It is difficult to imagine a holiday season without adorning homes, workplaces or schools with festive decorations. As spaces convert to winter wonderlands, many people's hanging options are limited to nonintrusive fixings, making ceiling magnets a practical solution for hanging ornaments and other decorations from the ceiling. Whether you plan on hanging string lights, ornaments or paper snowflakes, there is a ceiling magnet for the job.
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What Are Ceiling Magnets?
There are numerous ceiling magnets on the market, each designed to support a wide range of weights. While they are most often used in commercial spaces to suspend signs from the ceiling, you can easily use ceiling magnets in your home or office to hang decorations provided that there is metal to attach the magnet. While designs may vary depending on the magnet's intended purpose and brand, the magnet is typically enclosed in a plastic or metal casing with a small hook on the other end.
Press the magnet end against a metal object to install the ceiling magnet. It should attach quickly, allowing you to hang a decoration or sign from its hook. As long as the magnet can support the object's weight, the ornament should hang from the ceiling until it's time to take it down.
Removing a ceiling magnet is just as easy as applying it. The magnet should detach from the metal surface with a simple pull without causing any damage. This damage-free use makes ceiling magnets ideal for spaces you cannot modify, such as offices, schools, stores or rented spaces.
How to Pick the Right Ceiling Magnet
Picking the best ceiling magnet for the job depends on the decoration's weight. If you are hanging paper snowflakes or other lightweight decorations, the smallest ceiling magnet will likely do the trick. However, ornament weight can vary greatly.
Determine the weight of the object before purchasing a ceiling magnet. If the weight is not listed or you threw out the packaging long ago, weigh the ornament yourself on a food scale to play it safe. Once you've determined the decoration's weight, pick a ceiling magnet that can support it.
For example, magnets like the ClikMagnet series feature four magnetic pull strengths. The smallest magnet, the mini ClikMagnet, has a magnetic pull of 3 pounds and is best used for lightweight signs and decorations. When researching the best magnet for the job, be sure to consult with the manufacturer's magnetic pull strength.
Hang Decorations With Magnets and Hot Glue
If you are unable to find a ceiling magnet with a hook in time and you have spare magnets on hand, you can DIY a ceiling magnet with a hot glue gun and some string. Hot glue is a thermoplastic polymer that melts at high temperatures and resolidifies as it cools, creating a versatile and strong bond.
When making a ceiling magnet yourself, it is essential to determine the decoration's weight and the magnet's pull strength before hanging. If you plan on using hot glue to hang Christmas lights with magnets, you will likely need multiple magnets depending on the size and weight.
Once all materials are collected, attach a string to the decoration as the hot glue gun heats. Then, apply hot glue to the magnet and the string's other end. Wait for the glue to dry completely and then firmly press the magnet to the metal section on the ceiling.