WE HANG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN THE NEWS!

November 19, 2014 in In The News

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There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully decorated home with dazzling lights to signal the arrival of the holidays. But, nothing can be more aggravating than that annual chore of hanging the lights, wrestling that old ladder and untangling strand after strand of lights.

Sure, a lot of folks actually look forward to taking care of the outside adornment duties themselves. But for those of us with limited handyman skills, and even less time, there’s not enough egg nog around to make decking the outside of our homes a joyful experience.

Christmas light installation may not be for everyone but if it is for you, we are your people.

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We Hang Christmas Lights was started in 1997 and  is comprised of decorators nationwide that specialize in residential and commercial Christmas light installation seasonal displays, and just about anything you can imagine related to Christmas decorations. We are always happy to give you a free, no obligation bid on any project, and if you currently use another company, we invite you to compare our products, services, and pricing with theirs. You will almost  certainly be pleasantly surprised.

DIY CHRISTMAS MARQUEE LIGHTS

November 18, 2014 in CHRISTMAS CRAFTS, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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There are a lot of things to love about the holiday season (like time with family and friends or delicious food), but one of my favorite things about Christmas is the decorations. I love the glittery silver and gold and the soft glow of candles and of course Christmas lights! Christmas Marquee lights are all the rage right now and they can have glitter and christmas lights!

Christmas Marquee Lights look amazing on a mantel and you can pull them out year after year. If you’ve wondered how to make Christmas Marquee Lights, this post is for you!

Christmas Marquee Lights Supplies:

  • 1 large wood board (50 x 24 inches)
  • 4 wood planks (2 x 1 inches)
  • wood screws
  • drill
  • indoor christmas lights
  • white acrylic paint
  • loose gold glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • chipboard letters
  • glue
  • duct tape

How to make a Christmas Marquee Lights:

  1. First you’ll want to cut your wood planks into four pieces and use them to frame the outside edge on the back side of your marquee. This will help hide the Christmas light’s wires and make the sign appear more finished when viewed from the side.
  2. Cut your planks into two pieces that are 46 inches long and another two pieces that are 24 inches long.
  3. Use the drill and wood screws to attach the planks in place, keeping the planks flush with the edge of the board.
  4. Next you’ll want to paint the front and sides of your sign with two coats of white acrylic paint.
  5. Use the same white paint to paint the side edges of your chipboard letters and allow the paint to dry.
  6. Once the letters are dry, paint the front of each letter with a coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter on the wet glue.How to make a Christmas Marquee Lights
  7. Gently turn the letter over to shake off any excess glitter and set the letter aside to dry. Don’t forget, you can do another coat of glue and glitter once the letter is dry if you missed an area. (The chipboard font that I chose didn’t have an ampersand option, so I made that letter out of glitter cardstock).
  8. Arrange your dry letters on your painted board and use a strong glue to glue the letters in place.
  9. Now it’s time to drill! Since it’s hard to mark the spots where the holes should go with a pen or marker (drawing on top of glitter doesn’t work very well), I got a box of screws and turned them upside down to mark each spot where I wanted a hole. I would suggest that this section be a two person job; one person drills the holes while another holds a shop vac hose near the hole to vacuum away the shavings as you go (my husband Todd was my helper).CHRISTMAS MARQUEE LIGHTS
  10. Once your holes are drilled, you can start to push your lights through your holes on the back side and tape each one in place with duct tape.HOW TO CHRISTMAS MARQUEE LIGHTS
  11. Plug your lights in, and watch your new Christmas marquee lights shine!

I have to say that this is probably my favorite Christmas decoration I’ve ever made. It sits right next to our tree and at night when we turn on the fireplace, it brings such a glittery glow to our living room- it really feels magical. Think of the possibilities! I’m already thinking of what word I can do next…….Hmmm… I may have another one to make in my future! In the meantime, I will relish these this Christmas season.

This is just one way to make your own Christmas light marquees!

Check out these ideas for other amazing Christmas Marquee Lights:

Want help with your Christmas Decor? We Hang Christmas Lights was started in 1997 and  is comprised of decorators nationwide that specialize in residential and commercial Christmas light installation, seasonal displays, and just about anything you can imagine related to Christmas decorations. We are always happy to give you a free, no obligation bid on any project, and if you currently use another company, we invite you to compare our products, services, and pricing with theirs. You will almost  certainly be pleasantly surprised.

