How to Hang Christmas Lights From the Ceiling

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Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive hook

  • Ladder

  • Christmas lights

  • Pencil

Lights used as decoration during the Christmas season brighten spirits and add a festive ambiance. They can be seen on trees, in shopping malls, indoors, outdoors and even hanging from ceilings. In the past, lights had to be attached to walls using a hammer and nails, which often left unsightly holes that needed to be patched up once the lights were taken down. New technology allows people to hang lights from their walls and ceilings without doing any damage to their home.


Step 1

Purchase adhesive hooks from your local home or hardware shop. Choose a size that will easily accommodate the size of your Christmas lights.

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Step 2

Decide where you want to hang the lights. Mark lightly with a pencil where you want to install the adhesive hooks so they're evenly spaced and precisely positioned..


Step 3

Grab the ladder and place it where you want the first adhesive hook installed.


Step 4

Climb the ladder and remove the tape from the hook. Secure it to the ceiling. Repeat this process until all hooks have been placed on the ceiling.


Step 5

Wait about an hour and then string your lights on the hooks.


When it's time to take down the lights, remove the hooks from the ceiling by pulling on their little tabs to dislodge them. Read the instructions on the box of your hook before attempting this. The instructions may vary from brand to brand.

Adhesive hooks should work on most ceilings, but if you're wondering if they'll perform as advertised on your ceiling, be sure to read the box to see if it contains any "don'ts" that are relevant to your situation.

Peel and stick tabs don't work on textured ceilings. Use a staple gun, screw-in hooks or thumb tacks instead.


Be careful when climbing the ladder. Make sure it's secure so as to prevent wobbling. It may help to have somebody hold the ladder while you set up the hooks and lights.

Never climb a ladder wearing socks or slippers. Bare foot or sneakers work best.

Don't drive sharp objects through the wire. Staple over the wire or push thumbtacks in between the two wires that twist. Tacks won't work with single-wire lights.


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