How to Install Christmas Garland

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Christmas garland is typically a long, evergreen “rope” that you can use to decorate your mantel, front door or balcony. Some garland is plastic, but other garland comes from real evergreens and has an authentic pine smell. Perhaps the easiest way to hang garland is to use removable sticky hooks. These hooks will stick onto almost any nonporous surface and can be removed easily without damaging your walls.

How to Install Christmas Garland
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Things You'll Need

  • Removable sticky hooks
  • Garland
  • Yardstick or tape measure
  • Pencil
Step 1

Measure the length of your garland and the length of the area where you would like to hang it. The width of the hanging site should be two or three feet shorter than the garland to allow it to drape nicely.

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Step 2

Place a sticky hook on both ends of where you plan to hang the garland.

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Step 3

Measure the distance between the two hooks. Divide that number by one more than the remaining number of hooks you would like to use. For example, if the two hooks are 10 feet apart and you want to use three hooks between them, divide 10 by 4. The answer is 2.5. You would measure 2.5 feet from the first hook to the spot where you'll place the next one. Mark it. Continue measuring and making marks until you reach the other end.

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Step 4

Place a sticky hook at each mark.

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Step 5

Hang the garland over the hooks so that the ends are hanging straight down and the garland has dipped between each hook.

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Step 6

Level the garland so that the ends are hanging the same length and the garland is dipping at the same depth between each hook.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Sticky hooks should not be used outside if you live where it will snow. The sticky surface may freeze or get wet and will fall off.
  • If you are hanging the garland over your door, you can buy over-the-door hooks from Christmas decoration supply websites.
  • If you find that you cannot use sticky hooks, you can use thumb tacks or a staple gun to stick the garland to your wall.

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