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5 REASONS TO HIRE A CHRISTMAS LIGHT INSTALLER

November 15, 2014 in CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully decorated home with dazzling lights to signal the arrival of the holidays. But, nothing can be more aggravating than that annual chore of hanging the lights, wrestling that old ladder and untangling strand after strand of lights.

Sure, a lot of folks actually look forward to taking care of the outside adornment duties themselves. But for those of us with limited handyman skills, and even less time, there’s not enough egg nog around to make decking the outside of our homes a joyful experience.

Let this be the year you give yourself the gift of a Christmas light installer!

Skip all the headaches and frustration associated with Christmas lights this year. Here are five benefits that a professional Christmas light installer can provide that will make this the best holiday season yet:

1) Custom Design. A professional Christmas light installer will create a custom display that reflects your personal tastes and preferences. You can meet with a professional ahead of time to discuss specific looks and decorating ideas. In addition, they will consider your home when designing your lighting. It’s important to take into consideration your landscaping, architecture, existing electrical infrastructure, and more.

2) Professional Grade Products. A professional Christmas light installation company will use only the best professional-grade products for your holiday lighting designs. Used correctly, professional-grade products are built to withstand both the elements and years of use.

3) Professional Installation. Experienced Christmas light installers don’t put up holiday lights just once a year. They’re very well practiced and trained. They use systems and methods to install your lights quickly, efficiently, and without any hassles. Save yourself the time and effort it takes to put up your decorations in the cold, and let a professional take care of this chore for you.

4) Holiday Season Maintenance. The holiday season is exceptionally busy. You have office parties, kids’ concerts and recitals, shopping and family gatherings to attend to. When bulbs go out or an unexpected storm ruffles your decor, give your holiday design team a call and they will come fix it. A professional team will make sure your holiday lights stay looking perfect all through the season.

5) Professional Take-down and Storage. When the holidays are over and the in-laws have gone home, the last thing you want to do is deal with taking down holiday lights. Not only will a professional holiday lighting company take your lighting down for you, but they will also store them until you need it again next year. Just imagine: you won’t have to reserve storage space in your garage or basement for your exterior holiday lighting. Next year, they will be there with your decorations to put them back up for you.

Christmas Light Hanging Services:

• Free Estimate
• Front and Facia (roofline) Lighting
• Pre-lit Wreaths
• Pre-lit Garlands with Wire Wrap
• Door Trims
• Window Trims
• Tree Trunk Wraps and Canopy Lighting
• Hedge Lighting
• Walkway Lighting
• Removal in January

We take pride in offering the best in customer service. We guarantee all our work and provide the lowest rates with installers throughout the US. Don’t stress over making your event or home look incredible — Contact Us for a FREE Quote on Christmas Light Hanging!!

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CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS FOR YOUR PORCH

November 6, 2014 in CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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It’s that time of the year again to start welcoming your guests into your holiday home. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you simply cannot forget your front porch. Because the front porch is the first thing that your guests will see, you want to make sure that it offers a festive touch with these Christmas decorating ideas.

There are numerous Christmas decorating ideas for your porch to spread a festive atmosphere and holiday joy all around. Porch decorations usually include garlands, staircases, wreaths and any other suitable items for the place around your homestead. Even if you’re living in a narrow place where you don’t have much of a porch, you can create a bright look on your doorway with the simplest homemade ornaments.

We have collected some beautiful and festive ways that you can add a little holiday cheer to your porch. Our Christmas decorating ideas range from traditional to modern. Using Christmas wreaths, lights, and garlands, you’ll have the prettiest house on the block.

Here are some creative Christmas decoration ideas to help you get inspired:

Whether you prefer the traditional lighted garland or you want your porch to be completely unique, you are sure to find the perfect decorating style with these Christmas decorating ideas.

Add fun and festive flair to your front porch with our Christmas decorating ideas!

If you want help with your front porch decorations, contact We Hang Christmas Lights. We Hang Christmas Lights was started in 1997 and  is comprised of decorators nationwide that specialize in residential and commercial Christmas light installation, seasonal displays, and just about anything you can imagine related to Christmas decorations. We are always happy to give you a free, no obligation bid on any project, and if you currently use another company, we invite you to compare our products, services, and pricing with theirs. You will almost  certainly be pleasantly surprised.

