Beautiful Christmas Banister

Recently, my friend Joy sent me a few pics of  her banister decorated for Christmas. When I saw the photos, I gasped!  It’s covered in hundreds of ornaments and took several hours to create…worth every moment!

Christmas Banister Decorations

I asked Joy how she created this stunning look and she said, “It’s two strands of garland wrapped in three strands of 100 lights. I work each strand individually and wrap it with the garland so that the cords don’t show.”

Christmas Banister Decorations

“Then I start placing the ornaments. I cluster small and medium ornaments together, similar to a cluster of grapes, and then add the larger ornaments as highlights.”

Christmas Banister Decorations

“Some of the larger ornaments are the same color and some are accent colors.”

Christmas Banister Decorations

“I’ve always used silver, red, and pearl ornaments, but this year, I added some touches of blue.”

Christmas Banister Decorations

Joy, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful banister decorated for Christmas. It’s breathtakingly beautiful!

Christmas Banister Decorations


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  1. Wow, that is amazing! Your friend did an amazing job, it looks stunning. Diane

  2. Tracey@Breathing English Air says

    It must have taken your friend ages to create this, but worth it, because it looks amazing.

  3. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Gorgeous! Makes me want to have a staircase to decorate. Thank your friend Joy for sharing it with us, I can only imagine what the rest of her home looks like. See you this evening. hugs ~lynne~

  4. Designs By Pinky says

    This is STUNNINGLY gorgeous!!! Magazine worthy! Thanks to both of you for sharing this!!! AND, how she did it! Fabulous!!!! XO, Pinky

  5. It is stunning–I like that it is not color coded to match and I like the lushness of it! Great job.

  6. Splendid Sass says

    Ok, we need a tutorial here. This is stunning, and I want to make one.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Jacqueline says

    Unbelievably gorgeous! I can't imagine the time it took to create such a fabulous banister. The incredible ornaments just make it.

  8. sabrymagic says

    And 'beautiful to the railing of your friend …..
    A big kiss

  9. The Real Me! says

    It makes me want to add a second story just so I can have stairs. LOL! She did a GREAT job!

  10. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says

    WOW!! Susan her banister looks beautiful!! Martina

  11. Oh, her banister is just glorious! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  12. Tombstone Livestock says

    Gorgeous, must have taken a lot of time to put together, and probably even more to take it down. Thanks for sharing, Glad I don't have a 2 story house cause I would want it decorated just like that.

  13. breathtaking!!!
    absolutely gorgeous!!
    ..if only i didn't have a 3 yo,6 and 7 yo going up and down my stairs!!!

  14. Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas says

    It truly is gorgeous! I love it!

    Lou Cinda

  15. That is gorgeous! Looks just like Pottery Barn's that you hacked w/ a touch of blue. I wish she would come and do mine! ;o)

  16. J'ai tout simplement says

    Muito bonito estes arranjos! um sonho, um natal bem iluminado. Abrç

  17. Passionate for White says

    Just beautiful!

  18. Oh my how beautiful. Makes me wish I had a banister to do.


  19. Wow, she is good!..what a beauty this is..I would want to keep it up all year..

  20. This is one of the prettiest garlands I have ever seen. I think the colors are just beautiful, and bright! She is very talented!

    Glad I got see it and appreciate all of her patience and hard work!


  21. It's gorgeous!…Christine

  22. Entertaining Women says

    Now that takes a real vision and dedication. I'm impressed…just beautiful! Cherry Kay

  23. Debbie @ says

    HI Susan, this is beautiful! I saw something like this over a mirror and they used mostly vintage ornaments….it was gorgeous! See you tonite!

  24. vignette design says

    Gasping here too! Absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

  25. Alycia Nichols says

    Wow!!! That took a LOT of work and patience and talent and skill…all the things that at this moment I doubt I have in comparison!!!! I have not put up one single decorative item inside for Christmas yet. No tree, no garland, no wreaths…nothing! I just can't catch the bug yet this year. I'm hoping to awaken tomorrow with a great deal of energy and imagination to fuel the decorative spirit. Here's hoping!

  26. Just beautiful!

  27. I wish I still had a bannister to decorate! I love this look. what a beautiful job!

  28. On Crooked Creek says

    This bannister is gorgeous!!! your friend, JOY did a remarkable job with the color hues and all the bright lights! Sparkle for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  29. That is gorgeous!

  30. The colors are calming and high-end! Joy has a sophisticated eye! Love the details on the ornaments. Are they glass or plastic balls? I'm afraid I'll be a copy-cat on this one! It's just too beautiful!! Don't worry, I'll give Joy all the credit! Thanks for sharing Susan!

  31. I love your stairwell decorations! Did you use battery operated lights or plug-in? Thanks.

  32. They are plug-in lights. We had an outlet on our landing upstairs. This was the final year for this banister. In May, we moved to a single story house. I’m going to miss my banister this year.

  33. Beautiful! How are the ornaments attached to the garland?? I think I’m going to try this myself. 🙂

  34. The ornaments are just hung on there using normal ornament hooks. This year, if we were still in that house, I’d have had to do something different to secure them because we have a toddler.

  35. Susan, my respect to your friend! This is simply gorgeous! I’m trying my best to do something similar and so far I have bled from every single finger on both my hands!!lol ouch…would send you pictures but it’s to painful and just yucky!!lol…Your friend’s garland was sure a labor of love! Will let you know how mine ended up looking like…well other than Red All Over. !

    • Lizy, ouch! Had no idea it was so painful. That reminds me of when I made the shell chargers…had some sore fingers for a few days. I know it’s going to be beautiful when you’re finished. 🙂

  36. I need more direction. Did you double the purchased garland THEN wrap lights? I would love to tackle this project.

  37. Yes. I put the garland on first and them wrapped in lights. With my lights I traveled down and then back up with the lights, but carefully wrapped them so the cords were not obvious. The larger ornaments, medium ones, followed by small, and finally the bells.

  38. And yes, it’s two pieces of garland.

  39. Absolutely beautiful!!!!
    I love reading your blog everyday. It makes my day.
    Thanks for all your sharing and caring.

  40. Dianne Different says

    This may be a dumb question but 2 garlands end to end OR side by side?
    Beautiful either way.

  41. It’s two pieces end to end. It overlaps just a little right in the middle.

  42. How many ornaments did you use??? This is absolutely stunning.

  43. I’m trying to do something new with my banister and love what your friend did. Can you tell me if she wraps the banister or just lays it on the top of it?
    Thank you

  44. Wow! Simply gorgeous!!

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