$6 SIMPLE PAPER SNOWFLAKE Holiday Garland for the Staircase

No one is reinventing anything here…more like going old school and completely unplugged since I was not packin’ a glue gun. In fact, Hello Lovely’s simple paper snowflake holiday garland of 20 staircase snowflakes is my unfancy crafty move for a fancy-schmancy-Prom-photo-Gone-With-the-Wind staircase. SNOWFLAKES to guarantee a white Christmas is hard to beat, and our stairs posed a decorating challenge. BTW. The staircase is actually a solidly built, safe and airy passage to upstairs bedrooms. And oh la la feminine. (Shhhhh. With family, I may or may not also refer to the stair design as uterine.) Let’s peek at this easy DIY.

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes

$6 SIMPLE PAPER SNOWFLAKE Holiday Garland

Can you layer 7 lunch bags, cut 6 straight lines, and squeeze white glue in a T-shape? Boom Shakalaka.

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes
Simple $6 Paper Snowflake Holiday Garland DIY

What I imagined for the stairs (I ignored them last year) was something lyrical and poetic. A fanciful white paper garland with roses and leaves for a serpentine, billowy, ethereal look.

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes

I love the look of fresh greens but am over the maintenance and mess after coping with the shedding so many seasons since I’m the housekeeper.

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes
Simple $6 Paper Snowflake Holiday Garland DIY

These prommy stairs will make more sense when we finish the millwork on the center wall, but for now? Should we really fight them? Ballard Designs had a gorgeous paper floral garland last season I didn’t snag fast enough. I have watched tutorials for large watercolor paper flowers and loved that idea too.

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes

However, when I measured the amount of garland required, it became clear the crafting should have commenced in July. I’m just terrible at seasonal decor prep and so frugal. I’m an intuitive sort of decorator who must feel the season. Ya know?

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes

When there’s a large expanse, and you’re after low expense, I decided there was nothing to lose by auditioning paper snowflakes. And since I had not made one in years, maybe it would stir up sweet nostalgia.

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Lordy, that was a lot of words to tell you about a $6 paper snowflake garland for a staircase. Wanna make one? You’ll require white paper lunch bags, scissors, white glue, and paper clips.

Hello Lovely paper bag snowflake DIY Christmas garland 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes
This is the template used to cut every single one and illustrates where to cut 6 straight lines

I needed 20 snowflakes and kept things super chill (get it?) and uniform so I could cut just one template to use for them all. Making these to decorate stairs? If yours is not a uterus staircase, less snowflakes are needed! (Should it have fallopian tubes, you may be looking at $8…Hahahaha.)

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You should probably make my snowflake-like starry Christmas cookies too.

To attach snowflakes to the handrail, I used zero cost ribbons of white cotton from recycled white pajamas. Yes, I certainly did have bows on hand with no purpose at all in mind when they were handmade.

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But not these pajamas – these babies are still going strong.

Are you new here? Do you know about my pajama-nista friendly lifestyle in spite of an internet telling me they aren’t proper for success and productivity as a WFH professional?

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Rest is important to health and is my right, kittens, so I shall defiantly and triumphantly wear pajamas to shreds before they resurrect into Christmas ribbon.

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These snowflakes and ribbon ties can be used next year too if desired since they will store easily thanks to using paper clips and not glue. And of course now I think more snowflake crafting is necessary. I’ll be making little snowflake medallions using this tutorial for snowflake garland I can hang from the mirror on my piano (below), the fireplace mantel in this music room and maybe doorways.

Hello Lovely's holiday foyer with tree mural and modern French serene mood.

Do you love pinecone garlands? I threw this one on my antique console in the foyer for an unfussy look. There’s a very special blinged out pinecone in the floral arrangement that one of my besties made the other night. I’ll think of her amazing Christmas spirit when I see it.

