hanging christmas lights
Hanging Christmas Lights
Hanging Christmas lights is not an arduous task if you involve everyone and make it a fun project. Here are some ideas to inspire you about the best way to hang them and decorate your home.
- Always check the amount of lights you will need by measuring the length of the area you are covering with them.
- Also check whether the lights are working before you use them for decoration, instead of climbing up to put them up and realizing that they aren't working.
- When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, make sure that you have suitably located and well protected electrical outlets to plug in the lights. If not, have them installed, so that you don't have to pull any wires beyond their capacity.
- For the outdoors, always choose lights that are designed for outdoor use.
- Ensure that the day you decide to put up the lights outdoors is dry and not slippery as you may hurt yourself.
- Use a sturdy ladder that is held in place by someone who is helping you with the lights. Never put up Christmas lights alone.
- Putting up Christmas lights both indoors and outdoors requires the placement of hooks that will hold these lights. While some people just use tape indoors (not a very great idea), the hooks are a must for the outdoors.
- To use Christmas lights indoors, start by wrapping your Christmas tree with these lights.
- If you have a fireplace, don't exclude it from this beautiful Christmas lighting. Go around the mantel, above the fireplace, and simply highlight the edges of the fireplace with these lights. This is the simplest way to go about the process, and makes for some elegant Christmas decoration.
- Create the shape of a star with the lights above the fireplace, or a Christmas light wreath. Just don't entangle the wires too much.
- If you have a table setting with the entire scene of Jesus' birth laid out, ensure that you include it in the Christmas light decoration. Highlight the setting by running the lights around it, and around the table too.
- If you have wainscoting in your house, run a string of lights on the top of the panel, and you don't need any more decorations around. It will beautifully light up your house and give it a great Christmas feel.
- For a simple look, highlight just the edges of your house. This includes the gutter lines, the roof, the windows, and the doors. Wrap up the lights on the columns on your porch, and on the railings if you have any.
- Include your landscape in your outdoor lighting ideas this Christmas. A tree in your front yard, or shrubs and bushes, should all be decorated with gorgeous single-colored Christmas lights. Highlight the edges of patches of grass, or your walkway with these lights.
- Ready-made Christmas light designs are available in stores. Use these on your main door as an additional interesting element in your Christmas decorations.