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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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