Come December, that lovely farmhouse in the field suddenly bursts with holiday wreaths on every window. How did the homeowners get them up there? How do they stay?
There are tools for that.
Or what about the 3-foot wide Christmas wreaths that seems to be suspended in mid-air over a fireplace or a garage door? Tools and materials get that done, too.
First Things, First
Fasten a hanging loop made from floral wire on the wreath itself. A small loop of wire on the back of the wreath gives the many nails, hooks and hangers available for hanging wreaths an easy place to attach. Homeowners can also loop a ribbon or fishing wire down through the center of the wreath, depending on the look they’re going for.
Fasten the wire by threading it through the frame of a wire wreath and twisting both ends. Foam and wooden wreath forms require a pre-made loop hot glued on. Make sure the loop is short enough so none of it can be seen above the wreath’s edge.
Hanging Wreaths on Outside Windows
The double magnetic window hanger proves a stable resting place for winter wreaths. One disk on the outside and one inside attracts through the glass and holds wreaths up to 8 pounds (up to 10 pounds if you buy the “premium” magnetic wreath hanger). Once the wreath is hung, consider using suction cup hooks to stabilize it further, adding tension on the wreath’s opposite sides. Of course, if a gale is on its way, wreaths will need to be taken down and stored until the sun shines again. Find these magnetic wreath hangers online and in home goods stores.
Big Wreath on the Garage Door
As these wreaths tend to weigh over 10 pounds, magnetic and even adhesives won’t do the trick. Nails and fishing line will.
Fishing line manufacturers have worked hard to make their product as invisible to fish as possible. A “monofilament” line hanging from a nail or staple in your garage frame to the wreath should fool all but the closest neighbors. Painting the hanging nail the same color as the garage door hides the arrangement further. Don’t underestimate that fishing line even though it’s thin and invisible. Just make sure to get 25-pound test line.
Most garage door frames have one piece of wood flush to the outside wall. Nailing a nail into it at a 45° angle will hold the fishing line reliably. Loop the line down around the wreath hanger. The wreath will hang a bit in front of the garage door rather than against it.
In this case, don’t run fishing line or ribbon through the center of the wreath and up to the nail. Without a flush surface to rest against, the wreath will turn and appear out of balance.
Wreath on a Front, Wooden Door, a Wall or Above the Fireplace
Avoid holes in your doors and walls with an inexpensive (@$3.50) solution. The largest Command™ Adhesive wall hooks and picture fasteners by 3M hold up to 5 pounds. The special adhesive won’t damage wood, paint or wallpaper. They’ve even created decorative faux metal hooks designed to be seen.
If your wreath weighs more than 5 pounds, however, only nails and fishing line or a decorative ribbon will keep the wreath in place. Hide the nail hole by nailing it into the top edge of a door, mirror frame or fireplace molding. Loop fishing wire from the nail to the wreath hanger and back up again. Tie in a clinch knot or another appropriate fly fishing knot.
Fresh Wreath on a Mirror
Suction cups or Command™ Adhesive wall hooks can hold a lightweight wreath, particularly if you use several to distribute the weight. Wreath too heavy? Use the double magnetic window hanger described above if the other side of the mirror is easily accessible.
A mirror can hold a heavy wreath (over 5 pounds) in two cases. If it has a frame and the top of its frame is accessible enough to pound a nail or thumbtacks into. Of course you can always take the mirror down to get the nail in and put both back up together. Loop the fishing wire or ribbon through the wreath hanger at the back of the wreath. Wind around the nail or tacks and tie with a clinch or other fly fishing knot. If the mirror has no frame, decorators can hang the ribbon’s loose ends over the back and secure with duct tape.
When nails or ribbons seem insufficient, you can resort to a metal or plastic wreath hanger. Find these anywhere from a $1 at The Dollar Store to $20.00 at high end home decor catalog like Front Gate. Where the less expensive ones are plastic or cheap metal, Front Gate’s wreath hanger has a baroque gold scroll pattern. If you want to draw attention to the wreath itself, however, a simple wreath hanger serves just fine.
Depending on the size and shape of the wreath, metal wreath hangers do not always hook into on inner edge of the wreath. The wreath may hang better if the wreath end of the hanger goes through the wire loop affixed to the wreath form.
Good luck with your wreath hanging adventures this season! A few pointers and the right tools make any home look professionally decorated.