How to create a stair rail garland

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How to create a stair rail garland

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Transform your staircase into a festive feature in just a few simple steps.

As a functional space, the staircase can often be forgotten when it comes to Christmas styling. With this simple D.I.Y. project, you can transform this space into a festive feature, creating a beautiful point of interest.

Traditional Christmas garlands often resemble a Christmas tree with greenery like mistletoe, ivy and holly. They can be quite fragile and prone to falling off, breaking or being pulled apart by little fingers or pets! These traditional garlands can really only be used once a year.

We’ve taken a slightly different approach, creating a flexible and future-proof garland using curtain lights. They’re hard-wearing and can be used all year around, giving your staircase a little sparkle.

All you’ll need is a set of curtain lights, a ruler or tape measure and a pack of cable clips to attach the lights to the rail.

Tools and materials

1. Add clips to stairwell

First, open the box of clips and spread them out so they are easily accessible. Working from one end of the stairwell, use your ruler to mark out every 40cm and stick a clip onto the rail. Depending on how heavy your lights are, you may need to put a clip every 1530cm.

Sticking a hanging clip to the underside of a stair bannister

2. Untangle your fairy lights

Once you’ve added clips to the entire rail, open the box of curtain lights and start untangling. Make note of where the closest power point is to your rail this will determine how much excess cord you need at the end to reach the plug.

Taking fairy lights out of the box

3. Wrap and drape your fairy lights

Take the end without the plug and starting at the top of the stair rail, hook this onto your first clip. Begin to drape your fairy lights on the decline of your stairwell, clipping the cord onto your clips along the way.

Attaching fairy lights to clips placed on the rails of stairs

4. Hide the cord

When you’ve reached the skirting board, it’s time to hide that excess cord. Run this along your skirting board all the way to the power point switch and try some of our cable covers to keep it protected.

Make sure the power point switch is off, then plug in your lights.

5. Decorate the surroundings

Now is your time to get creative! Add your Christmas ornaments, presents or a comfy chair whatever you like to get the festive feeling.

Add some real greenery for both the look and that beautiful Christmas smell, or some baubles to the hooks for an extra-festive touch. 

Adding festive ornaments to decorate a home

6. Turn it on!

It’s now time for the finishing touch. Switch on the power point and see your stair rail garland come to life!

Fairy lights wrapped around stair rails

Pack up tips

When Christmas comes to a close, you can remove any decorations and keep the lights attached for a little extra sparkle every now and then, or remove them completely until next year. When packing away the curtain lights, try wrapping around coat hanger to keep them neat. 

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