Christmas decorating is a treasured tradition for most homeowners, yet each year it seems like we have less time. Balancing our dreams of a perfect holiday with the reality of what we can accomplish during this busy season, is challenging. These tips focus on Christmas decorating tips that save you time in future years, although they might take a little more time the first year.
What's the magic? By investing time in a Christmas decorating strategy, you can buy and install the right hooks that will remain securely in place, so next year it's relatively easy to hang your decorations. For example, hanging lights along the edge of your home or gutters is challenging when you're on a ladder. If the hooks are in place, they'll guide you each year as you rehang the lights.
In many parts of the world, there are traditions about lighting your home's exterior. We put wreaths on doors and windows. We use lots of twinkling lights and know the neighborhoods with the best light displays. With technology, people have taken lights to another level, creating shows set to music like the wonderful Holden light show, and tasteful Christmas decorating display.
Christmas Decorating with Outdoor Wreaths
A favorite Christmas decorating tradition is a wreath on the front door. It's perfect when you have limited time and there are artificial wreaths that include lights, which are perfect when hanging wreaths in windows.
Common challenges with wreath hangers are the fixed height and scratching the door. You'll be happier with an adjustable wreath hanger that includes padding on the back or if you already have a hanger, glue felt to the back of the wreath hanger (what we did at my house).
More wreath hanger designs pop up each year and ones that sit at the top of your door, with fishing line to hold the wreath. Remember it's the wreath you want to focus on, to welcome guests into your home.
|Christmas decorating involves buying products that you'll store 11 months of the year so it's best to consider how easy each ornament is to store when making purchases. It's also a good idea to plan your decorating activities in small chunks of time, i.e. 4 hours for outside decorating, and store all outdoor decorating materials and tools together.
|Adjustable Wreath Hanger
|Decorating with Lots of Wreaths
|Scroll Wreath Hanger
Using Wreaths for Indoor Christmas Decorating
While wreaths are more common outdoors, there are no rules saying you can't use wreaths for Christmas decorating inside your home. It's much easier to hang artificial wreaths indoors and in front of windows, they're visible outside too, especially those with lights. At night you plug the wreaths in for a warm glow indoors and twinkling lights outdoors.
My most senior handyman uses Ook Nails for all sorts of interior projects. With their higher quality (polished smooth) they don't damage drywall going in/coming out. Part of their magic is the gold, ribbed (knurled) grip at the top of the nails which makes them easy to remove.
While Ook nails aren't intended for wood, the gold top is perfect for holding the fishing line supporting wreaths or anything you use for Christmas decorating. Here the nails were hammered into wood and while they're hardly noticeable throughout the year, they can be painted to make them invisible.