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Ways to Make Christmas Magical for Kids

November 1, 2014 in KIDS CORNER

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It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized all of the unseen things that my mom did to make Christmas magical for kids. Magically decorations would appear, Nat King Cole would start singing about chestnuts roasting, and the Christmas Elf would frequently leave treats on our doorstep following a jingling of bells. Years later I learned that my mom often would pull all nighters Christmas Eve filling the stockings and wrapping all of the gifts for the kids and bazillion grandkids. Which explains why mid-afternoon on Christmas day we would find her passed out on the floor of her room for a power nap.

There are so many ways to make Christmas magical for kids. I feel like a kid again myself when I see the sparkle in my girls eyes.

Here are some ways to Make Christmas Magical for Kids this year:

Magic Reindeer Food

This Magic Reindeer Food is meant to be sprinkled over the lawn on Christmas Eve for the reindeer to eat. I’m going to these with my neighbor gifts as a little something extra special to make their Christmas magic. I bought a huge tube of glitter for the mix but I found out it can really hurt birds if they eat it. Click here to directions.

 

Santa’s Footprints

Leave Santa’s footprints behind like The Party Artisan.  I mean really, what could be more magical?  Such an utterly adorable idea!

 

Elf on the Shelf

Start the Elf on the Shelf Tradition-  This is one tradition we haven’t started yet, but I think we are really missing out.  The whole family has fun with this one, and it is oh so magical for the kids!  I am sure you have seen many amazing elf ideas floating around; here is a great collection featuring 30 of the best from MSN Living.

 

A Christmas Eve Box

Put together a Christmas Eve Box for kids to open- include new pj’s, a holiday book to read before bed, reindeer food to sprinkle in the yard, Santa’s magic key…. lots of other ideas of things to include here, too! Such a fun family tradition!

 

A Special Christmas Breakfast

It does not take much to make a morning festive. We usually have a big breakfast Christmas morning, these adorable Christmas pancakes will be perfect for the kiddos.

 

Ornament from Santa

A new tradition I started a couple years ago and the kids love is leaving a new ornament on the tree from Santa. I like to get one with the year on it so we know that Santa gave it to us that year.


Personalized Santa Video for the Kids

Your loved ones will be over the moon with a free personalized Santa video. Portable North Pole is back, and the app that allows little ones to get a personalized video message from Santa. Click here to find how to get your personalized Santa video.

 

What tradition do you plan to start this year?

Easy Halloween Treat Ideas

October 24, 2014 in HALLOWEEN

I am going to a Halloween Party and was in search of the perfect treat to take so I decided to share the best of what I found with you. Your little goblins will love assembling — and eating — these spooky easy Halloween treats. From chocolate-dipped owl pretzels and candy corn push-up pops to jack-o’-lantern cookies and peanut butter (eye)balls, we have the best treats (and savory snacks!) to make your Halloween party a spooky success.

Try one or all of these easy halloween treat ideas:

Whether you’re throwing the perfect party or looking for fun treats kids can make, these easy Halloween treat ideas will make everyone falling under their spell.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE DEBATE: Real VS Fake Christmas Tree

October 15, 2014 in CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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The Real VS Fake Christmas Tree debate replays itself year after year. If opting for a fresh Christmas tree over a fake one is a no-brainer in your mind, you’re at odds with a majority of the public: Approximately 60 percent of Americans set up fake trees for the holidays, according to a 2004 poll by ABC News and The Washington Post. But—popularity aside—which is the healthier, more eco friendly choice?

real vs fake Christmas treeThe Pros & Cons of Fresh Christmas Trees

Pros: Christmas trees are recycled into mulch and used in landscaping and gardening or chipped and used for playground material, hiking trails, paths and walkways. They can be used for beachfront erosion prevention, lake and river shoreline stabilization and fish and wildlife habitat.

