Chistmas season might just be the favorite part of every one’s year especially if you finally get to rest and cool off from your hectic job-life. But, of course what is christmas without christmas lights? Right! your guessis as good as mine, that might be a huge disaster age we do not hope to live to see. So, since christmas lights are such intricate part of the most popular holiday season of a year, you might want to learn new tricks of adding more beauty and style to your traditional christmas home decor, and here is one way – how to hang christmas lights outside without nails. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?
You really, do not need to use nails any more, especially since they may damage your walls or may even accidentally hurt you, causing a bad christmas start. But, hanging out christmas lights without nails is creative, fun and really easy to set up and to dissemble. Here is how to safe yourself the trouble of clawing, hammering etc.
What You Need
- Adhesive Hooks and Clips
- Hot Glue
- Gutter Clips
- Brick Clips
Methods to Use
Several methods exist to hang Christmas lights outside without nails, yet using tapes, plastic clips and hot glue are about the easiest and safest in preserving both walls and surfaces they are attached to.
1. Drape the Lights
- Net lights are convenient for quick decorations, it covers small spaces. To do this, connect the lights into the extension cord, and mount the square over the top of the shrub. Pull the corners of the netting down to the bottom of the shrub, and tuck some of the lights into the foliage for a more natural look.
- Proceed to wrapping the lights around the trunk of a tall tree tighly, so they do not go loose when you leave them, you may want to use hot glue on the trunk of the tree to hold up some of the lights.. To luminate it, do so without an extension cord to run the lights to the tree, and then wrap from trunk up, until you reach the first branch, leaving about 15 cm of space in between the strands of lights. Then, wrap the lights back down to the bottom of the trunk, passing them through the middle of the space you left between the strands.
- For an “S” design, snake the lights through in a winding shape from the bottom of the shrub to the top, covering only the front and some portion of the shrub’s top. This lighting allows randomly dispersed lights throughout the shrubs.
2. Hang with Plastic Clips
- Ideal for gutters are S-shaped gutter hooks, though they might shift positions or slide off overtime. They certainly allow you stressfree christmas lighting along your gutters, to set up – use the bottom part of the S as a hook and string the wire of the lights into each hook. Press the top part of the S into the gutter, and allow the left over part rest on the front.
- Opt for shingle tabs, they are (L-shaped with 2 prongs and a small hole on its top). This will help you to position the lights on top of your roof by sliding the prongs under a shingle. Then, leave the side with the whole to stick up into the air. Next, slide a either C7 or C9 bulb into the hole to hold it in position.
- Use plastic clips or hooks if you have smooth surfaces as they won’t work on concrete etc.. Do this by, peeling the protective paper off of the back and hold the sticky side onto the surface. Then, snap the base of one of the bulbs into the clip to hold it into place. Appropriately space your bulbs to about 15–20 cm between each hook or clip, and at most 1 clip for every 1-2 bulb to make your light display look neat. Spacing your bulbs farther apart allows the light from the bulbs to spread, creating a more inviting display.
- Start stringing the lights working from the outlet, by placing the male end of the strand near the power outlet, on the outside of your house. If you, use an outdoor extension cord, it’d make your light strands longer. Ensure to plug the strand of lights into the extension cord before you string them along the roof.
3. Use Hot Glue
- Heat up a hot glue gum, allow for 5-10 minutes for the glue to heat up in the gun. This allows, for hanging the lights, and pick a glue that’s safe for outdoor use. Load the glue gun and plug it in with an extension cord so you can walk around with the glue. Be cautious, while the glue gun is heating up, glue can leak out of the front of the gun, and will cause burns if it gets on your skin. Hot glue isn’t safe for stucco applied over styrofoam, you could identify this with a hollow sound.
- Use the glue gun to hang the wiring when there are no bulbs in the strand, with the bulbs unscrewed from the sockets, this is easier. Find a spool of bulbless lights, and then purchase bulbs in whatever color and shape you prefer.
- With one socket in your hand, find the clip on the side for releasing the bulb. Then, twist the socket to the opposite side, and put the glue (a pea-sized bead of glue) directly on the side of the socket so you can attach it to the concrete, stucco or any texture wall. Apply the glue and put it on the wall immediately before moving onto the next socket.
- Press the light socket onto the surface where you want it to be and hold it for 10 seconds, or until its firm so it doesn’t slide when you leave it. Ensure the socket is facing up/down or tilted (the orientation you wish) to ensure that the bulb will be in the right position for your display.
- Screw in the bulbs once you have all of the sockets glued in place. Avoid scratching them against the wall as you put them into the sockets. If using multi-colored bulbs, having them organized in a color pattern will be more blending and beautiful.
Hanging Christmas lights can be an amazing way to communicate love, warmth and peaceful holiday spirit, between family and friends. Therefore, a plus if done with less stress and expenses.