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This is the easiest way to hang Christmas garland without damaging your walls

Decking your halls doesn’t have to mean damaging your walls

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Sometimes, decking the halls comes with a caveat for many homeowners: hanging garland with screws and nails may damage your walls. And while stick-on hooks, putty, or wall tape are a go-to for many, these adhesives just don’t hold up heavy decorations for the entire winter season. So, today, we’re sharing a fantastic solution to hanging your Christmas garland this season from TikTok, which will protect your home while still allowing you to decorate as you like.


Here’s a Christmas decorating hack for you! Damage free garland hanging with a shower curtain rod! I had to try it for myself after seeing @Letneeutro do it! I took the shower curtain from our guest bathroom and tested this out for myself. It has held up really well! I even put my heavy Norfolk pine garlands on and it didn’t budge. This is perfect for renters and those who don’t want to put nails in their walls. And an added bonus is that you don’t get a crick in your neck or get tired arms from decorating ? I linked everything on my LTK in my bio. Now go forth and deck those halls. #deckthehalls #christmasdecorating #christmas #christmas2023 #christmasdecor #decorhack #decorhacks #christmashack #christmashacks #garland #christmasgarland #christmasgarlandhack #homedecor #damagefreedecor #rentalfriendlydecor

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Use a shower rod

@thekwendyhome on TikTok shared her solution to decorating your entryways and archways with garland without drilling any holes or hooks into the walls. The solution? Use a shower rod.

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Get a shower rod and add it in between the walls of an entry or doorway to another room. Tighten the rod at hip height to make it easier to wrap your garland and decorate without using a step stool or ladder.

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Add your garland

Once your rod is tightened at a good height to work with, you can add your garland. @thekwendyhome says, “Drape and wrap your shower rod with garland. You might need two for a fuller look.” Wrap the garland carefully so as not to jostle the rod too much. Situate your garland along the rod so it hangs evenly off both sides and covers the shower rod.

Using two or more garlands will create a full look and better hide the shower rod bar so it doesn’t detract from your design. “Remember to fluff your garland,” @thekwendyhome advises before you move on to the next step.

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Decorate your garland with lights and other accent pieces

Now, add any decorative adornments to your garland to help give it a more unique look. @thekwendyhome on TikTok added fairy lights and a few Christmas brambles and branches to her entry garland.

Here are some ideas of what to add to your garland to elevate your Christmas decor:

  • Fairy lights
  • Christmas themed branches
  • Additional decorative garlands, like tinsel garlands
  • Hang bulb ornaments
  • Natural elements like poinsettias or pine cones
  • Fake snow

Just keep in mind that you may need wire, wire cutters, or hot glue to attach these elements to your garland. In @thekwendyhome’s case, the fairy lights wrapped easily over the garland without any additional adhering, and the branches were interwoven into the garland.

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Raise the shower rod to the right position

Once your garland is decorated how you like, @thekwendyhome says, “Raise your shower rod to the desired height and tighten.” You may need a step stool or ladder to reach the height you want. Tighten the shower rod so it is secure in your entryway, and make sure no decorative items are hanging too low that somebody might bump their head on them.

Once the shower rod is in place, you’ll have a stunning garland adorning your entryway with no drills or screws necessary! The garland will be more secure than adhesives, and you can rest assured that decking your halls doesn’t also mean damaging your walls this Christmas season.

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