It’s a tradition!
Every year, my mother invites me over to her house to decorate for Christmas. Christmas comes early at her house, at least in part, because both of her brothers’ families visit each Thanksgiving, and we all have an early Christmas with one another. We look forward to it every year, but my mother insists that her Christmas decorations are entirely up before her family arrives for Thanksgiving.
No more garland!
For the last several years, we have been putting a large garland full of lights and ornaments on her railing going up the stairs. It is usually beautiful, but the railing becomes essentially non-existent, and guests are forced to use the wall for balance. No one wants hands rubbing all over the walls. My mother especially would not like that right now since her best friend made a beautiful Memory Wall for my mother. We had to come up with another solution to decorate without covering the railing.
Here is our solution:
We love it because it is simple and elegant with the perfect festive touch without covering the hand rail.
How it is made
We started with two evergreen sprigs from a craft store. These had lovely little pinecones already attached.
Next we flipped one of the sprigs upside down and laid them together. I found a piece of metal wire that perfectly twisted to hold the sprigs together on each end. A piece of floral wire would work just as well to secure the sprigs.
The two sprigs secured together now look like one long sprig.
Gather your decorations. We found this lovely burlap poinsettia and berry sprig. We placed them together.
Next, we attached them to the sprigs with floral wire.
We made a bow.
We used floral wire to attach the bow to the sprigs to cover anything undesirable like sticks or posts etc.
I used floral wire to attach the decoration to the railing.
We made a few more to go up the stairs.
From a different angle.
You can see the Memory Wall in this shot, too.
It really was the perfect solution to the hand rail dilemma. The hand rail is free. The Memory Wall is safe, and the decorations are lovely.
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