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How to Hang Ornaments From the Ceiling

Updated February 21, 2017

When it comes time to deck the halls for the holiday season, your decorations don't have to be limited to your tree and the walls. You can hang your holiday ornaments from the ceiling to draw attention upwards and make the top half of your home just as festive as the rest. Choose from small ornaments that you would hang on your tree or large ornaments that might resemble a light fixture. Add large, glittery or glass ornaments to reflect the light in your home, whether from your regular light fixtures or coloured holiday strand lights.

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  1. Tie a length of fishing line to the ornaments to create a floating ornament effect throughout your home. Simply thread the line through the hole in the ornament where you would put a tree hook and then tie it in a knot.

  2. Tie decorative ribbon to each of the ornaments if you want the decoration to extend from the ornaments all the way up to the ceiling. The width of the ribbon you can use depends on the size of the ornament and the size of the hole in the top of the ornament.

  3. Cut the ribbon or fishing line to the desired length and then tie a small loop in the opposite end. If you want to leave a decorative ribbon spiral, do not tie a loop on the end of the ribbon strands.

  4. Place the loop over a clear pushpin and push the pin into the ceiling. Pushpins are best for lightweight ornaments because heavier ornaments may pull the pin out of the ceiling.

  5. Push the pin through the ribbon, leaving enough room for a spiral, and then push the pin and ribbon into the ceiling.

  6. Curl the tail of the ribbon around a marker or bottle to create a spiral that will hang down from the ceiling. Use a smaller or larger object, depending on the size of the spiral you desire.

  7. Screw ceiling screw hooks into the ceiling where you would like to hang the ornaments and hang the ribbon or fishing line loops onto the hooks. Ceiling screw hooks work best for heavier ornaments because the threads provide a firmer grasp in the ceiling, however, they will leave a larger hole in the ceiling than pushpins.

  8. Tip

    If you worry the ribbon might slip off a ceiling hook, use eyelet screws instead, which are almost completely closed and ideal for large ribbon.


    Extremely heavy ornaments may damage the ceiling, so the hooks should be screwed into a floor joist for extra support. You can locate floor joists using a stud finder, just as you would find a stud in the wall.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ornaments
  • Fishing line
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Clear pushpins
  • Marker or bottle
  • Ceiling screw hooks
  • Eyelet screws

About the Author

A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.

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