Cheap & Simple Christmas Garland Tutorial for Stairways

Cheap & Simple Christmas Garland Tutorial for Stairways

I love looking at Christmas decorations and have always wanted to buy those expensive but beautiful garlands that match my Christmas tree.  Unfortunately I can’t afford to spend a lot of money on decorations so this year, I’m making my own garland!  Hope you like how it turned out!

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What You’ll Need

  • Christmas Garland
    • Choose the length that you need.  I needed to do my entire stairway and balcony so I purchased two 18-foot garland from Home Depot.
    • You can purchase pre-lit or unlit garland, it just depends on what you want.  I purchased pre-lit garland for $19.99 at Home Depot.
  • Floral Wire
    • Purchased from Walmart for $1.97 for 250 feet.
  • Poinsettia Flower Clips
    • For one 18-foot garland, you will need at least 6.
    • Purchased from Walmart for $0.99 each.
  • Pinecones
    • For one 18-foot garland, you will need between 10-12 medium to large pinecones
    • Can be purchased or found in your yard.
    • If purchased, can be scented, glittered or plain.
    • Purchased at Walmart two scented, gold glittered pinecone bag for $3.97
  • Ball Ornaments
    • Any ball ornament of your choosing in standard size
    • For one 18-foot garland, you will need about 6-8 ball ornaments


Unravel entire garland and spread apart each branch to add fullness.

From the floral wire, cut 10-12 8-inch wires for the pinecones and 6-8 4-inch wires for the ball ornaments and set aside.

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Using the Poinsettia Flower Clips, clip each flower to the main garland strand, not the branches.  Place the first flower 1 foot from the beginning of the garland and placing another flower clip every 3 feet after.

Christmas GarlandNext, gather your pinecones and using the longer 8-inch floral wire, wrap the wire around the base of each pinecone and securing with 1-2 twists (see image below).  Fasten one pinecone at both ends of the garland and two pinecones between each Poinsettia flower using the floral wire to attach pinecones to the main garland strand.

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Gather the ball ornaments and using the 4-inch floral wires, attach the ornaments to the main strand of the garland placing 1-2 between each Poinsettia flower.  Don’t worry if these are a little bit loose.

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Finished Christmas Garland

Hang your garland up and enjoy!


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  • Lindsey Paris

    I went too late to Home Depot for my garland this year. I need to learn to shop early!

  • Charlotte

    This looks like a great option, I wish I had seen this a few weeks ago because this would have been a great addition to our new house, saving for next year

  • julie porter

    This garland turned out so beautifully. Every year I tell myself I’m going to do my stairway and I just never get it done. I’m saving this tutorial for next year, and it will be the first thing I do!

  • Silvia

    Your garland turned out beautiful! Super cute and simple DIY that I have to use next year!

  • Jalisa

    Definitely great for next year. This idea is great especially for those who dislike pine needles.

  • Catherine

    I don’t have stairs in my house but I know if I ever live in a house, my stairs WILL be decorated for Christmas. I love this tutorial and your use of the poinsettia clips. Thanks for sharing!

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Oh i love this!! My garland looks awful as I put it out to the road at the end of Christmas this year. I know what I’m doing next year!

  • CoCo

    This turned out great! I know the struggles of wanting all the pretty matching decorations but not having the budget for it! This is such a helpful DIY. Will have to put it to work next year!

  • Caitlin

    Really pretty garland! I’m going to save this for next year – I’d like to try decorating my staircase!

  • Taylor Mobley

    That turned out so pretty! I love garland around the holidays! I don’t have stairs but maybe over my fireplace or something like that. 🙂

  • Katya

    That’s such a great DIY idea! Also so affordable! I’m bookmarking it now so I can try recreating it next year! Thank you for sharing!

  • Cecilia Cannon

    wow! I love how you did your own garland cause they can be just to pricey! I definitely pinned this on my DIY holiday board for next year.

  • Dawn McAlexander

    You did a fantastic job with that garland. It looks really traditional and fancy. I really like it.

  • CourtneyLynne

    Omg I just love thIs!!!! Looks simple enough to do. It would look fabulous on my stairs

  • Jazz

    This is great how you’ve broken down the exact lengths and quantities for each item. Thanks for sharing!

  • HilLesha

    This is so pretty! I’d love to something like this some year. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!