How to Hang Christmas Lights Around Windows (4 Easy Tips)
Hanging Christmas lights is an art that nobody really thinks about until it’s their responsibility, and it can be especially hard if you’re putting up lights for the first time. The good news is that hanging lights around your windows during the holidays doesn’t have to be a hair-pulling experience. With some careful planning, you can have your house lit up like you hired pros to do the work. Let’s dig into what you need and how to go about it.
The 4 Tips to Easily Hang Christmas Lights Around Windows
1. Plan It Out
Don’t be the one putting their lights up on Christmas Eve in a panic because you forgot. Take a tape measure and measure around the perimeter of your home, even if you’ve done it before. Write these measurements down, as well as how high, wide, and tall your windows are. These latter figures may be important if you have limited lights or wires to work with.
While you’re measuring, have a rag handy to wipe down your window frames if you intend on using adhesives to secure your lights.
2. Test Your Lights Before Hanging Them
It should go without saying, but definitely test your lights before you hang them up. If you need to replace a strand after, well, we wish you luck.
Methodically untangle and plug each strand of lights in, then lay them out neatly for later. Even if you’re reusing last year’s lights, chances are that at least a few bulbs need to be replaced. Have some replacements handy and screw them in as needed.
3. Choose Your Mounting Method
There are numerous ways to hang Christmas lights, and everyone has their preferred method. Also, some methods may work better for certain types of homes. Let’s briefly go over the most popular ways to hang and secure Christmas lights around your windows.
4. Hang Your Christmas Lights
In between straightaways outside your exterior walls, install your chosen mounting tools 2 to 3 inches outside the window’s outer edge. This will prevent damage in case you’re screwing and give you some more flexibility when removing them. If possible, use cup hooks to fill in any gaps where the light strands might be sagging.
Start at the bottom edge of the window and tautly unwind your wire while working your way up the side, affixing wire where necessary. If the wire is starting to sag a bit, it’s a sign you need another fastener. Depending on the length of your light strands, you can use a single strand for the whole window, or multiple shorter strands to make organizing them easier.
If you have a second or third-story home, be extremely careful. Have someone on the ground hold the ladder steady while you work on your upper windows or use a safety harness if you’re actually on the roof. Falling off the ladder while hanging your Christmas lights might be a funny gag in movies, but in real life, it can be fatal. Don’t leave your safety to chance when hanging up your lights this holiday season!
Hanging Christmas lights around windows can be daunting if you’ve only ever done a basic light perimeter outside your house, but it’s not as hard as you’d think. The most essential steps are to measure your windows, test your lights, and choose the right mounting tools. Once that’s out of the way, you can have the lion’s share of it done in a few hours.
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