Decorating for Christmas can be frustrating, but a few key supplies can make a world of difference! By no means an exhaustive list, this product grouping are things I continually use year after year to decorate my own home. Having the right tools for the job makes installing your Christmas decor easy & delightful (well, I don't know about that last one), so here it goes:
1. Brick Clips - Great for hanging things (wreaths, lights, snowmen, etc) on your exterior with no nails or drilling!
2. Vinyl Siding Clips - Same as above- just for vinyl siding instead of brick
3. Ridge Line Roof Clips - Great for installing lights on the tip top of a roof line!
4. Cable Ties - The husband loves these - so easy to install, fits in tiny holes and comes in a variety of colors so you can hide them. Simply loop your lights, wreaths, etc with a crevice or hole in a gutter, shutter or molding, then cinch it tight. Cut off the excess - then your done! They stay put all season long & when you're done, simply cut it down. No damage, no fuss!
5. 3M Command Stick-On Clips - There are a large variety of sizes, weight possibilities, and colors depending upon your job, but I love the clear ones for Christmas decorating. When the season is over - simply remove them & they come right off!
6. Automatic Timer For Lights - These are great! Plug them into your outlet wherever your Christmas lights are & never forget to turn on your lights at night! It also helps reduce your energy consumption, too. My favorite product ever!
7. LED String Lights on Copper Wire - Tiny LED lights on an extremely thin & pliable copper wire with a remote control make it super easy to hang these lights anywhere you want. The copper wiring make them incognito during the day when you don't want to see them and they are super lightweight! I keep these on my screened-in back porch year round, and they give off an amazing amount of light for how small they are. An added bonus is that they're controlled by remote. I cannot recommend these lights highly enough!
8. Hot Glue Gun - Hot glue is pretty amazing for sticking things all over the house on non-porous materials. Simply put a dab of hot glue on a window or gutter, stick the light string in it while still mushy and let it dry. When the holidays are over, simply pop it off your background and it comes right off! Avoid putting hot glue on fabric or drywall, though! Its best to use this method with metal, glossy trimwork or glass.
9. Fishing Line or Monofilament - I use this everywhere at Christmas time! Great for attaching things inside and out to clips, banisters, the tree - you name it! Once in place, it practically disappears!
10. 3M Wall Mounting Tabs - I use these for displaying Christmas cards, kids artwork & anything lightweight right onto a wall! These tabs don't damage the paint on your drywall, which makes it great for interior applications - avoid using it outside!
11. Picture Hanging Wire - I also use this everywhere at Christmas. Wire is very practical for hanging and attaching heavier weighted items like larger bows & wreaths. It's pliable, and if you manipulate it properly, you'll be able to hide it pretty well! I also use wire to hang my heavier ornaments, so they're not constantly hanging off the tree!
12. Commercial Christmas All Application Clips - These are fantastic for attaching lights to all surfaces like gutters, shingles, shutters and even tile roofs. I like these particular clips, because they attach to a variety of different surfaces and situations.
So, there you have it! Hopefully these products will make your life easier this holiday season when you're installing your Christmas decorations. I've hyperlinked all the products, so you can easily find them. I'm not being compensated for this post, just my honest opinion on what products I've found over the years that have really helped me out! I apologize that all the links go to Amazon - I have a little love affair with Amazon that is ridiculous at times, but this store is my go to online shopping site & they ship quick, so there. Most of these items can also be found at your local hardware store, too. Like us on Facebook to catch up on all our art & design ideas at PaperCanvasEtc. Enjoy your holiday decorating and as always - Happy Designing!