How to Hang Christmas Lights Inside
- Plan for several strands of lights to use in decorating your house.
- Use cup hooks to hang your lights on walls and around the windows. We recommend that you use cup hooks instead of the standard Christmas light hooks due to their cheaper cost. Even though they might not be as pretty as the real hooks for hanging lights, they are still stylish as you can use them for hanging your light. But if you’re okay with the cost of the standard light hooks, you’re better using them.
- Before stringing the Christmas lights, test each strand to be sure they are in perfect working condition.
- Plug your strand into the power output and string it towards the first hook. You can use packaging tape temporarily to keep the light string in position before it reaches the first hook.
- String a few Christmas lights over some hooks and then unplug the strand from the power socket and continue hanging the rest of the light strands.
- Connect other lines of strands as you continue hanging the light strands.
- Use a rubber band to reduce the unsightly lengths of empty Christmas light wire.
- Continue stringing and use some pieces of packaging tape to stick some of the light strings in areas where the bulbs do not fit well or in places where the lights appear to hang unnaturally.
- If there are some unneeded Christmas lights, tie them with a rubber band or gently roll them into a twist and leave the rest of the part hanging.
Hang Christmas Lights Outside
- Find out the best lighting display that suits your house
Before you can decide on the lighting display, you find out the types of displays being put up by your neighbors. This is always an important step, especially when you’re new in that neighborhood.
Apart from that, there are some considerations to bear in mind based on the architectural design of your home as well as the prevailing display styles so that you do not spoil the pattern or look garish.
- If your home is a multistorey, you should avoid more fluff. Instead, string the light along with every architectural feature such as the roofline, columns, and porch line. Hanging lights along this feature can make your home elegant and outstanding during the holiday.
- For a single-story or a ranch-style home, you can hang lights along the home’s entrance walkway, the fence, and along the roofline.
- Hang strings after strings of lights along with every architectural feature of your house if you have a Victorian-design house.
- Find out on the best lighting style suitable for your home on Google or magazine.
- Take a walk around the neighborhood and find out what they’re doing.
With the consolidated idea, from online searches, magazines, and a walk around the neighborhood and furnishing stores, you should have the best style and texture. In addition to that, you can go crazy by connecting your lights to a music system so that they can flush rhythmically to the music.
Assemble the lighting materials and tools as well as preparing the lighting areas
Carefully examine the lighting cords and dispose of any light string with any frayed areas. Do not attempt to repair any non-functioning cable as that may be enough reason for a fire breakout. And it’s not worth the risk.
Locate the power outlets near the roof. Most probably on the porch since most houses do not have power outlets around the roof.
Go for a robust exterior extension cord that can handle the amperage of the exterior lights as well as drastic weather changes.
If you have an exterior power outlet somewhere in the house, plug in your extension cord and stretch it to the roofline while maintaining a close gap with the building. When installing the extension, ensure the outlet is protected from sprinklers, snow, and rain.
- Choose the right tools and equipment for the task
This might be the riskier part of the task if you’re to do it alone as it requires lifting, careful placement, and alignment. It’s always recommended that you have a helper for quick and flawless work.
If you didn’t get someone to help you, you could still do it alone. However, you should use a basket to hold your materials and minimize the number of times that you ascend and descend the ladder.
Also, fix an “S” shaped hook on the ladder to hold your bucket. If you’re not able to reach a point, move the ladder closer to the end instead of trying to lean. Lastly, work on a step to completion before moving to the next.
- Install fasteners
Before you can hang your lights, you need to install hooks or perhaps holders over which you will hang your power cord and light strings. Space the fasteners evenly and carefully before hanging your lights.
Even though screws, nails, among other metallic pins, seem the easiest way to go, they are prone to rust, conduct electricity, and poke holes on your beautiful walls. Therefore, it would be much better if you can go for moisture-resistant fasteners having peel-and-stick backing that can stand up to 10lb.
