How to Hang Christmas Lights Like a Pro
Christmas lights are increasingly popular and cheaper than ever. Use our guide below to plan and hang a Christmas light display on your home to get a great result.
Get inspired. Search online to find photos of Christmas light displays that jingle your bells and check out the best Christmas light locations in your neighbourhood. Try to find houses with a similar shape or roofline to your own to really get a good picture of how your finished display will look. You’ll also get a broader idea of what sort of lights and decorations are available beyond your nearest hardware or department store.
If you really want to stand out from your neighbours and have something unique, think about buying your lights online or from a specialty store. It’s a bit of a buzzkill to see your neighbour with the same light feature of Santa stepping into a chimney that was on sale at your local department store.
This is also a good time to decide on the size of your display and how much time you want to put into hanging and taking down your lights. Think about where you want to hang your lights, whether along the roofline, gutters, windows, walkways, front porch, back deck, trees, shrubs, or all of the above. If you don’t have roofing experience or aren’t comfortable on a ladder, stick with a step stool and easy to reach areas.
Measure the lengths that you want to decorate and be sure to factor in the distance to the nearest power point and any extension cords you might need.
If you’re hanging your lights horizontally along the gutters, you can simply measure around the base of the house at ground level to get a good idea of your lengths. Running lights along gables and vertical sections of your house will require climbing a ladder and getting on the roof to acquire accurate measurements.
3. Outdoor Christmas Lights
Make sure your Christmas lights are suitable for outdoor use and decide whether you want to go electric or solar.
When it comes to securing your lights, clips are an excellent way to fasten them and a great alternative to nails, screws, duct tape or staples.
Also remember to get your lights untangled before you start climbing ladders and ideally get a helper to hold them for you as you work along.
Check you’ve got all the tools you need when it comes time to hang your lights. Make a list and check everything is working and charged before the big day to avoid last minute runs to the shops.
Most lists will include double adaptors, power boards, outdoor extension cord, power garden stake, a step stool, a ladder, nails, a hammer and a drill.
A hat and some sunscreen is also a good idea for Christmas light hanging in the Aussie summertime.