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Today I want to chat about a garland hack for Christmas, but first?

I have the best make-up tip.

I know make-up and garland don’t really go together, but I couldn’t help it. I’m just bursting with tips today.


It’s all a little random.

Just like me.

Someone recommended it to me and it’s kind of a game changer and I wanted to share.

You know when you put on your mascara? I’ve started putting it only on the top lashes. I start with this lash primer and this mascara (you can get the entire set for under $10). The primer makes the lashes extra thick and the mascara goes on and if you put a little liner at the top it kind of looks like you have false eyelashes. Then you don’t put any make-up on the bottom lashes. It opens up your eyes and makes you look so trendy and current. 🙂

Have you tried it?

You can see the set here.

And now?

I have an even better tip than the no-mascara-on-the-bottom-lashes-making-you-look-like-a-rockstar tip.

Because today?

I’m sharing this.

// rug in foyer //

The BEST Christmas Garland Hack

Let’s start with the current view of the entry.

This is the entrance by the back door. There’s a staircase that wraps all the way around the center of the house with the prettiest paneled wall on the staircase and a 100-year-old newel post and wooden stair treads and banisters.

And this year?

I did something with this staircase that I’ve never done before.

// lambs ear garland //

I decorated it for fall with a garland.


I added a fall garland to the staircase. I found this incredible lamb’s ear garland that was so affordable and I layered two of them together to make it extra thick and tucked in pumpkins and wood beads.

The reason why I’ve never added garland to the staircase before? It’s kind of challenging to decorate for fall and put up a garland and then take it down after six weeks and put up another garland for Christmas. So I typically only add a garland on the stairs for Christmas.


// lambs ear garland //

Until I saw this garland.

I knew that I knew that I knew that I knew it would be perfect to take me from fall to Christmas with just a few tiny tweaks.

So last week, I took the pumpkin picks down and packed them away.

// wood bead garland // white fur ribbon //lambs ear garland //

I left the strands of wood beads in. The beads are just tucked into the garland and wound around through the leaves.

Then I added pinecones (you can wire them in with floral wire if you don’t have pinecone picks) and a few extra pine branches I had laying around.

And tied bows with white fur ribbon.


// wooden jingle bells // white fur ribbon // distressed white hanging bells // lambs ear garland //

Then on the newel post I added these wooden jingle bells with white fur ribbon.

They are seriously next level along with these white hanging bells. Both bells are all sold out at our stores, but they may be available where you are so I’ll link them here.

You can see the wooden jingle bells here.

You can see the distressed white hanging bells here.

// gold leaf wreath //

Here’s that gold leaf wreath with bendable leaves that I shared a while back.

It was all sold out, but in amazing news, it was just restocked it here.

I hung it on the mirror with a command hook and added a burlap and velvet bow and more eucalyptus on the top.

// pearl tree // jeweled tree (comes in two sizes) // // wooden jingle bells // white fur ribbon // distressed white hanging bells // lambs ear garland //

// pearl tree // jeweled tree (comes in two sizes) //

This piece in the hallway at the base of the stairs was my husband’s grandmother’s.

I added this trio of trees to the top along with this ornament my sister made me tied to this wooden Christmas tree made from vintage staircase ballisters.

I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s such a fun idea for a DIY present—to write a poem about an event and tie it to the top of the ornament with velvet ribbon.

// pearl tree // jeweled tree (comes in two sizes) // wooden jingle bells // white fur ribbon // distressed white hanging bells // lambs ear garland //

I added a few reindeer on the table by the window.

And that’s it.

Here we are back to where we started.

With that garland.

The BEST garland hack EVER. A garland that can take you from December to January without blinking an eye?

I feel like Santa gave me my Christmas present early.

Merry garland Christmas to me.

PS I have one more tip for you.

Here’s the garland at night with twinkle lights. The challenge? I didn’t have a plug anywhere near the garland. So instead?

I found these amazing battery-operated lights that have six settings and a timer. I ordered them in warm white.

You can see them here.

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Photo credit: Kenna Lynn Photo

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  1. Image for Suzan Suzan

    Genius! I love the garland and the versatility it offers for different decor and seasons. Great ideas to beef up our garland for next year! Thank you for sharing your creative ideas!

  2. Image for Lorri Lorri

    Seriously... the best garland ever!!! You always make your home look the cutest ever!!!! Now you have more time to do all the millions other things that need to be done.😉

  3. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Oh, friend! That’s where my heart is to decorate with a fall and Christmas mix…and that note with the ornament about the Ice Storm…wow! Have a happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love it! I ordered the lamb’s ear garlands and used them for autumn. Going to use them for Christmas too! Thank you! ❤️

  5. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Now I wish I had a staircase!!! LOL... The entire entry is beautiful and the night time picture is gorgeous. You do have the gift 🥰👍

  6. Image for CoCo CoCo

    This is such a genius idea, KariAnne! There have been many times that I thought our garland was way too gone to save but this post definitely makes me want to give them a second chance. Love the display in the entry and I can't even talk about the bells, they're gorgeous. Can't wait to share this tomorrow! Big hugs, CoCo

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    The lambs ear is such a pretty look for a garland. Your nighttime picture is stunning. And yes, I've heard of (and done) the mascara trick. Dominique Sachse has a Youtube channel and often does makeup tutorials--many of them are way more glamorous than what I would ever try, but sometimes I find useful nuggets of information like the one you mentioned.

  8. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    Love the post. I tried to order the wooden jingle bells and they are out of stock. I was bummed. I have a jingle bell tree and a 100 + year old home like you. I'll keep an eye out.

  9. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I just got out of the hosptial after a 6 day stay. so this year I will have to cut back. I will put this ideas on the back burner for next year!!!

  10. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    A garland you can use for fall and winter! Sign me up! I love how you changed it up with the pumpkins and the pine cones. The lights make everything looks so magical. Oh and thanks for the make up tip too. Happy Holidays!

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