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Christmas Decorating for Staircases

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Pull holiday decor up the stairs. Use these ideas for garlands, wreaths, ornaments and other Christmas decorations on your stairs, banister, landing and staircase walls.

Stairway with decorated garland on banister, art on walls, a lighted, decorated Christmas tree and wrapped gifts along the stairs, and holiday decor on the landing.
Gold ball ornaments and gold stars decorate Christmas garland for stairs.

Your staircase welcomes people to your home, so why not spread holiday decor throughout this area. Start with the banister–hang a green garland filled with gilded and frosted ornaments for a beautifully festive look. This display started with an undecorated artificial garland, then snowball and gold ornaments were wired in, as well as gold stars and eucalyptus leaves. Use twine to attach garland to the railing to prevent scratches on your woodwork.

Lighted, decorated Christmas tree with wrapped gifts by a staircase.

Christmas trees can adorn spaces beyond the living room. Set a small live or artificial tree on the floor or on a short bench or table near the staircase to fill out the holiday look. This prelit artificial tree is decorated similarly to the banister garland for a cohesive style, with additional sparkle from white lights and garnet-red balls.

Stairs and wall with Christmas decor, including garland, white lanterns, white deer head with wreath, artwork and decorated tree at top landing.

That wall space alongside the stairs is a nice background for decorating touches beyond framed pictures. One holiday-theme flourish here is the woodsy wreath hung over an existing decorative deer head. Swap out a few existing decor items for holiday ones to really layer on the Christmas. (At the top landing: another petite decorated tree.)

Rustic star formed from decorative birch picks inside a wooden frame.

Creating your own decorative touches is easy. This star is made from birch-look tree-trimming picks that were cut in half, arranged in a star shape and attached to each other with twine. The star was then hung on the wall centered inside an open frame.


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Stair landing with white console table, decorative shutter, twine wreath, artwork and garland on banister.

Stair landings also are good spots for holiday decor. Set out lanterns and LED candles for extra glimmer, and add decorating touches to existing pieces, such as the branch wreath gracing an existing decorative shutter.

Decorative red tree picks in vases, rustic tabletop tree and Christmas balls next to decorative white shutter.

Tuck small accents wherever you want them. This little birch-look tabletop tree and frosty decorative tree picks in vases complement the woodsy elements of this room. Even a tree ornament – a little woodland creature or shiny ball ornament – adds a bit of holiday fun wherever you set it.