How to Hang Ornaments From the Ceiling

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When it comes time to deck the halls and update your home decor for the holiday season, your decorations don't have to be limited to tree decorations, Christmas lights and wall decor. Many party decorations and holiday decorations include Christmas tree ornaments and hanging balls, a Christmas garland and even wall hangings.

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You can hang your Christmas decorations and ornaments from the ceiling to draw attention upward and make the top half of your home just as festive as the rest. Select decoration ideas to complement your chandelier, make some DIY decorations or choose from small ornaments that you would hang on your tree or large ornaments that might resemble a light fixture. Add large, glittery or glass ornaments to reflect the light in your home, whether from your regular light fixtures or colored holiday strand lights.

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Hanging decorations aren't limited to the holidays. Consider hanging ornaments for a New Year or birthday party or as wedding decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Ornaments

  • Fishing line

  • Ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Clear pushpins

  • Marker or bottle

  • Ceiling screw hooks

  • Eyelet screws

Tie line or ribbon to the hanging ornaments

Tie a length of fishing line to the ornaments to create a floating ornament effect throughout your home. Simply thread the line through the hole in the ornament where you would put a tree hook and then tie it in a knot.

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Alternatively, tie a decorative ribbon to each of the Christmas ornaments if you want the decoration to extend from the ornaments all the way up to the ceiling. The width of the ribbon you use depends on the size of the ornament and the size of the hole in the top of the ornament.

Tie the ribbon or fishing line to make a loop

Cut the ribbon or fishing line to the desired length and then tie a small loop in the opposite end. If you want to leave a decorative ribbon spiral, do not tie a loop on the end of the ribbon strands.

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Hang the ceiling decorations

Place the loop over a clear pushpin or thumbtack and push the pin into the ceiling. Pushpins are best for lightweight ornaments because heavier ornaments may pull the pin out of the ceiling.

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Warning

Extremely heavy ornaments may damage the ceiling, so the hooks should be screwed into a floor joist for extra support. You can locate floor joists using a stud finder, just as you would find a stud in the wall.

Push the pin through the ribbon, leaving enough room for a spiral, and then push the pin and ribbon into the ceiling.

Curl the ribbon tail

Curl the tail of the ribbon around a marker or bottle to create a spiral that will hang down from the ceiling. Use a smaller or larger object, depending on the size of the spiral you desire.

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Secure heavier hanging decorations

Screw ceiling screw hooks into the ceiling where you would like to hang the ornaments and hang the ribbon or fishing line loops onto the hooks. Ceiling screw hooks work best for heavier ornaments because the threads provide a firmer grasp in the ceiling; however, they will leave a larger hole in the ceiling than pushpins.

Tip

Use eyelet screws should you worry that the ribbon might slip off a ceiling hook. Eyelet screws are almost completely closed and ideal for large ribbon.

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