HOW much are you willing to risk your safety over a few festive ornaments?
Every year we Brits climb into the loft to retrieve our much-loved Christmas decorations.
From flammable tinsel to spiky glass baubles and questionable fairy lights from the 80s, many of our ornaments don’t meet modern health and safety requirements – but it doesn’t stop us throwing them on the tree.
One woman has divided the internet after sharing her attractive DIY staircase decorations – but trolls say she’s putting her whole family in danger.
Shayna Alnwick has amassed over 750,000 followers who love watching her furniture-flipping and DIY hacks.
This Christmas, the savvy crafter has taken her decorations a step further by covering her staircase bannisters in beautiful baubles, snow-topped pine cones and artificial foliage.
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Shayna – who calls herself The Flipped Piece on TikTok – shared a tutorial on how to create a pretty staircase display.
She cut pool noodles (floats) lengthways and placed them snugly over the bannisters, secured with zip ties.
Using a glue gun, she attached an assortment of different-sized baubles, pine cones, greenery and gold ribbon.
Many fans were impressed by Shayna’s creation and wanted to give it a go themselves. But others trolled the idea, alerting the crafty lady to numerous safety issues.
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One user noted: “It’s beautiful but railings are meant to be functional safety features. Be careful.”
A second replied: “All cute but what about the safety of not being able to use the rail?”
And a third said: “Until grandma falls down the stairs. But it does look good. I will adapt for somewhere else.”
But it wasn’t just safety causing chaos in the comments section. Other trolls piped up about how hard it would be to remove and recycle when Christmas is over.
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Shayna couldn’t believe the negative reactions and decided to post a follow-up video explaining the process.
“Everybody’s like ‘oh my God it’s going to be so hard to take down and it’ll end up in landfill’,” she moans. “You guys, all you do is cut the zip ties and pull it off in one piece.
“It curls around the railing again next year and you just zip tie it again – thank you.”
Shayna films the process to prove how easy her decor is to remove, but people wouldn’t listen.
“It’s only a safety hazard you guys,” exclaimed one user.
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Another said: “Are people out here putting that much work into Christmas decorations and throwing them out?! My grandma had decorations for YEARS that she made.”
A final user recalled: “Cousin Ed fell down the stairs cuz he couldn’t hold the railing but it looked super cool and festive. Seriously, that looks amazing though.”
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