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Christmas lights home > Christmas lights information > How to Hang Icicle Lights

How to Hang Icicle Lights

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When you first take your icicle lights out of the box, you should begin hanging them. The way they are placed in the box can help keep them from getting tangled up. If you take the lights out to look at them, but you don’t put them up, you will likely make a ball of lights that can end up in a tangled mess. This is why it is best to simply put them up as soon as you take them out.

Icicle lights have one main strand, and the lights actually hang off of that strand. In order to have these look the best, you should hang the lights by that main center strand. Starting on one end of the house and continuing until they run out isn’t the best idea unless you have measured and are sure you have enough. If not, you may discover too late that you only have enough to cover a portion of the front of your house.

To avoid this situation, it is best to measure before buying the icicle lights. Then you can make sure you have enough to cover the entire area you want covered. Or, if you are working within a small budget, measuring in advance will allow you to strategically place the icicle lights so that they don’t look like they stopped short. In this way, you could divide the excess space in half, giving equal parts to both sides. Then, if the lights fall short of the perimeter, it looks as though they did intentionally.

Another tip to putting up icicle lights is to only do it on the edge of your house. The icicle lights were meant to look as though they are actual icicles formed by ice and cold weather. If you place them in a weird place or put them up in a strange manner, they could end up looking like a ball of white lights. To get the most out of yours, you should hang them only around the edge of your house, or at the edge of your roof.

When you are ready to put the lights up after the Christmas holidays, you should place them back in the box they came in, on the plastic rack they came on. This can help keep all the icicles separate and they will be much easier to put up next year than if they are balled up. Take your time with your icicle lights, follow the directions on the box, be careful when climbing on ladders, have someone at the bottom of the ladder holding the lights for you, and have fun decorating this winter!


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