How to Hang Christmas Garland Around the Front Door

Evergreen garlands are a classic way to deck out your entryway for Christmas. They're simple to hang and provide a festive welcome throughout the entire holiday season and even into the new year. Use real or artificial greenery depending on your climate and what is locally available.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed

  • hammer and large nails (or outdoor-rated adhesive hanging hooks)
  • fresh or artificial garland large enough to hang around doorframe's top and sides
  • faux evergreen pipe cleaners
  • twinkle lights (optional)
  • step ladder

Gather Supplies and Secure Hangers

Purchase or make your own garland, then assemble all materials on your front porch (Image 1). Hold garland over the doorframe to do a “dry fitting” before securing hangers. Trim garland to size with scissors or wire cutters if necessary. Hammer in a large nail at the top corner of the doorframe on the left and right sides (Image 2). Tap one more nail above the doorframe's top center to prevent garland from drooping over the door, possibly getting caught or impeding function. Or, for a damage-free solution, opt for outdoor-rated removable hooks, instead.

Add Lights or Decorations and Hang

If desired, wrap garland in battery-operated string lights (or ones that plug in if an outlet is available). This would also be the time to add any desired embellishment like ribbons, floral picks, ornaments or pinecones. Starting on one corner, drape garland over the nail, making sure garland is hanging to desired length on that side. Secure in place with an evergreen pipe cleaner or florist wire. Wrap the pipe cleaner or wire around the nail and garland multiple times to ensure it will hold up to the elements and your family's comings and goings. Repeat on the other corner. Finally, secure garland to center nail in the same manner. Safety Tip: Make sure any lights you use are UL-rated for outdoor use.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Step Back and Admire Your Handiwork

Seriously, that's it! Turn on the lights and admire your festive entry! Position planters at the bottom of the garland on each side to hide electrical wires, if desired.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Deck Out Other Outdoor Areas

This same process can be repeated around windows to coordinate with the front door. In cooler climates, fresh greenery will last for several weeks outside, or opt for faux greenery, instead, that can be reused year after year.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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