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How to Design a Colorful Christmas Staircase

December 13, 2019

Step outside of the red-and-green box this holiday season and jazz up your space with glittering jewel tones, instead.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia. From: Morgan Faulkner.

A Colorful Christmas

Deck the halls — or staircase in our case — with a lush Christmas garland brimming with vivid color, playful textures and stylish accessories. We combined artificial greenery garland with an array of ornaments for a simple project with a rewarding finish. Bonus: We'll show how to create a festive bar cart display, also.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Fluff Garland

For this project, we connected two 9-foot garlands together. Begin by fluffing the garland to achieve a full, lush appearance. Starting at either end, pull the branches out from the base, straighten and spread them apart. Turn on some holiday tunes and repeat this process for the entire length of the garland.

pre-lit christmas garland

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia

Add Ornament Bundles

After you've finished fluffing the garland, begin adding in ornament bundles throughout. This step will save the hassle of trying to add ornaments to the garland once hung on the stairs — especially the upper portion of the handrail that's hard to reach. To create a bundle of ornaments, add 2-3 baubles to a large ornament hook, mixing in different colors and sizes. Then, attach the hook to a branch and twist until secure. Since the back of the garland will be flush with the staircase, only add the bundles to the front. Repeat this throughout the garland, mixing colors and textures as you go.

large ornament hooks

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Attach Garland

To avoid damaging the handrail, twist two chenille stems — also known as pipe cleaners — together to create one big stem. Place the stem around the garland and around the handrail. Twist tightly and trim any excess. Use dark-hued chenille stems to seamlessly blend in with the railing, or cover the stem with a decorative bow.

dark green chenille stems

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