For me, Christmas has always been a season of the heartfelt and handmade.
From the fruitcakes and cookies my grandmother made, to the ornaments my mother hand stitched for our Christmas tree to the crafts we make together as a family, so many of our holiday decorations and traditions are handmade, not store-bought.
I was thrilled when I was chosen to participate in a weeklong celebration of handmade Christmas crafts and decorating ideas.
Today, I’m sharing my handmade Christmas Garland with Gilded Pinecones and Magnolia Boughs.
The garland covers the railing leading upstairs from our living room.
I already owned this faux champagne garland and have used it before in the foyer.
In the past, I’ve used a pre-lit faux garland adorned with big bows on the staircase, but this year I wanted to do something different.
And I did have a truckload full of magnolia boughs and boxwood.
Plus a Santa’s bag full of pinecones collected from the woods surrounding our house.
Add some fabulous check ribbon for inspiration, and a stairway Christmas garland is born.
I put this together over several days, first attaching the garland to the railing with zip ties, one of my favorite holiday decorating tricks.
Next, I added the ribbon, scrunching it into the garland until I liked the way it looked. I spray painted the pinecones a metallic gold, then wired them to fresh magnolia boughs.
Then it was just a matter of walking up and down the stairs, again and again, nestling magnolia boughs and pinecones into the shimmering white garland, twisting the faux branches to secure.
It’s times like these — legs burning from a hundred trips up the stairs to fluff and reposition — that I wish I had a design assistant.
Handmade Christmas decorations and gifts take thought and effort and sometimes a little extra time.
But there’s something special and soul-affirming in being able to say, “I made that.” Especially at Christmastime.
And there’s something special about watching a little boy’s eyes light up when he hangs his felt dinosaur ornament on the tree. It’s an ornament lovingly handmade by his Nana in the likeness of his favorite stuffed animal, more best friend than toy.
There’s something special about taking a journey through Christmases past with ornaments handmade by your mother, your grandmother and other beloved relatives.
There’s something special about watching your child count down the days until Christmas on the same cross-stitched advent calendar that welcomed the holiday when you were a child.
If you feel the same way about Christmas, then you are really going to enjoy all the other handmade decorations, gifts and touches other bloggers are sharing.
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For more handmade Christmas decorating ideas, don’t miss my Christmas home tour.