea using Garland Ties and shatterproof ornaments.

Going up the staircase, I stair-stepped the placement of each garland tie…

Creative ways to use Christmas garland ties. Garland ties on a staircase.

….and used my stash of red Christmas tree ornaments. I didn’t have enough, so I spaced a few silver ones in the line up every so often. I may switch them out with some red ornaments that I have in my living room, but I kind of like the mix of colors and shapes.

Red and green Christmas color scheme decorating idea.

When I got to the railing on the second floor, I lined the ties up in a line 6″ below the railing.

Christmas staircase decorating idea on a budget.

Decorating the staircase this way was fast and easy, plus no dragging out big boxes of garland from the attic or having to deal with the mess and expense of fresh garlands. :-)  The garland ties and ornaments add just enough decoration to make the space look festive and holiday ready.

Christmas foyer decorating idea.

On the desk/sideboard in front of the staircase, I placed smaller red and two large mercury glass ornaments on a plate to tie into the red, green and silver color scheme I was going for.

Christmas staircase decorated using garland ties and a collection of red ornaments.

No mess, simple and easy to do.

Creative Christmas Staircase Decorating Ideas

When it comes time to take the ties and ornaments down, it will take no time and all. Best of all no more big boxes to have to haul back to the attic or mess to clean up. :-)

If you are new here, this staircase got a big makeover. You can see the before and after and how we created a hidden door under it in these posts:

Staircase Makeover

How To Add a Hidden Door Under a Staircase


Garland Ties or much cheaper if you can find them in Walmart

Lantern – Tuckerman Table Lantern from Pier 1  – no longer sold

Floor Basket  – Kirklands – They don’t have it listed online, but you may find it in the store.

Baskets in Desk/Sideboard – IKEA

Stacked books covered with this Free Printable of French Script

Clock – I bought at a decor shop in Panama City, Florida

Small trees 

Desk/Sideboard – Family hand-me-down

Lamps – TJ Maxx

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Budget Ideas to Decorate a home for Christmas Using Garland ties

Christmas Decorations Using Garland Ties

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    1. Hi Patti – Thanks for taking the time to comment. Happy to know I have a new reader. Let me know if you ever have any questions about anything. :-)

  1. In one word, Amazing! You just put your complete efforts to delight us with the suggestion for Christmas Decoration. I reached here a bit late, but this will definitely help me in coming Christmas. I will surely use some of your ideas and will moderate it with a buck shaped Salt Lamp, which will enhance the grace of my house. Their glow is eye soothing and healthier as well, that’s why I used to suggest it to everyone and make them convince to try it once. If you think like that, you can explore the collections at https://www.pakmines.com/salt-lamps

  2. Wow amazing Christmas decorations. This Christmas I also put some extra effort in decorating my home. This time I used a very unique thing which is Himalayan salt lamps to decorate my living room. And believe me these lamps have just changed the whole living room setting. They look so beautiful while glowing. Everyone gets attracted by their beautiful glow. I love them so much that i suggest everyone to try them. If you want to know about different kinds of Himalayan salt lamps then you can visit https://www.ittefaqco.com/ .

  3. As usual, beautiful and so tastefully simple. Too bad I can’t use the idea with a 2 1/2 year old grandson, twins who are a year old, and will have a visiting 2 year old. The ornaments would be just the right height for them to “play” with! Maybe some day…

  4. LOVE THIS IDEA….I don’t have a staircase because we live in a ranch but I can think of SO many ways to use these ties to decorate!!

  5. What a brilliant idea, Diane! I’m a faux girl but the last couple of years, I just haven’t felt the staircase garlands going instead for just twinklies. These would be a great in between solution. Thanks for the great tip! Sue

  6. Hi,I just love it. I love Christmas and all the decoration related to it. I loved how you put so much effort in it. I am definitely going to do this on Christmas.
    We’re always running out of products to decorate so here I am going to introduce Himalayan Salt Lamps. They are look beautiful and the beauty of these lamps is that, they are incredibly versatile.
    I got my salt lamp from Saltean. Check the awesome home decor product- salt lamps when you have a chance. You’re definitely going to love the product.

  7. Simple is often better. I like your idea better than heavy garland. Looks more beachy too. You always have the best ideas.

    Your new home looks amazing. Love the kitchen redo.

  8. Great idea! It looks simple, beautiful, and festive! Sometimes, less really is more. Now, if only I had a staircase to decorate:)

  9. Diane!! I love this idea!! I too have cut back on the more time consuming things, and this is just as beautiful as all the garland! Thanks for always having the best ideas!! I’m off to buy some garland ties!!

  10. Great idea!! I like using garland ties for lots of things and now I have another use. Looks beautiful!

  11. Diane, you have done it again, a solution so simple and beautiful this is exactly the reason I read what your doing when ever you post.

  12. I just love this idea! Clean, simple, pretty and best of all, no more fussing with the garland on the bannister. Decorating my stairway is my most dreaded job every season. I will definitely be saving this idea.

  13. Hi,
    What a great and fresh idea! I will show that to my daughter who’s in charge of decorating the staircase! Thank you!

  14. HI Diane. Well, you’ve done it again – impressed the heck out of me with simplicity and ease in a very artful, creative way. Thank heaven for you!

  15. It really looks sweet. Probably took way less time then winding a garland all that way :)

  16. I LOVE this! Going to buy those ties today. You continue to impress me with your constant creativity and problem solving. Merry Christmas!

  17. This is a beautifully simple solution to the ” dreaded” banister dilemma….great idea!!! Looks stunning! I now know what I am going to do with my miles of artificial garland, collecting dust! I am going to repurpose them and cut them into uniform lengths to implement your idea…Thanks Diane!!!

  18. I am with you on the “simpler is better” thing. Since we downsized into a newly-built but smaller home, we eschewed the fake garland from our railing this year & just strung white lights (with white cords) & hung ornaments from the wires. My table tops are simpler & uncluttered. It feels more relaxing – like the house can breathe! Now all I need to do is start purging all that stuff I’ve been keeping around for years! Thanks for all the great ideas, and Merry Christmas!