This year, don’t be afraid of damaging your walls while hanging lights inside the house. Illuminate your Christmas decor by making a simple colorful garland featuring lights and burlap ribbon. Set off your tree or add festivity to another part of the house with this fun and easy DIY project.
How to Hang a Christmas Light Garland without Damaging Walls
Select Your Lights
Your first step to the perfect DIY Christmas garland is picking the perfect string of lights. Strands of white look gorgeous when the rest of your home is an explosion of color. If you’ve gone light on the Christmas decor this year, then you should look at multi-colored lights. Christmas Lights Etc has beautiful multi-colored lights in red, green, and white that will bring cheer into your home.
Cut and Tie Your Ribbons
Get wide strips of burlap or spools of inch-wide ribbon. Go for a single color, like red, or alternate red and green. You can even get creative and throw a few more colors into the mix, like chartreuse, magenta, or gold. Cut your burlap so it’s about an inch wide and 4 inches long, just enough to create a knot around the light string. Then knot a piece of burlap or ribbon between each light so the ends stick out.
Plan Your Decor
Once you’ve tied those ribbons, experiment with draping your lights across different parts of the house to decide where you like the garland best. It will look pretty across the mantelpiece, wrapped around the banister, or hanging in a window. If you have long enough lights, you can make a design on one wall or hang strings across the ceiling. Let your creativity run wild! You can always buy more lights if inspiration for a bigger project strikes. Don’t forget that you need to plug the lights into the nearest outlet. Attach an extension cord if necessary.
Use Plastic Hooks
The easiest way to hang lights inside without damaging your walls is to use plastic hooks. The sticky tape that comes with the hooks is formulated not to peel paint off when you remove them eventually. You can get these hooks at most hardware and big box stores. Hang all your hooks before you put up the lights. Then drape the lights between the hooks to achieve the look you want.
Wrap a Curtain Rod
Planning to hang your festive garland over a window? Get a second curtain rod! You can wrap the lights around the rod and hang it in your window. A suspension rod is perfect for this, since it won’t get in the way of your existing window dressings. Wrap the garland tight for a precise look, or drape your lights so they hang down for bohemian chic Christmas decor.
This activity is perfect for adults and for children. You and your kids can do this project in an afternoon while waiting for cookies to finish in the oven or during a fun evening of Christmas decorating. Turn on your favorite Christmas songs and create some festive new decor.