- Hang the Christmas lighting
Start hanging the lights from the power source following the fasteners to the end of your project. Avoid plugging all strings together as that may pose a fire risk due to system overload. Instead, connect one line after the other end-to-end.
Also, ensure your fasteners are firmly put to avoid getting knocked down by small animals, birds, or getting blown out by wind at the time when you least expect.
- Decorate other elements of your home
When through with roofline decoration, you can work on other parts of the home, such as columns, porch railings, and windows. When through with the exterior of your house, proceed to chosen trees and finally end your project by decorating fences.
When it comes to decorating the trees, there are many solutions to making them shine with elegance. You can choose to use either net lightings placed over the trees, or opt for the traditional way similar to the one used for decorating the indoor tree.
- Troubleshoot for problems
After finishing your project, put on the lights and stand at a distance and find out if everything is okay and the lights are functioning as expected. Alternatively, you can get a friend or a family member to have a look at your work and give suggestions if any. If everything is okay, you can sit back and enjoy the holiday.
Hang Christmas Lights Outside without Nails
Method 1: Hang lights with clips and hooks
- Use gutter hooks to hang light along the gutters of your house.
Using gutter hooks is one of the easiest and fastest ways of hanging lights outside. All you should do is head to your nearest home improvement store and purchase S-shaped hooks and follow the steps below.
- Press the top part of the “S” firmly into the gutter while leaving the other part of the hook on the front of the gutter.
- Use the remaining part of the “S” to string your wires into each hook carefully without sliding the latch off.
Hooks are generally inexpensive and easy to fix due to their bendable plastic construction. However, they can occasionally slide since they’re not fastened to stay put.
- Use shingle tabs
They are L-shaped tabs designed with two sprogs on the side and a hole on the top. To use the tabs, follow the steps below.
- Slide each prong under a shingle leaving the side with a hole
- Fix a bulb into the hole to hold it in place. The hole is large enough to allow some of the standard Christmas bulbs, such as c7 and miniature.
- Use adhesive hooks or clips
The adhesive clips and hooks are always preferable if your house has sidings or smooth surfaces. Follow the steps below to position the hooks.
Peel off the back of the clips
Stick the gummy part on the surface.
Attach one of the bulb’s base into the clip to keep it in position.
Note: that the adhesive does not work well on textured surfaces such as brick, concrete, or stucco. And if you use them on such surfaces, they might cause lights to fall.
- Ensure even spacing between hooks
Spare 15-20 cm between each clip and have at least one clip between 2 bulbs to avoid having more clips than necessary, thereby giving your lights a neat look. In addition to that, having your bulbs spaced further creates a more inviting look due to the more spread light.
- Start stringing lights from the power outlet
Position the male end of your strand near a power outlet and start working from the outlet. You can as well use an outdoor extension cord. Ensure you have plugged in your strand into an extension cord before you start stringing. When through with the process, plug in the extension cord and marvel at your work.
Method 2: Use Hot Glue
- Select the right size of a glue gun and appropriate glue for outdoor
First things first! Before you can start sticking your light strings, go for a large glue gun suitable for hanging outdoor lights. After that, load the glue gun and plug it into a power source. Ensure you use it with an extension cord to have an easy time moving around with your glue. With your powered glue gun, wait for about 10 minutes for the adhesive to melt. However, the following precautions should be taken into consideration.
Be careful when handling heated gun and glue as the glue can leak out from the front of the gun and cause a severe burn when it comes in contact with the skin.
Avoid using hot glue on stucco applied over Styrofoam. If you aren’t sure of your concrete, tap on it gently. If you get a hollow sound, that’s enough evidence that there is a Styrofoam beneath the stucco.
Use strands without bulbs to make your work easier. That said, you can find a spool without a bulb in the nearest home improvement store at a relatively lower price. But if you decide to use strands with bulbs, the glue might get to some of the bulbs, thereby making them dull.
Glue the socket to the wall.
