Decorating the stair bannister - ideas

(56 Posts)
kiwidreamer Wed 02-Oct-13 18:03:53

Any not-to-expensive ideas around? I've love a garland, dripping with fancy baubles maybe potentially but I suspect that is going to be very pricey and DH would have a fit at that kind of money spent on Xmas decorations not that that generally stops me so does anyone have any inspired ideas for decorating the stair bannister tastefully I came up with tinsel on my own

TessTackle Wed 02-Oct-13 18:07:29

I know you already said dreaded tinsel, but you can add a string (strings) of festive beads to it and little pine cones which you can spray silver or gold or sparkly I make it less Tinsely iyswim? Sounds loony but it's what we do at my mums and it looks beautiful smile

SoupDragon Wed 02-Oct-13 18:09:51

I used to decorate mine with matt green tinsel and gold pine cones.

missmargot Wed 02-Oct-13 18:11:20

How about an advent calendar running up the bannister? We have one made from miniature rusty buckets that looks really sweet.

TessTackle Wed 02-Oct-13 18:11:42

Sounds beautiful Soup

kiwidreamer Wed 02-Oct-13 18:11:49

I could manage something like that, I have deep creative aspirations but very shallow talent wink we've been collecting pine cones already and they are drying in the airing cupboard.

Everything I find on Pinterest requires 1000 leagues of creative talent!!!

kiwidreamer Wed 02-Oct-13 18:12:42

how do you attach the pinecones to the tinsel?

kiwidreamer Wed 02-Oct-13 18:13:15

I have a glue gun OTT much!!

beachesandbuckets Wed 02-Oct-13 18:13:42

I got a garland of green fir pines/cones and thread it around the bannister then got some glass white/silver baubles and hung them onto garland with plain cotton thread. From Homebase, not too pricey and on third year. Ripped off from The White Company catalogue.

SoupDragon Wed 02-Oct-13 18:20:48

Mine came with string ready attached grin We have very posh pine trees around here wink

It should be fairly easy to glue string to a pine cone with a glue gun though.

I had to stop putting it round the bannisters when we got cats [sigh]

I have done something similar to the snowflakes and baubles one on this website with baubles on very thin ribbon.

I try every year to hang a wreath a la Martha Stewart at the bottom of the bannister. The effect is spoilt when DS hangs his school coat over it.

elfycat Wed 02-Oct-13 18:32:59

I have low voltage led lights (about 400 lights over 20 metres, something like that) which I wind between the lower parts of the spindles. I then loop faux-pine garlands and ropes of red beads through as well. Very effective and I don't tend to need to turn the hallway lights on (sparkly higher energy ones. I probably SAVE money leaving LEDs on)

I bought some of those long wired faux fir swags a few years back (from those "Christmas Shops" that spring up in shopping centres.

I love the baubles on ribbons (might do that this year) .
I love lights on the bannister on the landing but it's a trial to unwind them again.

One year , I collected tiny teddy bears and had A Teddy Bear on Every Step (an idea pinched from an article about Christmas Hotels)

TessTackle Wed 02-Oct-13 19:15:46
TessTackle Wed 02-Oct-13 19:16:45

70 my mum has a lead Beat on every step at her house and they're not just for Christmas grin

TessTackle Wed 02-Oct-13 19:16:59

Bastard typo *bear

trixymalixy Wed 02-Oct-13 19:18:06

I used fresh ivy from our garden last year. It looked lovely for about a day then it all wilted. I may try again this year with those oasis things.

SoupDragon Wed 02-Oct-13 19:19:33

TheWoollybacksWife In one of the pictures on your link, someone seems to have stuck a whole pineapple on their newel post!

OldRoan Wed 02-Oct-13 19:20:19

Whatever you decide, my top tip is to set aside an afternoon to do it in, or better two! We have garlands and lights - first it takes forever to do because I always seem to go back and alter the middle section, second the garland loses a bit of the green stuff and it needs vacuuming, and third by the time you have done all the twirling of green you can't be bothered getting the lights done straight away.

Looks brilliant though. Keep an eye on ACHICA for good value Christmas decorations.

Gatekeeper Wed 02-Oct-13 19:22:14

can you knit? I made 25 knitting mini stockings a few years ago- each with different coloured wools, patterns etc and tied them onto some rough twine. Each year they are hung from the handrail and I bung in a couple of treats for my dc every night so acts like an Advent calender

I've just seen that SoupDragon smile

That would stop him in his coat-discarding tracks grin

kiwidreamer Wed 02-Oct-13 19:52:52

Oooh see I posted with the goal to find a cost effective option but now I'm feeling the pull of a proper garland with baubles on ribbons and soft white lights and and and.... allllllll the pretty festive things!