Christmas decor on a French antique console in my foyer - Hello Lovely Studio. #modernfrench #frenchchristmas

This doorway into the music room would be perfect for greenery against the tree wallpaper. I wasn’t afraid to just go for it with mural wallpaper panels after we built the walls in the foyer because I had lived with it in our former home and knew it was neutral enough to not become a bore.

Hello Lovely's holiday foyer with tree mural and modern French serene mood.

I haven’t done anything dramatic to the porch, and even though I have lots of fairy light strings I could bring to it, I love lighting real candles and placing them in the windows and on the porch tables.

Hello Lovely's holiday foyer with tree mural and modern French serene mood.

There’s so much pressure as a blogger to create pin-worthy holiday vignettes, but I am only willing to comply when my heart is in the labor; when my energies align with the efforts required.

Front porch with bench and holiday wreath, 2023 - Hello Lovely Studio.

If you’re still with me, I just love you to pieces. I do. Sitting here in my PJs stringing together words and a paper snowflake DIY? Is it 2010? You’re a gift. Crazy town.

Hello Lovely's white paper bag snowflake holiday garland on fancy staircase for 2023. #snowflakegarland #papersnowflakes #paperbagsnowflakes

Thank you for showing up here with tenderness and love. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, it’s just six bucks away…

P.S. Also check out how my friend Annie at Most Lovely Things decorated her windows with brown paper bag snowflakes.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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9 Comments

  1. Marilyn S.
    December 15, 2023 / 5:37 am

    This is soooo cool ( get it – so COOL ) . Seriously the icing on the cake has got to be the portrait of the lady wearing a plastic bag on her head at the center of it all. I call it designer genius – its telling a story , one that can only be interpreted by each viewer . The entire scene is like a totally unique and totally unexpected work of art! Certainly not what you would expect when entering a Georgian …. Bravo Michele ,I just love this . At first I thought you had moved the portrait from over your mantle to the staircase but no , you have 2 of these fun yet complicated and so interesting pictures – but you gotta help me out what is the one over the mantle wearing ? It appears to me to be a bag with hair curlers on each side , am I right? Keep the creative juices flowing . I found this to not be a post just about paper bags but about the whole entry design .Loving it.

    Merry Christmas to you all!

    • Michele
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      December 15, 2023 / 8:07 am

      Sooooo cool. Hahahaha. You totally get it, and thank goodness you were patient with this post that absolutely is less about a DIY (who really needs solutions for their uterine designed staircase? hahahaha) and more about creativity in general. Portrait above fireplace: toilet paper rolls. Both of these appear to be Dutch master style paintings but are photography. The model is the photographer’s daughter. If you need them in your life, email me for more info. Even though there’s a lot going on, the wall at top of stairs is begging for a “finished” look so we’ll address it this winter…with scaffolding I guess. Good gracious, this project has been somethin’ else.

  2. Deb Wostmann
    December 15, 2023 / 8:22 am

    Love love them. Let it snow!!!!!

    • Michele
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      December 15, 2023 / 9:39 am

      Thank you – happy Christmas, and here’s to an easy way to assure it is a white Christmas! šŸ™‚

  3. Creatively Beth
    December 15, 2023 / 2:08 pm

    Simple but GORGEOUS!
    Iā€™d love for you to join us over at the Creatively Crafty Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
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    Creatively, Beth

    • Michele
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      December 15, 2023 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you, Beth. I’d love to check out the creative party. šŸ™‚

    • Michele
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      December 15, 2023 / 4:28 pm

      Just shared at #137 at your gathering – love those Grinch green party ideas you featured. šŸ™‚

  4. December 17, 2023 / 12:26 pm

    Michele,
    I hear you about her grazing board. Yummy! I love your snowflakes. They look lovely on your stair case.$6 is my kind of decorating. Sometimes just a simple decoration is the best. Have a blessed Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
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      December 17, 2023 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you. There’s something so nostalgic and sweet about a paper snowflake. Happy Christmas, Bev – always a blessing to have you here.

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