Asked on Dec 2, 2019

How can I illuminate this big house with Christmas decor?



I need some creativity on a shoe string budget to light up my house for Christmas. All ideas are welcome. The professionals are way outta my league! : )

8 answers
  • Use what you have! The first year I lived in my current home, I decided where I wanted to hang lights. Then I screwed in cup hooks. Now it takes about an our to get the box down, test the lights then string them up and plug them into a timer. For the second story, use command hooks and hang them from the inside.

    • I opted for screw in cup hooks as I own my house and want to cut down on waste - command hooks fall off in the incessant summer heat at my house - hence having to replace each holiday season. I installed the cup hooks 20 years ago and still in use today. Allows me to use for other decor during the year too, with little effort.

  • Kathy alfke
    on Dec 2, 2019

    Thank you!!! How do I get to that top part? The roof is slanted and a bit scary. I usually get lights when very cheap after Christmas but this time I have to bite the bullet! : ) Thanks again!

  • Ohiorn
    on Dec 2, 2019

    Battery operated candles in the front windows make a pretty look. Many have timers also. Your Christmas tree in the window will provide pretty lights at night. Fake wreaths with a ribbon inside of each window held by Command hooks. Some people hang the wreaths on the outside of the windows with the ribbon inside of the window-would depend on the type of windows you have and if a draft was created. You have those bushes up front, small ribbons or a bright garland may work for you. A spotlight outside in red or green can provide a lot of accent for your home. Agree to use what you have. Many things can be repurposed. Dollar Tree is great for decorating on a budget. Enjoy decorating. Your home is lovely!

  • Deb K
    on Dec 2, 2019

    Hi Kathy, try looking through sales bins at the stores, and at pre used stores like Good will for the laser lights that shine onto the house making it look like you hung a ton of lights. They start at $29.00 new to 99

  • Flipturn
    on Dec 3, 2019

    If your overhang is made of metal, and not wood, it may be difficult to hanging hardware such as cup hooks to stay attached. The other challenge in mounting lights is the brick.

    Before you rush out and buy any lights, browse through Pinterest at other house holiday lights and decide what 'look' you prefer: straight lines with bulbs evenly spaced and facing a uniform direction, or bunched up, icicle style, wrapped rope lights etc.

    Purchase the type of lights that is going to mount the easiest to give you the look you are aiming for. For example, some of the new LED string lights have tightly twisted cords that make it difficult to achieve straight lines.

  • Flipturn
    on Dec 3, 2019

    Net lights stretched over the bushes in the front would be easy to 'put up' and can pack a lot of punch if they are completely covered. Depending on the size of the nets, you may need two or maybe three nets pr bush to achieve the full impact. Use short plastic zip ties to attach one net to the other so there are continuous lights without a gap.

  • Patty
    on Dec 3, 2019

    Lights go a long way in decorating a house. I also buy them right after Christmas when the stores are practically giving them away. Add a couple of poinsettia one on each side of the door. Net lights over your shrubs. Wrap the brick posts in white ribbon to resemble a candy cane? Go to your local dollar store and let your imagination go wild.

    It took me a long time to decorate my house, years of collecting. Don't underestimate the Good will or other thrift stores. One persons trash is another persons treasure.

    This was my house. An example of what years of collecting and the dollar store can do. The Theme of my house was Nutcracker Sweet.

  • Dee
    on Dec 4, 2019

    I use roof clips. They fit nicely under the shingles. I had cup hooks but then you are making holes in the wood of your home. I think if you wrap the posts and just put strands of lights under what looks to be a gutter, it would look nice. Oh you can also put net lights on the windows.

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