What says “Christmas” better than a graceful length of evergreen draped along a banister or stair rail — or framing your front door? Garlands can be in these places and more, as you’ll see in this selection of images from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com). Start with boxwood or any outdoor greenery as a base, and add ornaments that complement the color of your front door — secured with a matching or complementary ribbon at the corners, it’s an undeniably warm welcome. Use a variety of greens in clusters as small garlands, or “clump” them together on a mantel and unify the look with silver ornaments, contemporary trees, or votive candles. String evergreen through your chandelier, or attach small clusters of greenery to dining chairs with festive ribbon.
A string of dried magnolia leaves in shades of gold and silver is a striking accent for a modern white fireplace with gold mosaic tile. Garlands can be felt flowers, card stock and vellum “leaves,” or even cupcake liners! Snowflakes made of craft sticks, painted white and secured to a banister with two-sided tape, are a fun accent. String together handmade fabric or paper flowers and fluffy pompoms — or, if you want your guests to get a “message,” print letters on individual circles of card stock, trim with decorative ruffles, and string ribbon through the tops of each card. Finally, don’t forget sparkling artificial garlands — they’re available in colors from pink and blue to green and white and are simple to put up. Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to use it all over the house; even the smallest corner is cheery with its touch.