How to Decorate With Pillars

Written by jeremy cato
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How to Decorate With Pillars
Pillars are great decorative items for parties and other engagements. (pillar image by Ogis from

Decorative pillars add a touch of class and sophistication to any setting. They bring to mind images of the towering monuments and awesome architecture of ancient Greece. Decorating with real or even artificial pillars is not difficult and yields impressive results. There are a variety of approaches you can take when decorating with pillars.

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Things you need

  • 6 tall, artificial pillars (6 to 8 feet tall)
  • 6 short, artificial pillars (3 to 4 feet tall)
  • Fake ivy vines
  • Various Greek decorations (see Tip)
  • Glue gun or double-stick tape
  • Fake or fresh flowers
  • 3 small vases
  • Spool of twine
  • 3 large, decorative candles
  • Scissors
  • Spool of ribbon
  • 6 large packages of balloons
  • Helium tank
  • Long hallway rug or roll of red carpet (12 feet or more)
  • Large roll of decorative silk or other fabric (20 or more feet)

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    Start with six large pillars. Take several long, fake ivy vines and glue or tape one end of each vine to the top of one of the tall pillars.

  2. 2

    Wrap the pillar all around with the fake ivy and glue or tape the other end of the vine to the bottom of the pillar.

  3. 3

    Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the five remaining tall pillars and fake ivy vines.

  4. 4

    Place the Greek decorations on top of the six, short pillars, in your desired arrangement.

  5. 5

    Arrange the vine-covered pillars and Greek decorated pillars, as you see fit in the room you are decorating.

  1. 1

    Start with six short pillars. Place the flowers into three vases. Place one vase each on top of the three short pillars.

  2. 2

    Place one candle each on the other three short pillars. Cut some ribbon, and tie a bow around each candle.

  3. 3

    Arrange the pillars with the flowered vases and the pillars with the candles as you see fit, in the room you are decorating.

  1. 1

    Start with six small pillars. Inflate six packages of balloons, using helium. You will need possibly over 100 balloons for this project.

  2. 2

    Glue or tape the balloons to one of the pillars, carefully, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. You may choose to completely cover the pillar with balloons or simply glue the balloons in a spiral around the pillar.

  3. 3

    Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the remaining pillars.

  4. 4

    Arrange the balloon-covered pillars as you see fit, in the room you are decorating.

  1. 1

    Unroll the long hallway rug or red carpet in the area you will be decorating.

  2. 2

    Arrange the pillars along each side of the rug or carpet. You may use only the short pillars, only the long pillars or use both. Place an equal number of pillars on both sides.

  3. 3

    Tie one end of the decorative fabric to the top of the first pillar---on one side---then drape the fabric over to the next pillar, and tie it to the top. Connect the remaining pillars in this same manner, creating a canopy of fabric above the walkway.

Tips and warnings

  • The various Greek decorations can include fake marble busts, fake gladiator armour (shields and weapons) and decorative urns. These items can be purchased fairly cheaply at hobby or party stores.
  • These methods can be combined, as desired. For instance, you can use Greek-decorated pillars to line a carpeted walkway.
  • You may combine the helium-filled balloons with lit candles, as helium is not flammable or explosive. However, be sure you keep the flame away from the balloons, as they may pop.

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