Get empty sockets, find the clip used to release the bulb, and twist the socket in the opposite direction. Put the glue directly on the socket side and attach it to the wall. Apply glue to every socket, one-by-one while attaching them to the wall before the glue starts to dry. Stick the socket onto the surface and hold it for about ten seconds, pointing your preferred orientation.
Note: If you notice that your light starts to slide as soon as you stop holding it, the glue isn’t dry, and you should hold it for a little while before leaving it.
- Screw-in your bulbs
When you’re done with sticking the bulb sockets, start screwing in your bulbs. If you have multi-color bulbs, you should mix them in style to avoid having too much light of the same color on the same spot.
Method 3: Use Draping Lights
The easiest way of covering your bushes with lights is by use of net lights. They are very convenient and easy to use. However, it wouldn’t be difficult to tell that someone used it. Below are some of the tips that you can use to give an artistic appearance of your outdoor.
Cover the small bushes with light nettings.
Plug your net lights into an extension cord or power outlet to get them powered.
After that, place the net lights over the bush top.
Pull the nettings downwards while tucking some of the lights into the foliage to give a natural look.
Wrap light nettings around the stem of trees.
Use extension cords to connect lights to your preferred trees.
Tightly wrap lights around the trunks up to the first branch leaving a 15cm gap between the light nettings.
After that, wrap down the trunk with lights passing through the gaps you left between the strands.
Create more random effects on the shrubs.
Since plain light nettings are easily noticeable, it would be better if you can create more effects to make them more natural. This technique adds more texture and elegance by presenting an effect of light spread over the shrub randomly. To do that, follow the steps below.
- Plugin strands of mini-lights starting from the closest side of your bush
- Wind the lights through the foliage from the lower side to the top
- Ensure you wind the lights on the front side and some of the top parts.
Note: Ensure you work with plugged in strands, and if you notice the lights going dim as you hang them, it would be better going for a replacement and discard the entire strand. Even though it can be tempting to repair the damaged strands, do not fall, victim, as they will pose a fire risk.
- Decorate the driveways and walkways
After decorating trees and shrubs, try lining your walkways with small LED lights placed on the ground. You can fasten them with hot glue to keep them in position. Use extension cords for convenience.
Note: Be very careful when walking on the walkways with lights or driving through light-decorated driveways as stepping on one light may lead to malfunction of the entire light strand.
Hang Christmas Lights on Brick
Method 1: Using a loaded glue gun
- Choose the right size of a glue gun as well as the size of the bulbs.
Before starting the process of changing the bulb, choose a big glue gun suitable for sticking lights on brick. In addition to that, go for the large sized bulbs to make your work easier when hanging them.
Bulbs with bigger bases are more stable as they can handle more glue. Even though the icicles might seem a great option, they aren’t easy to stick using this method. To make your work pretty easier, go for the strands that you can easily attach and detach.
- Heat a loaded glue gun for about 3 minutes.
Load the glue gun with a clear glue stick and plug it into an extension cable and heat for about 3 minutes. The extension cord is also handy when you have to climb up the ladder to stick some of the light strands. After about 3 minutes, try to squeeze the trigger gently and see if the glue is ready for use.
Note: The glue gun can get hot with time. Therefore, you should wear protective gloves so that you don’t suffer burns while holding it. In addition to that, keep the gun away from your body and any flammable surface.
- Apply hot glue to the base of the bulbs.
With your is glue ready, hold the gun steadily and press on the trigger gently with the nozzle close to the plastic casing of the socket. Put a bead of glue on the plastic housing and move the nozzle around to spread a uniform layer of the adhesive.
Ensure you’ve spread the glue on the casing only. If you’d wish to stick the light out from the wall, squeeze a drop of glue at the base of the sockets.
- Attach the first socket onto the brick.
Having applied and spread the glue at the base of the socket, attach the socket to the brick. And press it gently but steadily for about 15-20 seconds for the adhesive to cool, settle and hold the bulb firmly. If you leave the socket after 20 seconds and notice that it’s wobbling, you should pull it off and add more glue to the spot before sticking it again. Also, you can squirt a few drops of glue from the top and let it flow to the loose socket. After that, you can check if your socket is firm before attaching other sockets.
