How to Hang Wreaths on Outside Windows

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You can hang wreaths outside a window.

A wreath on the front door is ubiquitous, but a wreath on an outside window shouts "ho ho ho" just a little more loudly.


Adorn your exterior windows with wreaths during the holiday season—and any other time of year. Create DIY decorative wreaths with a fall theme, a spring theme or for Christmas decor. Other decor ideas include decorating a wreath with a patriotic theme for the Fourth of July or hanging wreath greenery to celebrate a special event such as a homecoming or wedding.

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The best method for hanging wreaths on window frames depends on the type of windows you have, the weight of the wreath and the look you want. Here's a super-easy tutorial to advance your holiday decor to the next level with an outdoor wreath.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking oil

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue gun

  • Suction cups with hooks, 1 to 2 per wreath

  • Floral wire

  • Outdoor ribbon

  • Paper towels

Prepping for the Task

Before you start, clean your window and make sure the back of the wreath is unadorned and fairly flat, which will help with the attachment. For instance, if your wreath features Christmas lights or other decorations, make sure they hang entirely on the front. These methods should work on pretty much any window, and the height of your windows doesn't matter.


Gather your supplies, which should be available at any Dollar Store, craft store like Michaels or online at Amazon.

Ribbon Method

This method works for almost every window type, but a double-hung window will be easier because you'll be able to access the area above the top window more easily. You'll be attaching a ribbon to the top of your wreath.


Cut the ribbon for the outdoor window wreath

Cut a piece of ribbon for the first outdoor window wreath. Use ribbon recommended for outdoor use. Experiment with the first ribbon to determine the length you'll need for all your wreaths according to the size of the windows and where you want the wreath to fall. Make any necessary adjustments for windows of different sizes.


Loop and knot

Loop the ribbon through the top of the wreath. Holding both ends of the ribbon together, tie a loose knot at the end of the ribbon.

Position the wreath outside

Open the window from the top wide enough to fit the wreath through. Put the wreath on the outside of the window, draping the ribbon over the top edge of the window while you hold onto the knot. Position the wreath where you want it.




You may need to secure ribbon-hung wreaths at the bottom with suction cup hooks if you live in a windy area.

Close and latch the window

Close the window carefully while still holding onto the knot, which remains on the inside of the closed window. Latch the window to make sure it is securely closed.


Another option for hanging wreaths on exterior windows is to use a double magnetic window hanger. This type of wreath hanger uses two strong magnets, one inside the window and one outside the window. The hanger holds wreaths up to 10 pounds and works on single-pane glass. Alternate ribbon colors to add interest to your wreath display, such as green and red for Christmas wreaths or yellow and orange for autumn wreaths.

Suction-Cup Method

Cut a floral wire loop

Cut a length of floral wire to fashion a hanging loop for your wreath. Thread the wire through the top of a wire wreath frame and twist the ends together to form a loop. Use a hot glue gun to attach the wire loop to a foam or wood wreath frame.


Oil the suction cup

Here's the secret ingredient: oil. Lightly moisten a paper towel with cooking oil. Wipe the oil inside a suction cup with a hook.

Secure the suction cup to the window

Push the suction cup firmly against the exterior surface of the window. Apply pressure for about a minute to secure the suction cup to the surface. Repeat the process if you need an additional suction cup to support a heavier wreath.


Hang the wreath

Hang the wreath's wire loop on the suction cup hook. Position the outdoor window wreath the way you want it on the window.

Now your outdoor decor shines more brightly, and if you save your supplies, you're ready for next year, too.



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