How to Decorate a Stair Rail With Tulle

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorate your stair rail with tulle for a wedding, holiday celebration or birthday party. When done properly, the result will be festive but not gaudy and complement the room's decor and other decorations. Before beginning, envision how you want the stair rail to look when it's completely decorated so that you can adjust the tulle as necessary to get the results you want.

Measure the stair rail. If you're decorating both sides, or more than one section, measure each side and/or section. Add the measurements together, then multiply the measurement by three. That is the amount of tulle you'll need to purchase to ensure you have enough.

Decide if you will include any other decorations. Silk ivy and flowers can be combined with the tulle for weddings or other formal events. White Christmas lights work well for Christmas, red ones are festive for Valentine's Day and green are fun for St. Patrick's Day.

Entwine the tulle and other decoration, such as ivy or lights, by lying them on the ground and loosely twisting them together. If you aren't using ivy or lights, skip this step.

Start at either the top or bottom of the stair rail. Place one end of the tulle at the top of the railing and tie it in place using a piece of ribbon (if you have someone to help hold it in place) or use tape to secure it.

Wrap the tulle around the railing, lightly twisting it as you go. Use the balusters to space your wrappings evenly--if you wrap the tulle around the stair rail after every baluster or every other one, continue that pattern throughout the entire stair case.

Secure the tulle in place with tape or a ribbon once you reach the end and cut it to size so that the same amount hangs off both ends. Repeat this process for each section of stair railing you want to decorate.

Tie bows with cut pieces of tulle around the newels. Make them as large or small as you wish. This will add more decoration and cover up the tape or ribbon used to secure the tulle in place.

Tuck silk flowers in the bows for events like weddings. Large plastic Easter eggs add festive decoration during Easter, and plastic snowmen, stars or other ornaments work well for the holidays. For a cleaner look, simply leave the tulle as is.


Wrap two colours of tulle together, such as blue and white, pink and white, red and pink, red and green, or any other colour combination that fits in with your home's decor or the holiday colours.


Be careful when using strings of lights or other electrical or potentially flammable decorations. Never leave lights plugged in overnight, when you leave the house or unattended. Don't let strings hang down, as they can become hazards if you have young children in the house. Avoid decorations that can become choking hazards as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Tulle
  • Tape (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Other decorations (optional)
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Janece Bass is a freelance writer specializing in weddings, family, health, parenting, relationships, dating, decorating, travel, music and sports. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has numerous published pieces on various websites and blogs. Bass has also ghostwritten various fiction-based novels.