- Attach other sockets
Add glue to each bulb and attach them one after the other while maintaining the string tout but with little slack. Repeat the process until all the sockets are firmly fixed. Ensure the line isn’t too loose as it may appear too droopy while in the wall. When the light sockets are fully set, you can fix them on the bulbs and enjoy the holiday.
After the festive holiday is gone, you may want to get all the decorations off your wall. If that’s the case, then you shouldn’t worry. All you should do is to wiggle the sockets until they pop out.
If you find some sockets that don’t pop out easily, use a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol to dab glue. After dabbing the glue with rubbing alcohol, you can easily pull off the sockets.
More interestingly, you can use the rubbing alcohol to correct mistakes such as misalignments and disorientations during the light strand fixing process.
Method 2: Using detachable brick clips
- Check out if the bricks have enough space for adhering clips
Ideally, bricks should stick out 0.32cm or 1/8 inches from the mortar. However, you can confirm that using your tape measure before you can decide on the next course of action. Even if the bricks are not sticking out as expected, you can still find a place to adhere to your clips.
- Measure the height of each brick and choose an appropriate size of the clip
Most clips are designed for standard bricks having a measurement of up to 2.5 inches. However, you can also find a queen clip that measures 2 2/3 inches (7.0 cm) and can fit a maximum brick size. If you do not find a space to attach a clip, you can use hot glue or a heavy-duty adhesive tape to stick your clip to the wall. Alternatively, you can tuck the clips between your house eave and the wall.
- Determine the length of the space to cover with lights
Choose the right place to attach your light strand. Such spots can be along the upper part of the wall or around an opening on the wall. After that, use a ladder to climb up and measure the distance to cover with lights using a tape measure. This will give you a precise idea of the length of the Christmas light strand needed as well as the number of clips required to hang the light strands. You should place your clips 6 to 8 inches apart. But you should buy some extra clips to avoid running out of clips. At times, you can use fewer pegs if you don’t mind having your light strands dropping slightly.
- Start fixing the clips onto the bricks
Fix the clip by pressing the end with a spring to the bottom side of the brick. By doing that, the spring anchors on the brick firm enough to hold strands of Christmas lights. The clips are designed to fit a wide range of brick sizes provided it’s long enough to latch onto the brick. Once the spring attaches to the brick, press on it until it hooks completely and becomes flat on the wall. After that, touch it to confirm its sturdiness.
Note: you do not need to add some fasteners to the clip. It’s designed to hook firmly to the brick without having to add something else.
- String the Christmas light strands through the prongs on the clips
When through with setting the clips, slide the light strands through the prongs of one clip after the other until you’re through with the project. Ensure your strands are firmly wedged to prevent them from loosening out. After stringing all the strands, watch the lights at a distance, and enjoy the beauty of the lights.
- Remove the clips from the brick
When the Christmas season ends, you’d probably want to remove the lights from the brick. To do that, start by pulling out all the light strands carefully. After that, down-press the bottom of the clips, one-by-one, to force the top part of the clip outwards. Then pull off the clip from the brick. If you find it a little bit difficult to remove the clips, you should apply a bit more pressure.
Note: Brick clips are all-weather proof. As such, you can leave them on the bricks throughout the year. But it would be a pretty good idea to be keeping them well after the festive season to make them serve you for several years without corroding.
Method 3: Use permanent anchor plugs
- Decide on the place you’d like decorated with Christmas lights
Choose the spots on the wall that you’d want to be decorated with lights. For example, around the doors and windows. Using a tape and a ladder, plot the layout of the lights and use chalk to mark the spots for drilling holes on average of 1Ft apart.
Note: Knowing precisely the distance to cover with lights is crucial as it helps in choosing the correct length of strands that are enough for the project.
