This Viral Video Shows How to Hang Christmas Lights the Easy Way

No more wrapping in circles!

You and the fam have finally decided it’s time to put up Christmas decorations, so you grab all the bins tucked away in storage and start digging through to find those bright, sparkly LED lights you all love so much. Now don’t get me wrong. We all love decorating our Christmas trees, but circling around the tree over and over again making the lights perfect can be such a hassle.

That’s where this ingenious TikTok hack saves the day! It turns out there’s a much easier way to string up lights and without using so many at a time. Here’s how and why you should be hanging your lights vertically.

It’s All About the Vertical

When it comes to decorating with lights, we’re used to wrapping them around the tree over and over until we get from top to bottom. That can prove to be quite a task when you’re anywhere under 5’7″. But, according to this amazing TikTok video, we can put all that hard work behind us.

In the video, TikTok user @lizlovery explains that we should be hanging our Christmas lights vertically (from top to bottom) instead of horizontally (all the way around). But why is this better? According to her, not only do you use fewer lights in the process, but they’re much easier to deal with and look a lot neater. On top of all that, if you find you have a pesky row of lights that don’t seem to be working anywhere, they can be replaced with ease!


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This is the ideal hack for any kind of tree, real or fake. And if you’ve opted for the half Christmas tree this year, this technique means you’ll be able to save even more lights. If only setting up lights outside were this easy, eh? The good news is Walmart will install those pesky outdoor lights for you this year. And don’t forget to take a look at the best Christmas lights to buy.

We Love a Good Christmas Hack

One of the best parts of stringing your lights up in this manner is the fact that you can decorate your tree in sections. If you’re only going to see half of the tree, you don’t have to worry about decorating the back. Maybe you want different lights and ornaments on different sides? The process is all up to you. Just be sure all your lights are in good working order! If not, this is how to fix Christmas lights.

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Melany Love
Melany has been writing food news for Taste of Home for four years. Her knowledge of current culinary trends comes from her extensive time spent on FoodTok and scouring Instagram for any unusual food, charcuterie design or coffee shop creation. Apart from freelancing, she has worked at bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books and as a barista. She has always wanted a career in writing, and got her start at Taste of Home. When she’s not working, Melany is playing the latest video game, curled up with a book or spending time with her cats.