Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

December 14, 2010

Family Working on Hanging Outdoor Christmas LightsMany of our outdoor shrubs have soft needles and branches. When decorating the shrubs with outdoor holiday lights, we pin the light cords to the branches using clothes pins. This helps to keep the lights from being blown off by strong winds and keeps the bulbs facing downward.


By Sandi from Mount Airy, MD


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November 29, 2009

I am looking for materials to hang/hold Christmas lights outside. I need to hang up lights, but don't want to use a staple gun. What are other things you can use?

By miranda robinson from Whitesville, WV


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November 29, 20090 found this helpful

You can buy special clips/hooks in the same department as they sell the lights, etc. Anyway that is where they are located in my WalMart.

November 29, 20090 found this helpful

Like redhatterb said, there are hooks/clips that you can buy and attach to the roof. They are also detachable, and I wouldn't leave them on all year because then they break and kind of ruin the roof or wherever you hang the lights.


The kind I have are grey and unnoticeable, so it's good! Hope this helps!


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November 30, 20090 found this helpful

Go to Lowe's, look at what they have or get some 1x1 lumber while there & some nails.Cut the lumber as long as you want it, put a nail in each one to hold the lights. If you have bushes hang the lights on top of them, good luck.

December 2, 20090 found this helpful

My husband used small brass hooks and screwed them into the wood along the roof. They don't seem to rust, as we left the hooks up for two years now. He got them at Lowes. Hope this helps.


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December 4, 20100 found this helpful

On my old house I used the special clips but they were a pain to put up and take down every year. When I moved into my new house the previous owner had hooks along the roof. It's great they stay up all year long and it is so easy to attach the lights.


If you wanted to put them on a railing or post not so sure what you could use. I always used a staple gun.

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January 8, 2020

If you are lucky enough to have Christmas light hooks installed by the previous owner, you too can improvise in the absence of an extension ladder. Follow the tip on this page to make a quick pole that will reach the existing hooks and aid in inexpensively hanging lights on your home.

Using a stick to hang Christmas lights on the house.

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