Surely I could put something together for £50 at most, the bannister isn't even that big or posh

Cluelessat30 Wed 02-Oct-13 20:00:13

woollyback i just got my first pre-Christmas high looking at your link! Fa la la la la, la la la LAAAAA!

Glad to be of Christmas service grin

OldRoan Wed 02-Oct-13 20:07:37

Try Paperchase. They tend to do 3 for 2 if you wait a bit.

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:16:10

It is quite pricey to make it from scratch.

But if you have a look on ebay you can get a couple of garlands for quite a reasonable cost. Two should be enough to hang the length of the bannister.

I bought some when a local boutique was doing a closing down sale, but I've seen loads of nice ones on ebay. I especially like Gisela graham or John Lewis for good quality.

My two are frosted fir with snowy pinecones attached and I've got a string of lights to run along them, plus I picked up some cute red glass baubles, only an inch in diameter, off ebay. They will hang prettily all along the garland. Ohhhh I can't wait! smile

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:19:35

Another thing I do is I put up all the Christmas cards in an attractive arrangement on the bannister (I use blue tac and just attach them straight onto the balustrades), with ribbons to prettify it, and sometimes a branch hanging along the top with some decorations strung onto it. Looks lovely.

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:28:38

Oh and a few years ago I made some little ornaments out of felt - just hearts, trees, stockings, stars and other such traditional items - embellished with beads and sequins and other bits and bobs. They were really simple (I've not done much sewing), just a running stitch around the edge and stuffed with toy stuffing, didn't take more than a few evenings to do, and maybe a week or so for the embellishing. They looked really festive and the sequins sparkled beautifully in the light from the tree. I just sewed a ribbon on to each one and tied one to the bottom of each balustrade.

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 02-Oct-13 20:30:40

I got our garland in Costco - it is two metres or so long, so long enough to go up the banister, and it has baubles, ribbon and cones already attached. It has lasted very well, this will be about the fourth year, and it was only about £25.

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:31:49

Argh I am hopeless for taking loads of posts to say something I could have very easily fit into one. Never mind.

Many garlands on ebay are only 15 pounds or so each, I'm sure you could get a really lovely setup for 50 pounds, including lights and extra baubles/decorations.

I've started looking on ebay for Christmas decorations now as I like to buy one or two per week to spread the cost, and there are loads on there.

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:41:02

I've had a quick look and there are some pretty ones on ebay right now smile

Depends on what you like, of course, but it's worth a look grin

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 02-Oct-13 20:44:02

I've just had a look at this year's Costco garlands - they are now £32.89 but are 9 foot (I thought 2m was a bit short when I typed it above!).

http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/cos_4,cos_4.9,cos_4.9.5/913255R?category=cos_4.9.5

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:44:02

Ohhh there's a nice fir one with little fruits and pinecones on it 2m long, £29.99

I want it for myself!!

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 02-Oct-13 20:44:42

Aaarrgghh!! Sorry! clickable link

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 20:47:19

Ohhh that's nice. And yes, 2m is a bit short actually, wouldn't run the full length of my bannister. All of these garlands could be added to with other decorations, if you wanted to. Much fun :-)

NoComet Wed 02-Oct-13 21:23:06

OP, you want un breakable and themed baubles for stairs, so B&Q or supermarket sets are perfect. Lights don't have to be dear.

Decent garlands are, unless you are lucky £££ and a pain to store

Snowgirl1 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:29:08

How do you fix your garlands? We don't have spindles - we've got a 1970s house with a 'horizontal' spindle. Anyone got any advice on how to attach garlands to one of these?

dementedma Wed 02-Oct-13 21:32:20

Sad we live in a flat and dont have any stairs, let alone spindles to decorate.

HolgerDanske Wed 02-Oct-13 21:54:06

dementedma, have you maybe got windowsills? Garlands would look lovely fitted along the bottom of the window. Not sure how to do it, though...

Snowgirl, I would probably try to wind it round somehow? And use string or ribbon to fix it in place..

link how about something like this. A string of lights and tieing ribbon up and down the wire. If you keep the colours white for the lights and red and green for the ribbon I think thats very festive.

curiousgeorgie Wed 02-Oct-13 23:40:33

Wow, I'd love to do bears on every step but I fear the dog would have an absolute field day as soon as we went out and we would return to an absolute massacre! wink

Anyone have ideas for decorating fireplaces? I always do the same thing with two stockings and some bells, berries & garland on top and I'm bored with it!

missmargot Thu 03-Oct-13 08:40:57

Top tip is fishing wire- light, practically invisible and really strong so great for fastening decorations in place.

