Project: Light Up Your Stairway Banister

by | Dec 8, 2013

Need help thinking of a quick way to add sparkle to your entryway to welcome your Christmas guests?

(Or planning a New Year’s Eve party?  Don’t forget that your Christmas decorations do double-duty!)

Try this easy project to highlight a focal point of your home’s architecture – your bannister or stair hand-railing.

Meg took on this challenge and has done a fantastic job of showing us another great way to use basic white lights to their best advantage.  Using  basic Christmas garland she wrapped white mini lights into them then installed them on her banister.  The project took just part of an afternoon.

Meg attached the garland, wrapped with the lights to the railing with garland ties that she picked up a local craft store.

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Photo of lights and garland along the railing.

Tailor your mini lights to the size and length of your banister and your available garland.

If you want to try a color other than white, choose other colors to accent your greenery.

Try:

  • red
  • blue
  • green
  • multi
  • red, white and frost for a candy cane look
  • pink
  • purple
  • teal

Pick up the colors in your home accents or mirror the lights you’ve used on your tree.

Choose the distance between the bulbs based on the size of your garland – the fatter the garland, the wider the spacing.

And kind of mini light strand will work as long as it has end-to-end connections.  Be sure to check the tags/manufacturer’s specifications to make sure that you don’t run too many lights in series.  If you are hitting that upper limit, to prevent the need to run an extension cord along your stairs, start a run of lights from the bottom of the stairs and another run from the top and meet them in the middle.

For larger projects, commercial Christmas tree light strings that can be run over 400 feet in series.

We’d love to see photos of your project!!

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