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15 Christmas Decorating Hanging Hacks That Don't Require Any Nails Whatsoever

All the best tips on how to hang garland, tinsel, wreaths, and more.

how to hang garland and stocking over the mantel
Mike Garten

If there is one thing that makes the holidays feel extra special, it’s the decorations. Decorating the house is always hard work, but once everything is set up and shining bright, it’s all worth it! Finding decoration inspiration is always the easiest task, there are endless things to ooh and aah over. However, once you gather all your house lights, ornaments, garland and more, that’s when the tough part comes in — figuring out how you’ll hang the garland on the mantle, attach Christmas lights to your home and hang wreaths on the front door!

The good news is that we have rounded up the best Christmas decoration hanging hacks so you don’t have to spend loads of time fretting over how to make everything look stunning. The holidays are busy enough as it is, so having a few hacks up your sleeve will save you the hassle and leave you more time to spend with the family doing activities.

So, when you are stuck with endless decorations and yards of tinsel, just know that Command hooks, cable ties, hot glue guns and other nifty tools can come to the rescue for all your decorating needs. The best part is that there is no drilling required so you don’t have to worry about doing any major damage to your mantel, front door, banister or anywhere else in your home.

Whether you want to hang up wreaths seamlessly or attach Christmas lights to brick walls, we have you covered with these simple and easy Christmas decoration hanging hacks.

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In My Own Style
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Porch Light Decoration

If you are looking for a way to decorate your porch light for the holidays, this is an easy and affordable way to add some greenery near your home entrance. With a wire coat hanger, foam block and a few extra supplies, you’ll be well on your way to a stunning porch light decoration.

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Decorative Garland Ties

Add a pop of color to your garland with these decorative ties. These fabric-covered ties are pleasing to look at and do a great job at securing the garland to the banister since they act as a twist tie. Also, you don’t have to worry about any scratches on the banister — an overall win!


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So Festive
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Hanging Holiday Cards

Receiving holiday cards in the mail is always fun but finding the best way to neatly display them can be a tricky matter. With just a few supplies including your favorite ribbon and clothespins, you can hang Christmas cards over your kitchen pantry door or any other place in the house where you’ll be able to see them frequently!

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christmas decoration hanging hacks for white stockings on mantel
Thrifty & Chic
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Hanging Multiple Stockings With a Curtain Rod

If you are one to have multiple stockings and don’t have enough hooks to hang them up, get a curtain rod and place it on top of the stocking hooks that you already have. Then, all you’ll have to do is string the stockings on the rod – however many you have!

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Charleston Crafted
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Hang Christmas Tree Lights Vertically

Hang your Christmas lights vertically this year and avoid the hassle of going round and round the tree. It’s quicker and you only need to go around once! Start at the bottom and bring the wire to the top of the tree, curve the wire at the top and bring it back down. Then, all you have to do is repeat until you have gone around the tree in one full loop.

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The Gifted Wreath
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Hanging Mini Wreaths With Ribbon

The more wreaths the better! If you already have your front door covered, then it’s time for mini wreaths indoors. Hang mini wreaths over kitchen cabinets with just a few simple supplies to make the holidays extra festive. With a little bit of measuring and some ribbon, you’ll have these up in no time.

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Rely on Floral Wire

Secure fresh garland down the length of your banister using floral wire. For extra security and a touch of personality, tie giant ribbons around it.

RELATED: Creative Christmas Staircase Decorations

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Gear Ties
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Use Cable Organizers to Attach Garland

You typically depend on Gear Ties to corral cords and cables, but they can also secure garland to mantels, bannisters, and shelves. The adjustable ties come in a variety of colors, so you can choose the one that best matches your railing or garland.


How to Hang Garland - Outdoor Window Hooks
Craftberry Bush
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Opt for Weather-Resistant Hooks

While any ol' Command hook will initially do the trick, it won't be able to withstand a month (or three) of winter weather. Attach garland or window swags with stick-on hooks — Christmas lights, especially! — made specifically for outdoor windows and house exteriors to ensure that your décor stays put all season long.


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Attach a Garland Hanger

For an easy, foolproof option, attach a garland hanger to any door frame — indoors or outdoors — and just drape your greens over the top. Since they're adjustable, they can be moved around from door to door (or door to window) in the years to come.


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Use Binder Clips to Hang Lights

Raid your office stash for binder clips before hanging lights or garland on the outside of your house. Not only does the color blend into dark roofs, the clip design makes it easy to adjust the garland's placement while you hang.


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How to Hang Garland - Greenery Curtain
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Make the Most of Your Tension Rod

If you love the look of greenery above your windows, just consider it your drapery for the season: A tension curtain rod holds the decorations in place, and craft-store wire attaches it to the rod.


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How to Hang Garland - Ribbon
Tidbits and Twine
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Hide a Hook in the Back

To make sure that your wreath really shines, stick a hook on the back of the door instead of the front. Then, loop the ribbon on to the hook and over the door. This way, the front looks seamless, and the bow on the back of the door offers a sweet surprise.

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How to Hang Garland - Glue Lights on Brick
My Six Ring Circus
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Glue Light Strands Directly to Your House

Hot glue is one of the easiest ways to temporarily attach a string of lights or garland to the outside of your home. Here's the catch: It doesn't work on every surface — hot glue will cause paint to peel off and stucco to melt — and it's probably not recommended by light manufacturers, so try this tip at your own risk.


RELATED: The Best Outdoor Christmas Lights You Can Buy

How to Hang Garland - Decorative Wreath Hook
The Handmade Home
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Use a Decorative Hook

Make an even bigger statement by using a metallic Command hook. It's a simple way to add some glitz to a standard wreath or garland.


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