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Whether you are using traditional incandescent Christmas lights or more modern LEDs, which are cool to the touch and energy-efficient, hanging your Christmas lights indoors can help give your home a festive atmosphere. The strategy you use to hang the lights will depend on a variety of factors, including the planned location of the lights, what tools and materials you have available, and whether or not you mind if the materials you use for hanging are visible.
Wrapping is one of the simplest ways to hang Christmas lights, as it does not require the use of any external hanging materials or tools. Instead, you hang the lights with the wires that hold the lights together. People commonly use this hanging technique to decorate Christmas trees, as the branches of the trees serve as scaffolding or support structures for holding the lights. You can also wrap Christmas lights around lamp poles, chair legs and armrests, hat racks and other pieces of furniture. In some instances, particularly with horizontally-oriented objects and surfaces, you can get away with simply draping the lights across a solid surface, as gravity will hold the lights and wires in place. Alternatively, you can secure the lights with other objects, such as tacks, nails or tape.
Tacking and Nailing
To hang Christmas lights on interior door and windows frames or around the perimeter of a room, tacks and nails are sturdy, secure options. Although, in some instances, you may be able to push the tacks directly into the supporting structure with your thumb, a small hammer can make the job easier. With nails, however, you should always use a hammer. The trick to tacking and nailing Christmas lights is to avoid penetrating or cutting through the wires. Most lights are made of multiple skinny wires that are twisted together. Before driving a tack or nail into the strand of lights, separate these wires and create an opening; otherwise, you risk damaging the lights.
Taping Christmas lights onto interior items and surfaces is not as secure an option as using tacks or nails. However, unlike with tacks and nails, the tape will not leave behind holes. In addition, if you use a clear variety of tape, such as transparent tape, the visibility of the hanging materials you use will be minimal. This is an important consideration if you do not like the aesthetics of tacks and nails, which can protrude from the decoration. According to Crafts FAQ, you should avoid using duct tape when hanging Christmas lights, as the tape can leave behind a sticky residue.
Using Specialty Products
If you are serious about holiday decorating, investing in some speciality Christmas light-hanging products may be the best option. These products typically feature non-residue-forming adhesive backs and have small clips or hooks on their fronts that hold wires in place without providing much visual disturbance. To use such products, you will need to stick the adhesives to the wall or other surface and then feed the Christmas lights through the clips.
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