Even though we have been in our home for 2 years, this was the first year I decided to add garland to our banister. I knew I wanted the softness of real garland instead of the stiffness of faux. I really love the convenience of our other faux greens but to get enough to do our whole banister would be costly. I decided to go real this year to test it out and see how I like it thinking next year I would go faux but I absolutely love the look and SMELL of the real greens.
I purchased 25′ of cedar roping and sticks of fresh white pine and boxwood. My local flower shop had everything I needed which made it so easy. The 25′ was enough to do our banister going up the stairs but not enough for the catwalk. Since it was a little pricey and it being our first year, not knowing how it would hold up I decided for now to just stick with what we got.
Hanging the garland was much easier with two people. I was able to hold it in place while Justin tied twine against the banister to hold it tight. I used twine since it was close to our banister color and it blends easily. We just went with the natural flow of the garland and draped it all the way down the stairs. I am not going to lie it made a mess but nothing unmanageable.
After the cedar was hung I went around and just started adding the pine and boxwood sticks. These add so much texture and fill in any bare spots from the cedar draping. I added some holiday bows to top off the look. After a few days now it is holding up great! The cedar is falling a little bit but I got a tip from another blogger use a spray bottle to mist the garland. This is really making a difference. I am excited to see how it holds up for the rest of the season!