A Christmas garland question

osuladybugNovember 22, 2008

I haven't been logged in recently so I hope I am not asking a question that has already been asked. But can anyone give me ideas on how to hang garland on an oak staircase and oak balcony. We just put in a new loft and I have never done this before. I ordered what I hope is soft greenery from Ballards ( angel pine) and I really don't want to scratch up the oak!! Help!! I am decorator challenged!

Thank you in advance!

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This is mine from last year on oak. I used those plastic cable ties. My garland is 3- 40ft pre-lit strands.

I purchased them at Costco last year. I wouldn't call them soft but they didn't leave any scratches.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 6:01PM
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Use ribbon and just tie a bow every few feet

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 6:30PM
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I don't have a pic, sorry, but the way I secure mine is by twisting 2 branches of the garland together under the bannister every other stair or so.
It doesn't show and it's easy to put up and take down.
I've never had a problem with my garlands scratching anything and I use fairly inexpensive ones (I dress them up with ribbon and lights and they look beautiful).

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 6:55PM
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I used those really soft pipe cleaners that you can get at any craft store, I got mine at Michael's in a green color, just twist some together, what ever length that you need.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 8:43PM
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Hi.......I have those little clips that slide over the banister. Ordered them from some catalog last winter but I think Kirkland's has them also around Christmas time. Here is a pic if you wanna peek! Bonnie

Here is a link that might be useful: Bonnie's 2007 Christmas

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 11:03PM
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I switched several years ago from pipe cleaners to the plastic cable ties. IMHO the cable ties are easier to work with than the pipe cleaners. They really don't show, either. Especially if you "fluff" your garland! I have put garland on our oak Bannister for 17 years, and the garland has not harmed the wood (kids, on the other hand...)

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 9:14AM
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Phobie Privett

I just ordered some clear plastic hangers from Current Catalog. So far, they seem like they are going to work great. They were about $8.00 for 10. They also have rubber on the inside so as not to scratch the woodwork.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 11:37AM
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Oak is a really hard wood, so you shouldn't have to worry about damaging it with any garland.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 11:44AM
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