How to Hang garland (Nail Free and Damage Free)

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This post will show you how to hang garland on your walls, mantel, ceiling, etc without using nails and without damaging your walls. This is the same method I have used for years with success and it’s inexpensive and will work with heavy garlands. Ready to learn how?

hang garland on walls easily without damage or nails

One of my favorite parts of decorating for Christmas is hanging up garlands. It’s such a great way to make your home feel festive. Beautiful garlands just make your home come alive!

I wanted to show you guys how I how my garland every year. This method works for walls, doorways, ceilings, mantels – basically wherever you want that garland to stay put. It’s super easy and inexpensive and won’t damage your walls!

Don’t worry – there is no hammer and nails involved, either.

How to Hang Garland with damaging your walls

Here’s what I do. I use these 3m Clear Command Hooks and these white hooks (if you’re a reader of mine, you know my love affair with these things). I have these faux garlands from Factory Direct Craft (can’t seem to find them on the website but Target and Terrain have similar options) and these hooks are perfect for them since they blend right in.

Here’s the simple process.

Use command hooks to hang garland on walls
  1. Clean your walls with rubbing alcohol first. Don’t use these on freshly painted walls – it’s best to wait at least a week. You also can’t use these on wallpaper according to the manufacturer, but I’ve never tried myself.
  2. Attach one adhesive strip to the hook. Make sure you are using the correct side of the adhesive strip (one will say ‘wall side’ on it).
  3. Stick the hook with the adhesive to the wall and press firmly. Done!

You can stick them anywhere, and they remove cleanly. I usually pick up a bunch when I’m at the store. It’s a regular item for us!

Hang garland directly from wall hooks without damage

You can literally “hang” your garland directly on these hooks.

What about hanging heavy garlands?

Simple! They make these same hooks that hold 7.5 pounds! The real cedar garlands that you get around the holidays can be heavy, but they are no match for these hooks. The bushy garlands hide the white and bronze hooks if you are worried about that.

Cedar garland for Christmas

How to Remove Command Hooks

When it’s time to take the garlands down, there are a few tricks I’ve learned for removing command strips and hooks.

  • Pull the tab coming out from the hook SLOWLY. If you pull too fast, it may break.
  • You can also use a hairdryer on the strip to warm up the adhesive, then take a piece of dental floss and run it between the strip and the wall to loosen the grip.
green cedar holiday garland hanging from wall looking into kitchen - how to hang garland

I’ve included my favorite hanging products for your home below!

My Favorite Hanging Products for your Home

Get the scoop on my favorite products to hang wreaths, garlands, lights, and many other uses.

Command White Hooks, White, 14 hooks, 16 strips

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These heavy hooks hold 5 lbs each! Perfect for holding heavy cutting boards or holiday garlands.

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Command Hooks, Indoor Use, 7 hooks, 12 strips Clear

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These clear hooks are perfect when you really need the hook to blend in! I use them to hang my faux holiday cedar garlands.

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Command Metal Hook, 1 hook, 2 strips, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Holds 3 lbs (FC12-ORB-ES)

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These metal hooks are perfect for hanging wreaths on your door! A very full wreath will hide the hook out of sight.

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Holiday Joy - 2 Wreath Holders - World's Strongest All Purpose Giant Suction Cups - Perfect Wreath Hangers - Made in USA

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Do you have a glass door? These suction cup wreath holders are what you need! They hold up to 10 lbs and are clear, so you don't have to worry about seeing them.

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Attract Magnetic Wreath Hanger 2-Pc Set, Oil-Rubbed Bronze

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If you have a metal door - these magnet hooks hold 5-10lbs and simply stick to your door! They also come in many different finishes, so don't worry about it sticking out like a sore thumb. Works on metal doors (not wood or aluminum). You can even use two on a single-pane glass door. Just line them up on the front and back of your door. Genius!

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Command Picture Hanging Strips, Decorate Damage-Free, 14 pairs (28 strips)

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I use these heavy duty hanging strips all over the house! They hold bulletin boards and picture frames. I even use them to hang our gas fireplace remote to the side of the fireplace. It never gets lost and stays out of the way. So many uses for these things!

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Command Light Clips, Mini, Clear, 45 clips, 54 strips, Indoor Use (CL806-45NA)

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These light clips are so useful around the house. Not only can you use them to hang lights outside, but I use them along table legs to keep unsightly lamp and electronic cords out of the way and out of sight.

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For more helpful hints on decorating, see these posts:

Thanks for reading today!

xo Karen

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