A Holiday How-To: Decking Your Halls with garland, ornaments, and more!

'Tis the season to get cozy by the fire with a mug of eggnog in hand, but first things first—you need to deck the halls! Whether you're looking to add a personal touch to your home this year or want to go all out with an over-the-top display, we've got you covered. Read on for a step-by-step guide to adding some holiday cheer to your home.

What You'll Need:
• Garland (real or fake—your call!)
• Christmas lights (again, real or fake—we won't judge)
• A string of mantel lights is optional but definitely adds a nice touch!
• Ornaments (shatterproof are always a good idea if you have kids or pets running around)
• A star or angel tree topper (optional)
• Coins (optional—but if you're feeling lucky, why not?)
Step One: Prep Your Space
Before you start hanging anything up, take a look around the room and decide where you want your garland to go. One popular option is wrapping it around the banister, but feel free to get creative! Once you've settled on a location, measure out how much garland you'll need and cut it to size. If you're using fake garland, no need to worry about this step.

Step Two: Time to Hang It Up!
Now that you have your garland cut to size, it's time to start hanging it up! If you're wrapping it around the banister, start at the bottom and work your way up. Once you've reaches the top, secure the end of the garland with a piece of tape. If you're using real garland, be sure not to tape too tightly—you don't want to damage the evergreen branches.

If you're not wrapping your garland around the banister, simply drape it over furniture or door frames—wherever looks best in your opinion! Again, secure each end with tape.

Once your garland is in place, it's time to add some lights. If you're going for a traditional look, white Christmas lights are always a safe bet. But if you want something a little different, feel free to experiment with colored lights. Just be sure not to go overboard—you don't want your home looking like a disco ball! String your lights along the length of the garland, making sure they're evenly spaced out.

Step Three: Adding Ornaments & More!
Once your lights are in place, it's time to start adding some decorations! One popular option is hanging ornaments from the garland using transparent fishing line. This gives the illusion that they're floating in midair, which always looks super magical. Another option is simply placing them along the length of the garland—it's really up to you!
If you want something extra special this year, consider adding a string of mantel lights along your fireplace mantle. This instantly makes any room cozier and more inviting. And last but not least, don't forget about that tree topping! Whether you choose an angel or star is totally up to you—just be sure whatever you choose is securely fastened so it doesn't come crashing down in the middle of the night.