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Front Doors and Garage Doors

Difficulty: Easy

Time Needed: 15-20 Minutes

Recommended Lights: Mini Lights, C7, Garland

Decorate Doors with Christmas Lights

Outlining doors with Christmas lights is a great way to add more lights onto the house without breaking the budget or climbing high on a ladder. Front doors as well as garage doors can be outlined in mini lights, C9 stringers, or C7 stringers.

Decorating with Mini Lights

  1. Start with the male connector closest to the power supply and keep it off of the ground. Start at Power
  2. Attach the lights to the outside of the door by either stapling or hot-gluing the lights to the frame. Attach to Frame
  3. Keep the lights in a straight line parallel to the trim of the door. Here the lights were centered on the trim. Mini Lights on Door
  4. The excess mini lights can be bundled up and wrapped in electrical tape or can be doubled up along the side of the door. Do not cut mini lights! Wrap Excess Lights
  5. The extra lights can also be doubled-up. Don't worry about the direction the mini lights are pointing. Front Door Outlined in Mini Lights

Decorating with C7 or C9 Stringers

  1. Find the center of the door frame and start with one bulb at the center. This will ensure the lights along the sides of the door are on the same plane as each other. Start at Center
  2. Attach the lights to the outside of the door by either stapling or hot-gluing each socket to the frame. The lights should be facing outwards and not towards they entrance. Attach to Door Frame
  3. Keep the same spacing around the corners. Follow the Corners
  4. Terminate the stringer by cutting the excess lights off. Cut the Cord
  5. Place a male connector near the power supply and plug the lights in. Add Male Connector
  6. All the lights should be straight and parallel with the door frame. Add Male Connector

Decorating with Garland

  1. Hardware must be installed to secure the garland to the door frame. Screw eyes work best. The hardware should be installed at the top-center of the frame, the four corners, and halfway down the sides of the door frame. Screw Eyes on Door Frame
  2. Drill starter holes into the frame to prevent cracking and for an easier start. Drill Starter Holes
  3. Sink the screw eyes into the wood. Drill Starter Holes
  4. Start hanging garland from the center screw eye and work towards the power source. Start at Center
  5. Attach the garland to the screw eyes with cable ties or string. Attach with Cable Ties
  6. Excess garland can be doubled up or extend to the sides. Attach with Cable Ties