- Wear protective gear
Since drilling into dry mortar leads to a lot of dust particles produced, you should put on long-sleeved clothes. Also, put on goggles to protect your eyes, dust masks to protect you from some flying debris, and protective gloves.
- Drill holes on the mortar and install the plugs
Get the smallest plugs since Christmas lights aren’t substantially massive. The plugs are sometimes yellow-colored or marked gauge 4. Then, drill the holes using 13/64 bits and install the plugs. After that, screw up the hanging hooks to stick them to the wall. Ensure the screwed ends remain flush with the wall surface.
Note: You can find the plugs in the physical hardware stores or online stores. At times, they’re categorized under masonry anchors.
- Hang Christmas lights
After installing your plugs and hooks, the final step is to get your lights hanging on the wall according to your preferred pattern and style. Start by stringing the light strands through the hook. Use mounting tape to keep your light strands in place. Alternatively, you can tie the strands using plastic zip ties.
Note: The mounting tape and zip ties should not be wrapped around any bulb. Instead, wrap them around the strands cord.
Hang Lights On Windows
- Measure the spot that you want to decorate with lights
Use a measuring tape to know the length of the light strand that you need. This will help you not to fall short with a few inches. Ensure there is a nearby power outlet. If there isn’t one, use an outdoor extension cord to power your lights.
- Select the right type of lights
Use c-6 light or mini-lights for a better effect in outlining windows. Choose lights with wires that match your windows, as working on blending makes it less conspicuous. Alternatively, you can use LED lights to give a stylish appeal around your windows.
There are many types of LED lights, such as transparent LED, wide-angled, globe, ceramic, RGBs, and net lights. The lights are relatively cheap but very delicate. If you want elegant lighting without having wires being distractive, you can opt for battery-powered LED lights. Another advantage of using a battery-powered LED is that they don’t pose any fire risk.
- Test your lights before hanging
Instead of waiting for a disappointment after setting up everything, it would be better to test each light strand before you go stringing them. If you find a strand with a dim bulb, try replacing the bulb and find out if it works before you can buy a replacement. However, do not try replacing frayed bulbs.
- Stick clips around the windows
Peel off the backing on one side of the adhesive strip and press it on your window frame. After that, peel off the paper from the other side and stick your clip on it at an interval of 2-3 inches. Ensure your clips are evenly spread. Wait for about an hour for the clips to fit firmly.
Working with the clip before that time may make it drop down, thereby causing damage to the window frame. After that, slide your Christmas lights carefully into the clips to avoid damage to the lights and clips.
- Incorporate additional effects
In addition to decorative Christmas lights, you can add some other ornamental stuff. Such pieces of material include garlands and battery-powered candles around the window. When done with the mentioned steps, then you should be good to go. You can stand at a distance and marvel at your work. Without a doubt, this is one of the best ways of how to hang Christmas lights around windows without staples.
- Hang Christmas Lights on Roof
- Get the right type of a ladder
For easy climbing to your roof, use a ladder that is at least 3 Ft. taller than the edge of your roof. Therefore, having an extension ladder can be a real-time advantage. Set up the ladder on stable ground and have someone to help you do the task safely.
- Position the ladder correctly
Using an unstable ladder is a risk that doesn’t worth it. Therefore, ensure your ladder rests on stable ground. Below are some of the tips that can help you improve your safety.
Position your ladder leaning on the house, and a certain angle with the base kept 1ft, away from home for every 4 Ft. in height.
Ensure that your ladder base rests on stable ground in such a way that it doesn’t move back and forth when using it. If it’s not permanent, dig some of the earth on the raised side to keep it leveled.
Never use supports at the base of the ladder as they may slip out and leave your ladder unstable and can even cause a fall accident. Also, avoid placing your ladder on slippery places such as muddy, icy, or snow-covered ground.
- Carry with you the essential supplies
Use a bag or a tool belt that you can carry on shoulder holding the clips and lights to ensure that you’re hands-free for more safety.
