How To Hang A Wreath On Staircase

How To Hang Wreaths On Your Staircase

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It’s that time of year again! The time when we break out the twinkly lights, cozy blankets, and festive decor. But if you’re anything like me, putting up holiday decorations can be a bit of a hassle.

‘Tis the season for decking the halls… but what if your halls are more vertical than horizontal? Especially when it comes to figuring out how to hang wreaths on your staircase. Do you go for symmetry or asymmetry? How do you make sure they’re evenly spaced? And what is the best way to secure them so they don’t slide down and take out half of your railings with them?

It can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to hanging wreaths. In this blog post, we will provide an ultimate guide on how to hang wreaths on your staircase!

Wreath Size

Choose the right size wreath for your space. If you have a small staircase, you’ll want to use smaller wreaths. And of course, if you have a large staircase, you’ll want to use larger wreaths.

It’s also important to consider the width of your staircase when choosing wreath size. You don’t want the wreaths to be so big that they obscure the sides of the stairs, but you also don’t want them to look lost in the space.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Before you start attaching anything to your staircase, it’s important to take some measurements. You’ll want to decide how many wreaths you want to hang and then determine the spacing between each wreath.

Decide On A Look

The first step is to decide what kind of look you’re going for. What colors are imagining? Do you want all of your wreaths to be identical? Or would you prefer a more eclectic mix? Are you going to add any other touches, like a garland or lights?

Once you’ve decided on a look, you can start shopping for wreaths or make a homemade wreath.

Choose The Type Of Hanging Materials

How would you like to hang your wreaths?

You have some household choices if you’re like to secure your wreath with string:

  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Burlap
  • Fishing line
  • Floral wire

There are other tools also available:

  • Suction cup
  • Command hook
  • Double-sided tape

Get The Right Supplies

You’re going to need some supplies. In addition to your holiday wreaths, decorations, and ornaments, you’ll need the materials for hanging the wreath, scissors, and a step ladder.

Prepare Your Wreaths

Start with a clean slate. Make sure your wreaths are dusted and fluffed before you start hanging them. This will help them look their best and last longer.

Hanging Your Wreaths

Once you’ve selected the perfect wreaths, it’s time to start hanging them! If you’re hanging multiple wreaths, we recommend starting at the bottom of the staircase and working your way up. This will help ensure that each wreath is evenly spaced and looks symmetrical.

Hanging Your Wreath On Your Staircase Manually

The trick to hanging your wreath successfully on your railing is to do it in 2 steps. It’s really hard to try and get the wreath to stay in place while you’re also trying to artfully secure it.

  • The first step is to secure the wreath to keep it in place, ensuring that the material you hang it with will not damage the railing.
  • The second step is to add your additional touches, such as a bow, ornaments, or other touches, such as holly.

Hanging Your Wreath With Ribbon


You’ll need some wreaths and two lengths of ribbon in matching colors. The tutorial suggests 42 and 52-inches but choose your own lengths to suit your staircase.

  • Tie a 42-inch piece of ribbon in a knot on the railing.
  • Make a second knot, leaving a 5-inch tail.
  • Slip the wreath through the long end of the ribbon.
  • Tie a double knot.
  • Tuck the ends away.
  • Wrap your 52-inch ribbon around the knotted section of your first ribbon, and tie a knot.
  • Tie a soft decorative bow.

Hanging Your Wreath With Burlap

You’ll need some matching wreaths, burlap strips, and some decorative burlap.

  • Tie the burlap strip through the wreath to secure it to the railing.
  • Add the decorative burlap. You can tie it in a bow if you wish and maybe leave a tail over the wreath.

Add A Personal Touch

Once your wreaths are hung, take a step back and see if anything is missing. Maybe add a sprig of holly here or a red ribbon there. Just a little something extra can make all the difference!

 Extra Tips For Hanging Wreaths On Your Banister

  • Do you have small children or pets running around? Make sure the ribbon or string is short enough that there’s no risk of anyone getting tangled in it or pulling the wreath down.
  • You could consider hanging your wreaths from the bottom of the railings. Would they look good hanging down the wall beneath?
  • If your wreath doesn’t have a hanger, you can make your own loop with ribbon, fishing line, or floral wire.
  • When hanging your wreath with ribbon or ties, don’t attach them too tightly to your wreath. You want it to stay fluffy.
  • If you’re hanging a large wreath use zip ties at the back to hold each side to a stair rail.
  • If your hanging materials are showing and you can’t work out how to hide them, use a ribbon tied in a bow to cover them.


The process of hanging wreaths on your staircase doesn’t have to be stressful! You can even get the kids to help you and create some memories!

Your guests will be impressed by your holiday decorating skills, and you’ll be able to enjoy the result yourself all season long!

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