Why are we talking about hanging Christmas wreaths in July?
Yes, we are going to talk about hanging Christmas wreaths and garland outside on a railing in July! Isn’t that a trend “Christmas in July?” The reason I HAVE to share this with you now is that the hanger I am recommending is typically only available during summer months.
So if you aren’t ready to think about Christmas when it’s hot and sunny outside, just tuck this post away on Pinterest 🙂
Christmas in July
This solution won’t be for every type of house, but I am such a fan of how this works I am going to share anyway. This will work on any deck or porch railing and maybe you will get creative and use it elsewhere. If you do, please post in the comments to share.
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If you didn’t read my post this winter about how I stay organized for Christmas, CLICK HERE. Yes, I pre-planned this post for July and photographed it this winter, as I was hanging up my wreaths. Nuts I know 😉
The reason is I couldn’t link to my handy tool this winter, so this tutorial had to be put on the shelf until July.
How-to Hang Christmas Wreaths on a Railing
Seriously, this is one of the first Christmas projects I tackle because to hang 3 wreaths and 2 garlands on my porch railing because I can finish in 30 minutes!
What do I use to hang my wreaths? A window box planter adjustable deck rail hanger! What is SO perfect about using the railing hanger is every wreath is hung at the SAME length.
Here is exact product I use, which is ADJUSTABLE to the railing size:
There are links to 3 different retailers to help you. These are sold in a pack of 3, which worked out well for me 😉 The hangers sell out, so this will help narrow your search.
Pre-light your garland and wreaths. Keep the lights on even in storage. Then when you pull them out at Christmas time they are ready to go! I usually can go 3 years before having to replace the lights!
Step 1 (for lighted wreaths):
Gather supplies: wreaths, garland, outdoor timer, extension cords, railing hangers, and 18 inch cable ties. At my house I keep everything for this one project in an old milk crate that I’ve had since college!
Map out the center of the railing you are attaching to with a tape measure or count the spindles. I’ve done this so many times that I know it’s nine in from each side.
Attach brackets to railing by opening the bracket with the wing nuts, sliding the adjustable part tight onto the railing, and then tightening the wing nuts to hold in place. Here is what they look like on the railing from the front. You can see there is a perfect hook to hold a thick wreath 🙂
If your wreaths have lights like mine do, plug in timer to outlet, plug in extension cord(s), and run one to each wreath. You know Mick HAS to help and be in the picture 🙂
Hang wreaths on hook portion of hanger and plug in lights to extension cord. If you don’t have lights, I would use a small cable tie and zip tie the wreath to the hanger in case of windy weather.
It’s as EASY as that your wreaths are hung all at the same height and length without having to measure!
How-to Hang Christmas Garland on a Railing
This one usually has me mumbling under my breath because I always seem to thread the cable tie “zipper” in the wrong way! Do you do that? In all seriousness hanging garland is very easy too.
Same as above gather all of your supplies, plug in the timer, and extension cords. Find the center of the railing
- Attach in three places: each end and in the center
- Start by attaching the garland in the CENTER, so it is held in place
- Place a cable tie around the garland and railing, then pull as tight as you can.
- Clip the long ends leftover on the cable tie.
- Plug in the lights!
Then turn the timer so they automatically come on at dusk and turn off before you go to bed! What I love is when I come home at night and the house is all lit up!
Ta da! All of this gorgeousness took 30 minutes. So buy those railing hangers NOW and tuck them away until you are ready to hang your Christmas wreaths! Want to see what my house looked like decked out for Christmas CLICK HERE.
Merry Christmas in July!
Until next time…