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quick. easy. cheap. | stylish christmas decor

A while back I was topic hunting & someone suggested I offer up some tips on tasteful holiday decor. I love to decorate for the holidays. Making them special, fabulous & classy is something I work hard to do. There are some BEAUTIFUL decorations out there, but for every one that is beautiful, there is also something horribly tacky. So, to help inspire you to make your home beautiful for the holidays, I have a very easy project for you to do this weekend & you need nothing more than two hands & a big box store to make it happen. ;)

I feel like the most prominent piece of holiday decor is a banister with garland. I love the feel of them & the nighttime glow is so pretty! After living with my boring Costco prelit garlands for a few years, I decided to sass them up last year. I double checked & all the supplies are still available this year, so I thought I’d show you how to add some sparkle & glam to your blah garlands.

I added three simple pieces of coordinating decor, plus some ribbon. I like to decorate with deep jewel tones. I look for anything rich & glittery, not too bright or I think it looks cheap. All three pieces here are from Hobby Lobby & they are currently 50% off, taking each little stem to between 50 cents & a dollar. You can find similar items at Michaels. I’d look for one more substantial piece (like the fruit/pine cones) and then add a couple simple stems for texture in coordinating colors.

I stuck the decorative stems into the garland at reasonably regular intervals. I didn’t secure them, just stuck them in, so I can easily remove them at the end of the season.

& voila! For about $20 my cheapie garland went from looking drab to feeling fab. How easy was that?

Happy weekend! :)

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  • Erinn - Thanks for the suggestions! We just happened to buy the Costco garland last weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Shibahn - WOW! That is soo pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Love it! But you know what else I would really LOVE to see…if you pulled back the shot and showed the entire banister…only b/c I really am interested in how you did your frames on the wall ;)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Fallon - Shawna,

    My daughter Abi Fallon Vasquez told me about your blog. I stopped decorating my bannisters a few years ago, but you have inspired me to try again this year. Just what I needed – another task to do before Christmas! But Seriously thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Great to meet you.
    CarolReplyCancel

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