Cons: Those real trees have real pest problems, and are usually grown with pesticides that are toxic to wildlife and, in some cases, to people. The most commonly used pesticide is Roundup, which is toxic to some birds and fish and was recently discovered to be toxic to human cells due to all the inert ingredients used. The Environmental Protection Agency has banned indoor use of some of the pesticides used on Christmas trees, such as chlorpyrifos and malathion, which damage human nervous systems.

fake Christmas treeThe Pros and Cons of Fake Christmas Trees

Pros: Given the current economic climate, artificial trees may be especially appealing for their investment value when compared with the recurrent, annual expense of a real Christmas tree. Their convenience is also appealing to consumers as they don’t need watering, don’t leave pine needles all over the floor and transportation from tree farm to home isn’t an issue.

Cons: Today’s artificial trees are typically manufactured with metal and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a non-biodegradable, petroleum-derived plastic. In addition, many older varieties may contain lead, used as a stabilizer in the manufacturing process. Despite their PVC contents, artificial trees are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable, meaning they will sit in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Potted_Xmas_TreesAn Even Better Option – Potted Christmas Trees

Go one step further than the real vs fake Christmas tree debate and consider a living, potted tree this Christmas. Though not feasible for everybody due to climate and land availability, living trees are brought into the home for about 10 days, then replanted after Christmas. If you don’t have the land for replanting, your local parks department will likely accept your tree for planting after the holidays.

Christmas season is upon us so it’s time to dig around in the attic, the garage, and the basement for all that stored tinsel, and start decorating your tree. Where do you stand in the Real VS Fake Christmas Tree Debate?

HOW TO MAKE LIGHTED CHRISTMAS BALLS

October 11, 2014 in CHRISTMAS CRAFTS, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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Want help with your Christmas Decor? We Hang Christmas Lights was started in 1997 and  is comprised of decorators nationwide that specialize in residential and commercial Christmas light installation, seasonal displays, and just about anything you can imagine related to Christmas decorations. We are always happy to give you a free, no obligation bid on any project, and if you currently use another company, we invite you to compare our products, services, and pricing with theirs. You will almost  certainly be pleasantly surprised.

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HOW TO MAKE LIGHTED CHRISTMAS BALLS

Looking for unique outdoor Christmas light ideas?  Make your own homemade Lighted Christmas Balls!  They’re stunning, you’ll have unique, one-of-a-kind decorations in the yard this year, and your neighbours will be in awe! Lighted Christmas Balls made with chicken wire are a unique and festive decoration in any yard. Christmas light balls are extremely popular outdoor Christmas decorations that are unique in appearance. Many times found in holiday light shows, botanical gardens, and other elegant displays, Lighted Christmas Balls are actually easy to make with just a few supplies.

Required Materials:

Chicken Wire
Small Wire Cutters
Measuring Tape
Gloves
Mini Lights

Steps to Make Big Christmas Light Balls:

  1. Roll out the chicken wire and measure out the dimensions. To create a spherical shape, the chicken wire must be twice as long as it is wide. We are creating a 2′ Christmas light ball, so our chicken wire was 2′ x 4′.
  2. Cut the chicken wire at the measured area. Because chicken wire can be sharp and hard to handle, gloves come in handy when manipulating the wiring.
  3. Once the chicken wire is cut, place the two cut sides together and connect by twisting the wires around each other.
  4. As you can see in this picture, we created a bond by twisting the wire.
  5. Now you’ll have a funnel of chicken wire. This is where the shaping process begin.
  6. Begin pushing the funnel’s sides together and twisting the wire together. Pleating as one would cloth, or folding the circle into each other, begins to create the round shape. Snip the wire with the wire cutters and twist it together to make sure it will hold.
  7. Continue to sculpt the chicken wire to make it as round as possible. Pushing in the curves and pulling on the ends helps to create a more spherical shape.
  8. Once the ball is completely circular, it’s time to wrap with lights. Take your first string and wrap so that the male plug is exposed. This allows for the chicken wire ball to be plugged in and to power it.
  9. Wrap the lights around the ball, in and out of the wire, to secure it. When one string has gone as far as it can go, plug the next string in to create end-to-end runs. For this 2′ ball, we used 3 LED light strings. Once the lights are fully wrapped around the chicken wire ball, it’s ready to be plugged in.
  10. The green Christmas light ball is 2′, while the blue Christmas light ball is 4′. Create more with other color LED lights in several different sizes to create an entire garden of Lighted Christmas Balls.

Then just sit back and enjoy. These Lighted Christmas Balls are amazing when lit together.

Video On How to Make Big Christmas Light Balls: