9 Pretty Ways to Use Christmas Garland in Your Home

Are you ready to deck the halls for Christmas? We all use garland around our home for Christmas decorating. I have 9 pretty ways to use Christmas garland in your home.

Garland is an iconic decoration for the Christmas holiday. It comes in different materials, colors, and styles. Garland isn’t just for your mantel or staircase, although those are classic places.

Need some new places and styles for your garland?

We use Christmas garlands in several places throughout our home. Maybe you’ve never thought of one of these places for your own home.

How do you decorate your home with Christmas garland? Easily!

Over the past several days, Sweet Shark and I have been laying out and fluffing our garland (which, in all honesty, is one of my least favorite jobs). Then comes adding new lights or putting new batteries in fairie lights.

Each year we change up some of the garland decorations. We add different accessories to the garland for a new look.

Even though we label which garland goes where, we still often ask each other, “What did this look like last year?”

But I have the solution for that problem: I just look at last year’s blog post. Then we can decide if we want to duplicate it or design something different.

Christmas Garland Tour

I’m going to take you through a tour of our home, showing you these pretty Christmas garland decorating ideas from the past couple of years.

Decorating your home with garland will put you in a holiday mood.

Join me as I show you ideas to deck the halls with garland.

I’m going to take you through our home, room by room. Let’s start at the front door.

NOTE: I will say that we bought all our garland over 20 years ago – I think we have 10 9-ft. pieces. We bought the best, natural-looking garland we could afford and it has lasted for all these years. I think garland is like wine and good shoes: buy the best you can afford.

1 – Front Door Garland

Inside we use artificial garland, but outside I like to mix in real garland.

By the front door, we usually decorate our vintage sleigh with garland – with lights, of course.

For the sleigh, all I did was weave the garland across the sleigh and pop on a bright red check bow and faux holly beads for a pop of color.

Front Door Christmas Sleigh Greenery

Last year, I used one of our white planters filled with garland.

Christmas front door

You can see more front-door images here.

We also discovered last year that there were screws across the top of our door frame. This year I will definitely have garland above our front door frame. Of course, I will have lights in the garland.

2 – Christmas Garland In the Entry

Your entry, no matter the size, is prime real estate for Christmas garland.

Drape garland across the top of any large mirror or picture you have for a festive look.

You can also drape garland across the top of a console or entryway table.

TIP: Use batteryoperated lights on timers any place you can. It will make your life so much easier. I love this option because it comes in silver or gold and it’s a great price for a 5-pack.

lighted entry Christmas vignette

3 – Christmas Garland on the Banister

Banisters are classic places to decorate with garland. I like to embellish the garland for color and interest.

What can you attach to the green garland?

  • ball ornaments
  • festive bows
  • floral picks
  • stockings
  • Christmas decorations
  • lights

We typically add the BOL (battery-operated lights) first.

TIP: Buy lots of batteries. We usually have to replace them at least once during the holidays.

For this garland, I added ball ornaments in red, white, gold, and green.

TIP: I like to gather three ornaments, attach them together, and add them as one piece to the garland. Pipe cleaners or floral wire work well for this task.

Large bows made from two different ribbons bring in color and pull the eye in. Sometimes I also put bows at the top of the banisters.

Last year for the first time, I added our Christmas stockings for a new look.

banister with garland and stocks and small Christmas tree

On the other side of the staircase, we have a tall metal candle stand. I like to wrap it with garland and lights.

Here, you can see more of this idea and vignette.

lighted Christmas garland on light stand

Here’s another look at wrapping garland around our candle stand.

Santas and reindeer

4 – Sparkling Garland in the Dining Room

If you have a hutch or buffet in your dining room, it makes a lovely place to add Christmas garland.

When I saw this silver and white garland at a local design store several years ago, I knew it would be the perfect way to highlight the vaisselier in our dining room.

silver and white Christmas garland on the vaisselier in the dining room

Whatever type of garland you use in the dining room, use other decorations to emphasize your color scheme.

For our dining room, I use a dressier style. Some of our white, silver and neutral Santas reflect the colors of the garland.

We did add big gold and silver bows. I made the large bows using two different styles of ribbon, one in the center and two on the ends of the garland. Bows add so much color, pattern, and texture to the garland.

I love the snowflakes and beads hanging down.

We also use a small strand of garland around the bar cart in the living room. Lights and bows add more festivity.

If you have another side table in your dining room, don’t forget to add garland there.

5 – Christmas Garland in the Bar

Now I realize that not everyone has a bar in their home. Sweet Shark’s bar is always a gathering place when we entertain. It’s also where we eat dinner most of the time.

From our first Christmas in this home, Sweet Shark wanted the bar decorated for Christmas.

Garland seemed like the perfect decoration across the top of the wood bar back. Of course, it has colored lights (Sweet Shark’s favorite) and each year we add another Mark Robert’s Elf to the decorations. We now have 15 elves.

festive lighted bar

We also add garland across the top of the curio cabinet that holds some of our crystal glasses. Elves also decorate the garland.

