Screw hooks, ribbon, or fishing line all work when the goal is to deck the halls in a damage-free way.
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Few things evoke the holiday spirit like a festive wreath on an outside window. "It's like an invitation to come in and enjoy the warmth inside," says Hannah Stevenson of Lily & Thistle. "Wreaths add beautiful color and texture to your décor and really make a unique statement."

However, with hard-to-reach casements and outdoor elements like wind, rain, and snow, to worry about, securely hanging a wreath on an exterior window takes a little planning. "There are some types of windows that make it a little trickier to hang wreaths, especially on upper levels," explains Kierste Wade of Old Salt Farm. "If you're not able to access the front of your window from the inside, you may have to get a tall ladder to reach them." If you plan to hang wreaths on the exterior windows of your home, here are the best materials to use, as well as styling advice from our experts.

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Have the right materials handy.

The right materials can make or break how well your wreath hangs on an outside window. "My favorite method is just using a long piece of ribbon," Wade explains. Other methods include using fishing line, outdoor Command Hooks ($10,, magnetic hooks ($13.95,, or window suction cups with hooks ($11, Wade also recommends adding any additional décor accents you'd like to use, such as bows or LED lights, to the wreath prior to hanging. "This way, you'll have less to worry about when you're securing the wreath to the window," she says.

Hang a wreath on an exterior window using screw hooks.

For a goof-proof way to hang wreaths on an exterior window, Stevenson says to grab a couple of simple screw hooks. "Screw hooks are a great tool and can be screwed in above each of the windows," she explains. "You just open up the bottom sash of the window, take off the screen and reach up to hang your wreath." Stevenson also recommends picking hooks with a finish that complement your home's exterior palette, such as Command Outdoor Metal Hook ($12.99, so you can leave them in year-round. "We just leave our hooks in because they match the trim, which makes it very easy to hang wreaths year after year," she says.

Hang a wreath on an exterior window using ribbon.

For a more festive outdoor look, Wade says to consider hanging a wreath on an exterior window with a ribbon. "Loop a long piece of ribbon through the top of your wreath, you can hot glue it into place if you feel you need more security, and tilt your window open from the inside (removing the screen if necessary)," she says. "Place your wreath on the front of the window, and tie a knot in the ribbon at the top of the window for added security." Once you've positioned your wreath where you want it to hang, Wade says to close the window so it holds the top of the ribbon. "I've found this method to be the easiest to do," she adds. Just be sure to remind family members that windows should not be opened from the top throughout the holiday season.

Use both ribbon and a screw hook to hang a wreath for added security.

If you love the idea of hanging a wreath from a ribbon ($28.99, on your exterior window but are worried about it withstanding the outdoor elements, Stevenson suggests adding a hook to secure your display. "Center a screw hook into the siding right above your window," she says. "Decide how far down you'd like your wreath to sit on your window, and cut a piece of ribbon—I like the velveteen plastic ribbon that comes in big rolls—so that it's long enough to loop through your wreath and hang where you want it." Lastly, Stevenson says to tie a knot at the top of the ribbon and then hang your wreath from the screw hook.

Use fishing line for safe measure.

A little fishing line goes a long way when securing a wreath to an outdoor window. "Fishline is great because you really can't see it, and it's very helpful to keep your wreath from scraping your windows on windy days," Stevenson explains. To ensure your wreath stays secure on an exterior window, Stevenson recommends that after you have installed one screw hook into the siding on the top of your window, add a second screw hook in the siding right below your window, and then tie the fishing line ($6.99, from the bottom of the wreath to the lower hook. "Make sure that the fishline is tight," she says. "This will help keep your wreath in place."


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