Are you tired of waiting on a man to put out Christmas lights? Whether it’s your husband, boyfriend, brother, or friend, do they promise to make time for you, then never make time?
Oh, most times their heart’s in the right place, they just have too many projects for the amount of time they have available. That’s their story, anyway. And hey, it’s the Holiday Season, so we’ll take it.
That said, there’s no reason you can’t have an outdoor holiday display, you just have to do it yourself. Like someone once said, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Right?
I’m not suggesting you go all out, like Clark Griswald, especially if you’re doing this by yourself. What I am suggesting, however, is that you can have some Christmas decor out front, and you can do it yourself.
So, if you’re like me, you’re not going to haul out a 12 foot ladder and climb up to the roof to hang lights. But, you can haul out a 6 foot ladder and hang lights around the garage door, lower windows, bushes, porch railings, and around the front door. All it takes is a few gutter hooks, Command brand hangers, or a hammer and nails, and some strings of lights.
That said, the most important thing to keep in mind here is safety. Don’t climb on a high ladder without someone to spot you. Don’t plug too much into one socket. Okay?
Okay. The first step is to make a plan.
- How much do you want to do? Figure out how much time you want to put into it, how many light sets you want to hang, how much of the house you want to decorate, etc.
- Think about where you’ll plug all this in. Do you have outdoor receptacles? (outlets) Also, you may need an outdoor contractor grade extension cord (large green or orange cords) to plug everything in. You can buy these at any WalMart etc. They also make outdoor plug-in stations with timers so your lights will come on and off at scheduled times. You can find these wherever you buy Christmas light sets.
- You’ll need to attach the lights to your windows or siding – get some Command brand hangers (make sure they are for outdoor use) to stick to windows or vinyl siding, or some gutter hooks – these will attach to gutters or vinyl siding.
- Get your light sets, garland, and whatever else you have to add to your festive display.
- Get started! Place your hangers (nails, gutter hooks, or sticky hangers) where you want to string lights – the corners of windows, along the top of doors, etc. String the light sets. Plug them in. You may want to start at the electric outlet to get an accurate starting point for stringing lights.
I found a video on hanging lights around windows, that I’ll link to here. It describes using the Command sticky hangers for hanging the lights outside or inside. It’s https://www.festive-lights.com/blog/christmas/how-to-run-christmas-lights-around-a-window/.
Here’s some ideas to get you thinking.
Here’s a beautiful display of lights in a bay window. This was on the Lowe’s website. This would require stringing lights around the top of the window using gutter hooks or nails, depending on whether there is wood or vinyl around your windows. Then you could hang lights around each window using the Command hangers that would stick to the glass.
If a window full of lights is a little more than you want to tackle, here’s a simpler solution. An evergreen wreath on the door, which is flanked by two potted evergreens. Battery light sets could be used if you don’t have an electric outlet handy. If you do have an outdoor electric receptacle, you could hang a set of lights around the door as well, using nails or gutter hooks to attach the string of lights to the door jam. Add a Christmas welcome mat, and call it Christmas!
Here’s another simple idea for a festive front porch. Simple evergreen swags with red bows and light sets strung inside the garland make a striking picture. A matching wreath for the front door would make it perfect. You can choose real or faux garland, the choice is yours. The only thing is, if you have a large porch, this could get expensive.
Here’s a beautiful front door that you can achieve yourself. A simple red wreath hangs on the door, flanked by two pots full of poinsettias. You can complete the look with outdoor ornaments hanging by ribbon from your porch roof. However, if, like me, you live out in the country, the wind would reek havoc on those ornaments. They wouldn’t last long. If you have porch columns, you could wrap them in white lights or red ribbon. That would last longer and look just as awesome.
The home improvement store Lowe’s has a great article on hanging lights that I want to share. It has practical tips and a video. You can find it here:
There’s lots of options for DIY outdoor Christmas decor that you can do yourself. It depends on your style, and how much you want to do. You can decorate your door and porch with a wreath and garlands. You can hang lights around the windows and garage door. You can put light sets on your front bushes, if you have them. You can use the fun pathway markers that you can buy at any home improvement store – either candy canes or Santas or snowmen. They are plastic covers that slide onto stakes with a light set strung between them. Very easy to set up and very cute!
I hope I’ve sparked your imagination and got you thinking of ways to put a festive touch to your home. Just remember, be safe, plan before you do, and keep your plan within your abilities. Oh, and have fun!