Inside the curio cabinet, we display our Lenox Holiday glassware. We have white and red wine glasses, martini glasses, short and tall highballs, and stemless wine glasses. We are waiting for Lenox to come out with champagne flutes.

curio cabinet with crystal

6 – Dress Up the Mantel with Christmas Garland

At Christmas time, the mantel is always a focal point. With a roaring fire, a mantel decked with garland and decorations is sure to delight family and friends.

Our fireplace is very tall, so it gets two garlands, one on the mantel and one above. The top garland is made of three pieces.

On this mantel, I added a small piece of garland on the Christmas sign. The green garland adds that wonderful pop of green against the white background.

The decorations may change a bit from year to year, but the garland is a constant. We use 6 – 8 strands of BOL to give the mantel a magical fairy look.

Here is a slightly different look from a previous year.

white mantel with greenery on the mantel with stockings

Here is last year’s mantle with garland. I needed more garland for another area, so we only used half to drape just across the top of the mantel and not down the sides.

Last year, I made the Christmas tree garland to add color and whimsy to the mantel.

Santas on mantel with red and white garland

I’ve even added garland to my favorite Christmas box.

Want more ideas? Here’s how to dress up the mantel.

7 – Deck the Bookcase with Garland

Do you have a bookcase in your living room or den?

It’s a wonderful place to drape a garland. Of course, it is lit. Then you can add whatever other decorations that work with your theme.

bookcase decorated with christmas garland and decorations

Here’s another version of garland on the bookcase. As you can see, this time I used colored fairy lights.

festive bookcase lighted for Christmas

8 – Christmas Garland in the Kitchen

We have a large wood stovetop hood you see as soon as you walk into the living room. It had to have a big wreath on it.

Garland isn’t always green and doesn’t have to look like it came from a tree.

A string of beads on the stovetop hood ledge adds just the right touch of color and cuteness. The bead garland also ties the wreath to the ceramic tiles I made a few years ago.

9 – Christmas Garland in the Bedroom

We always bring Christmas into our master bedroom. We decorate with Christmas sheets, a Christmas pillow, a bright red throw, and a red cover for the headboard.

Placing a piece of garland across the top of the headboard is a fun way to add the Christmas spirit to your dreams.

master bedroom with garland on headboard

What you can’t see is the Christmas tree and other decorations in the bedroom. I invite you to see our complete Christmas master bedroom.

lighted garland on headboard

With the new headboard that we made last summer, I will be creating a new look for our Christmas bedroom. I can guarantee that it will include a garland.

I hope this tour of how we used garland in our home gave you 9 pretty ways to use Christmas garland in your home.

If you are still searching for Christmas decorations, check out this curated collection. I’ve bought many items on this list, including the cute snowflake pillows.

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Now that all the Christmas garland is fluffed, lighted and decorated, it’s now time to use images from previous years to deck the halls with garland, Christmas trees, elves, lights, and Santas.

Please PIN this idea for this Christmas and Christmases to come.

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  1. I actually enjoy older comparison posts. Blogging is such a great way of keeping track of what you have done in the past. It’s so much fun to search in older items, vintage or purchased, and combine them in a new way.I Love your examples, personally I buy garland instead of stems…because it is so versatile and a good value.
    Love your post, thanks, Sandi

  2. I just resubscribed; don’t know when I stopped getting your blog posts but now realize I have missed them. I loved seeing your home all decorated. My favorite was the dining room one with the white and silver–I usually go for the evergreen look.I especially liked how you used the same beloved components in different ways; so many people think they need to buy something new/different every year. We got our first dusting of snow here in Maine today; not ready for winter yet!

  3. Carol, your pictures are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us with all your lovely Christmas decor. You have done a wonderful job and have given us so many great ideas. I just love the way you have decorated with garlands. I especially love the gorgeous garland on your vaisselier!

    I love using garlands, too. They just add so much at Christmas.

  4. Carol, your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas! What great decor ideas you gave us! I, too, love to use garlands everywhere! They just look so pretty with the battery lights twinkling! Thanks, again, for a wonderful post!

  5. Carol, I LOVE all the ideas you’ve shared on ways to use garland!!! I miss our headboard for hanging garland on, but we gave it to our daughter when we bought a California King bed.I’ll have to take a look at your headboard post…

    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful,
    Barb 🙂

  6. Wow, You’ve included so many pretty ideas! I can’t decide what is my favorite, but I do adore your neutral-colored Santa collection!

    Thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  7. So many great ideas Carol! Loved the Elves on the bar garland too. I can see why your guy loves decorating it and I bet everyone loves coming to your home for the holidays. It’s so festive! Thank you for joining in. Everything was just so beautiful. I’m still dreaming of that dining room hutch garland! pinned

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