SPONSORED: I’ve partnered with Wayfair to share how I am decorating our new apartment for a big holiday house warming party that we will be having. Wayfair is my go-to for so many pieces in my home and their holiday section is AMAZING. This year I decided to go all out for the holidays and I was so impressed going through all of Wayfair’s holiday decor options.
I first thought that I would decorate my fireplace, but decided to tackle a bigger transformation. Keep reading to see how I transformed our staircase from this:
STEP ONE: GARLAND SELECTION AND INSTALLATION
Wayfair has an incredible holiday garland selection:
Let’s talk about artificial greenery for a minute. You all know how much I love natural greenery and my devotion to plants. However, holiday garlands are one area where I think artificial greenery is the way to go. Installing a garland takes some effort and natural greens can be very high maintenance. In addition, you can reuse a quality artificial garland year after year, which can ultimately be cost effective.
But how do you find an artificial garland that doesn’t look cheap and fake? Enter Wayfair. There are so many wonderful choice, but I ultimately opted for this 25-foot garland to tackle my staircase transformation. Installing a big garland like this may seem intimidating, but this was honestly a lot of fun and I want to share everything that I learned to make your install super easy.
This garland is a beauty! Click here to see which one I chose:
The first thing that Jeff said when he saw it was - where did you get a real garland that big?! The garland is gorgeous and does not look fake at all. Don’t worry about adjusting the branches it before attaching it to the stairs - that part comes later. Just pull it out of the box and get started. Every project has to start somewhere!
Here’s what I used to attach the garland to the stairs:
You can really use anything that ties, but I opted for a mix of black ribbon and floral wire to attach the garland to the stairs. There’s no magic to this part, just take your time. I started from the top of the staircase and worked my way down, tying the garland to the staircase at regular intervals.
My “helper” was a little dubious of the garland at first, but then got interested in the project!
Real talk - initially it will not look great. It will look like this:
But don’t give up! The biggest tip I can offer during this part is to train all of the branches in one direction (I chose downward) as you tie the garland to the staircase. This will make a BIG difference. As you can see in the photo below, I had started to adjust the branches on the upper bannister and not the landing. The branch adjustment goes a long way into making the garland look more natural.
STEP TWO: PERSONALIZE YOUR GARLAND
Once the garland is securely attached the bannister, feel free to get creative and add anything you want as additional detail. I chose to tuck some fresh eucalyptus into the garland for the fragrance and to add some additional texture. You can typically find fresh greenery at your local grocery store, which is what I did. While I was attaching the garland to the stairs, I kept the fresh greens in water and you can see how many used for the entire project below. This was two bunches,
I mostly just tucked it in casually, but you can secure bigger pieces with floral wire if you want to. There is no science to this - just have fun1
Once I added the fresh greenery throughout and made sure that all of the garland branches were pointing the same way, the garland looked liked this:
Next, I added some ornaments I had on hand to add a little contrast. There is no wrong way to decorate a garland - just have fun with it! Wayfair also has a wide selection of ornaments to choose from.
AND THEN YOU’RE DONE!!
I am so happy with the way this project worked out and can’t wait to have friends and family over for the holidays. If you’re looking for a unique and high impact project to tackle this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with this one. This project took about two hours total, but I think it would take less time knowing in advance what to do with the branches in advance.