How to hang the PERFECT Lights on your Columns – hire someone to do it?Since I tend not to do things if I can’t do it perfectly (Hey, we’re all a work in progress, right?), I thought to have someone else put them up who would be able to line the roof and make them fancy was a great idea. It would have been if, you know, I would actually call someone to do it. Aaaaannnnyyyway… as we were driving to school last week, Jake asked me to put up the lights before I picked them up from school.
I promised the poor kid I would work on it.
But first, trim the hedges to make the lights even.When I got home from drop off, I pulled the lights from the box, dragged the step ladder out and got to work around the garage. But when I got to the hedges in front of the house I realized how much they were bugging me. I’ve been meaning for months to talk to the lawn guy about trimming them way back and making them even! Why are they s uneven (like, always!)? So…I dragged the hedge trimmer and extension cord out of the garage and started hacking, er, trimming, the hedges. Once they were a little better (albeit without leaves now…whoops), well, I took a break because hedge trimmers can get heavy and it felt like it was about 100 degrees in December after all that. Anyway. I got most of the lights done that day and the boys were VERY happy with their mama for that!
There has got to be a better way to put the lights on the pillars!Except. There are pillars by the front door that I like to wrap lights around. But there is only an inch or so between the pillars and the wall, and it is a b-i-t-c-h to wrap lights through there. My knuckles get scraped and the lights get caught and the cord tangles. Just. Ugh.
So last year I used some wire coat hangers out to fashioned a device to hang the Christmas lights on the pillars.
So I thought and thought…I went to Home Depot and found some rounded corner molding, Command Hooks (the Outdoor Light Clips) and a couple of bungee cords to fashion a NEW and IMPROVED Christmas lights pillar hanging device. If you are interested in the original step-by-step instructions for what I did, you can find them at this link –> Tutorial to Hang Lights on Pillars.
Look at these Christmas Lights on the columns!I was SO excited about this! It only cost about $20 and the most expensive part of it was the hooks.
New and Improved device to hang lights on columnsThis year – I pulled my wood strips out of the attic and remembered that the Command Hooks didn’t stick great for where my lights were placed. So I picked up some cup hooks, drilled pilot holes in the corner molding, and screwed those hooks in! WORKED LIKE A CHARM! Here’s the first picture with the new light hooks. (Why purple? Well, for the past few years, when I have taken the Halloween lights down, I put purple lights up for the month of November in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month and my 32-weeker twins! (read a little about my preemie-experience here). Plus. So pretty!) That wood though. While the hooks were totally working how I’d planned, the unpainted wood bugged me. Yes, the green wire of the lights bugged me too, so I changed to white after this picture was taken. But that unfinished wood strip bugged me more!
Spray paint your column light hooks to match your houseI picked up some textured spray paint close to the color of the columns to see if I could make them blend in a little. I taped the hooks with painter’s tape so I didn’t spray them (highly recommend painting the wood before screwing the hooks in). It took a couple of coats of paint because I didn’t prime the strips – but look how much better! And here! Not NEARLY as noticeable! Yay! The white light wires are much better too. While I’m already thinking of other improvements to make, I am SO happy with these this year! It makes hanging the lights (and taking them down) a BREEEEEZZZEEEE!!! This would totally work on square or rectangular columns too – the corner molding would fit right onto the back corners!
The column light hooks are so easy to make. Here’s what you need:
- Corner molding the length of your column height – two strips per column
- Bungees or some sort of fastener to hold the strips onto the columns at the top and bottom
- Cup Hooks
- Tape Measure to measure out where you want your hooks
- Drill, and appropriate size drill bit, to drill pilot holes
- Lights – you’ll have to figure out how many you’ll need for your column height and diameter, and the number of hooks you use
- Optional paint, any color you choose!