A First Time For Everything… Even Banisters!

I’ve always wanted to decorate a banister for Christmas, but never had the chance until this year. So I was pretty excited to give it a shot.

This is one of my inspiration photos…

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I love the lushness of the greenery… and look, did you notice the cedar? Exactly what I had in mind… and I know just where I can find some ;-)

So here’s a before of our banister. A photo taken months ago, before we were moved in.

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And here’s one at the halfway stage of the cedar installation.

I was on a roll and kept forgetting to take pictures!

This is how it looks now.

I think it needs a little something else, but my family likes it just the way it is. I have some ideas…

So we’re going to live with it and see how it feels while we work on the rest of the house… If I add anything, I’ll make sure you get to see the end result!

Do you have anything on your decorating wish list to try?

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Comments

  1. It looks lovely. I love those branches, I never used them before. I have some leftover form the wedding and am putting them all over the house. Might have to do it every year!

    Did you tie them on the to banister?

    • Thank you Jessica! The biggest thing is keeping them moist because they want to dry out once they’re cut. I lightly spray the boughs with water each day, just to keep them moist for longer. I actually used painters tape to mount them to the banister, and just tried to hide it under the boughs. By starting at the bottom and working up I was able to overlap the greens and hook some of the branches into the bough below. Tying with fishing line is a great way to do it, but I’m way too impatient ;-) I might regret not tying though!

  2. I love it just the way it is! My banister needs something, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. You really should come to my house and start decorating here.

  4. I love decorating our banister as we don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate. My decorating for the banister has evolved over the last 3 years too, so it’s been fun to play around and add a few things here and there. So far this year I’ve added some candy canes which I think adds some fun to it. I’ll post some photos soon. Your banister looks great – how long did that take you? I love the look of fresh greens, so pretty and must smell so good too.

    • Candy canes is a great idea, and I agree – fun! I can’t wait to see photos :-) In total I think my banister took me an hour and a half, but I cheated – I used painters tape to hold the boughs on instead of tying them on, and then just covered the tape up with the overlapping boughs… how do you hold yours on?

      • zip ties if you can believe that – ha! If you look closely in the photo I posted the other day you can see one of the ties loud and clear (read: embarrassing!) – oh well. It works and it looks pretty with the lights out or dimmed.

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  6. Looks great so far, Sheila! I love decorating banisters but I’m taking a pass on my this year. Too large and it takes me a full day which I don’t have to spare right now. Come check out my blog for a giveaway starting today.

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  7. LOVE real cedar in the house! I bet your staircase smells awesome, great job Mrs!
    Meagan

    • Thanks Meagan! I love the real boughs because the smell is so ‘Christmas’… but I have to stay on top of keeping them moist or they don’t look so great after a little while :-(

  8. It looks beautiful Sheila! I bet it smells great. So misting helps keep them fresh? I think it might be worth the extra work because it looks so great. Do you agree? :)

    • Thank you Kelly!
      I’ve found the misting helps. It just slows down the drying out process. Depending on how warm it is in the house I mist every 2nd day… but by the time take-down happens, the greens are pretty much toast! One little movement and all the greens do like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree ;-)

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