All I needed was:
- Burlap ribbon (I needed about 4 rolls - about 100 feet) $20
- Sharpie Pens (fine point in black, silver, and gold) $5
- The words to my favorite Christmas carol - 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" Googled for FREE!
After about 2 hours, my project was complete and I simply wrapped the existing pine garland on my staircase with my new, custom-made, budget-friendly-yet-magazine-worthy ribbon.
Compared to the magazine's rolls of generic "Happy Holiday" wishes at $15 per 3 yard roll, my 100 feet of lyrical burlap was a total steal at only $25.
I'll definitely be doing more custom hand-written ribbon projects in the future!