Vintagebeads Thu 03-Oct-13 09:02:11

I got garland from Primark-I tied two togther to make the lenght of my stairs, and added balls (big box of 50)and some ribbon.It was not at all expensive.I got all of it from Primark and was surprised at how nice their stuff was.

Vintagebeads Thu 03-Oct-13 09:05:53

snowgirl my mum has this problem she got stick on -clear in color- hooks.
They are the ones, where you pull the glue stuff out to remove them without marking the wall.These- but bigger- www.3mdirect.co.uk/p-541-6-x-mini-hooks-with-3m-command-strips-225g.aspx

MrsHoratioNelson Thu 03-Oct-13 10:29:45

Has anyone seen any pine garlands that are not wired? I have some wired ones but they never quite sit right on the bannister. My mum has some that are softer, more like very thick tinsel (but not sparkly) that are easier to thread through the spindles.

Rubybrazilianwax Thu 03-Oct-13 11:08:44

I use a think wired one for mine. Lights go on first. Then I wire things on. I would advise picking up a packet of florist wires, about £1 for a florist. Cut these in half and bend into a hair pin shape to wire things on. Easier than using a glue gun especially of you want to remove things before packing away.
-pine ones (which you can spray gold/silver or leave natural)
-dried apples/oranges
-cinnamon sticks (don't buy in the supermarket, a bag of the 20cm long ones is about £5 on eBay. You can break them up and tie 3 with rafffia or ribbon to wire onto garland, tree or to Finian off a gift wrap)
- faux berries, poinsettias etc. You can get these anywhere. A berry branch can be taken apart if you unravel the paper ey put round the wire or cut with snappers. These can be wired on. Dunelm mill is great for realistic ponsettias. Those little candle rings you pick up in£1 shops can also be take apart.

Obviously you wouldn't put all see on, it would depend on the look you a going for. If rustic style, use raffia etc, or more glam you can add baubles in it too. Last year Tesco did a tub of e little mini baubles which look better than big ones on a garland.

For fresh foliage, fir branches, eucalyptus, holly will all keep for about a week before and beyond for a while. If you really want to go to town. You can ask in your florist for some plastic test tube holders. These are used to pack flowers like gerbera, they have a little suction lid on the top. You can add fresh flower head and fill with water it's like a little vase. But probably only mad obsessive people like me go that far.

Rubybrazilianwax Thu 03-Oct-13 11:13:16

Here are a few stair ideas
this is just using snowflakes instead of traditional garland
a change from the horizontal I a tidally think this would look amazing done in branches of red dogwood. You always see this growing around put of town shopping centres or industrial estates
plain greenery this would cost nothing to make!

Ah, I was going to do this this year! This thread has reminded me that we have cats though, ffs sad

Snowgirl1 Thu 03-Oct-13 11:46:34

HolgerDanske sadly my garland isn't long enough to wrap round...but maybe this is my excuse to upgrade to a nice new looong garland!

Vintagebeads I think I have some of those 3m hooks somewhere - I'll give those a try if I can convince DH to allow them to be attached to the newly painted bannister

Missmargot fishing wire is a good idea too. I'm also wondering if those clear-ish plastic cable ties would be an option.

I use a mixture of fairy lights and on the shorter bit outside the kitchen like knitted doll children lights.

Snowgirl1 Thu 03-Oct-13 11:48:56

Whispers we have cats too. I just use plastic baubles, so that if they do get them off there's no damage done. To be honest they're not that bothered about it - but I guess it depends on how playful your cats are. Do yours attack your tree much? If not, you can probably get away with it.

WRT fastening them.
I got some stretchy clear silicone fasteners from Lakeland a few years back.
They're like those tapes for the garden but invisible.
A loop at one end, you thread the strip through on it's side .There are little stopper things to hold in place when it's twisted straight.

(That was clear as mud wasn't it grin )

I know what you mean 70isaLimitNotaTarget, because I have them too.

I've not seen them since.

SoupDragon Fri 04-Oct-13 07:11:31

I have some of those that I think I got from a garden centre's Christmas department. smile

kiwidreamer Fri 04-Oct-13 14:14:13

Not clear cable ties?

Loving all the ideas, I'm definitely sold on doing something interesting... toss up between the Costco garland all decorated or a plain / maybe frosted garland with lights and baubles / maybe Nordic-ish decorations.

I wish we had enough space / money to do lovely, themed decorations each year but I just to be more creative I guess!

HolgerDanske Fri 04-Oct-13 22:23:25

I am Danish, so I love the Nordic/Scandinavian homemade and crafted style. And they are generally easy and fairly simple to make :-)

I'm going to do a Scandi theme next year, and in 2015 I am thinking of doing proper kitsch (but tastefully done, somehow.

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