- Climb up the ladder
Maintain three points contact while climbing the ladder. Also, hold onto the rungs instead of sides. In addition to that, have a helper so that you avoid any incidence of falls due to ladder slip.
- Navigate to the roof from the ladder
When you reach the edge of your roof, hold the top rails with both hands and carefully swing one foot to the roof and finally get to the roof. When using the extension ladder, never climb beyond the fourth rung, and also avoid standing on the paint shelf.
- Attach the clips
When on the roof, the next step is attaching the clips that you will later use to hang your lights. To do that, slide your clip over the shingle, and the tabs will grasp the shingle. You can purchase plastic clips from hardware stores near you. However, avoid using nails or prying up your shingle as this may damage the roof of your house.
- Attach the bulbs
Attach the first bulb into the ridge clip by gently pushing the base of your bulb’s socket and ensure it is firmly held to withstand harsh weather. If the bulb is loosely attached, you can slide the clip directly onto the bulb.
Continue moving higher as you connect the lights while making the light strands straight. Repeat the procedure of attaching the clips and bulbs until you’re through with the project.
Note: You may use multiple strands of light, depending on the length you intend to cover with lights.
- Move down the ridge
When you finish fixing the light strands on one side to the peak, repeat the procedure as you move down the ridge on the other side of the roof.
- Run an extension cord down to the side of your house
As you finish attaching the last light strand, you should connect the end of the previous strand, connect it to the outdoor extension cord. String the cable along the roof edge to the nearest outdoor power outlet socket.
After that, connect your light strands to a power source and enjoy the magic. Without a doubt, this is one of the working ways of how to hang Christmas lights on the high roof and also how to hang Christmas lights on the roof ridge.
Note: If you’d wish to time your lights, you should plug the timer into the outdoor power outlet before you can connect your extension cord. The outdoor timer will enable you to time your lights as you would wish.
What is the easiest way to hang Christmas lights?
Here’s how to hand icicle lights on your home:
- Untangle and lay out the lights.
- Use light a clip to hang the lights along the gutter or shingles.
- Hang the lights pointing down.
What do you use to hang Christmas lights in your room?
How do you hang Christmas lights without damaging walls?
How do you hang lights without drilling?
How do you hang patio lights without drilling?
Just like with gutter hooks, adhesive-backed hooks can help you hang outdoor lights without using nails or drilling holes. However, you don’t hang these off the lip of a gutter or other surface. Instead, you either peel the back or apply adhesive to the hook and pin it onto a flat surface.
What’s the best way to hang outdoor string lights?
How do you hang something on stucco without drilling?
How do you hang outdoor lights on concrete?
How do you hang Christmas lights on stucco without drilling?
How do you attach string lights to a pergola?
How do you hang outdoor lights on a deck?
How do you anchor string lights?
- Measure the space to determine how many lights you will need.
- Screw the Screw Eye hooks into place.
- Connect the molded loop to the screw hook using a D-ring clip.
- Screw the bulbs into place.
- Attach lights to Outdoor Wireless Remote Control Weatherproof Outlet.
How do you attach fairy lights to outside walls?
Screw a cup hook onto the end that the lights will hang from. You can use a power drill to make a hole or manually screw the hook into the post. Make sure the hook is all the way in and secure in the post. Choose cup hooks that also complement your deck.
Do you need a guide wire to hang string lights?
- Step 1: Measure & Prep. The first thing to do is measure for both your string lights and the cable guide wire you need for spanning across any open spaces.
- Step 2: Mount Screw Hooks.
- Step 3: Connect & Tighten Cable.
- Step 4: Attach Your String Lights.
- Step 5: Sit Back and Enjoy!
What kind of wire do you use to hang string lights?
- Attach your decorating clips or gutter hooks to the surface you are decorating at regular intervals. Use a clip or hook every 30 to 50 centimetres (cm).
- Plug the lights in, but do not switch these on yet.
- Work slowly around the area you’re decorating until you reach the end of your string of lights.