Keep Your Christmas Wreaths From Rattling Against Windows With This Great Hack

It's easy enough to hang stunning Christmas wreaths on doors with an over-the-door hanger or Command hooks, but hanging wreaths on windows can be a little trickier. For one, most windows don't open from the top, so they can't accommodate an over-the-door style hook. You may consider using adhesive hooks or Command strips, but Command actually advises against this if your glass is exposed to direct sunlight or water, which a window likely will be. Besides, adhesives can leave behind a sticky residue or even damage the glass if you're not careful. Even if you find the perfect way to hang your window wreaths, they'll likely experience harsher weather conditions and higher winds than the wreath on your porch will — one of the most annoying results of which is the constant clanging and banging against the glass. Luckily, a TikTok video shared by Jessica Cole (@mrs.jessicacole) shows a smart trick for securing wreaths with fishing line. 

Instead of depending on one axis point to hold onto the wreath, Cole installs both a ribbon to hang the wreath from above and an invisible fishing line to strap it tight from below. Here's how she did it, some pros and cons of the hack, and how you can adapt the technique to work for your unique window style. 

Ribbon from above, fishing line from below

In her video, Jessica Cole opens the upper portion of her sash window and drops the wreath through to the outside. Holding onto the red ribbon, she closes the upper sash so the wreath is suspended by the ribbon. To keep it from blowing around, she opens the lower sash and ties a length of fishing line to the bottom of the wreath. Pulling the fishing line taught, she closes the lower sash and secures the end of the line with masking tape. Because the wreath is strapped tight on two ends, it moves less in the wind! Double sash windows make wreath hanging easier, but if you have single sash windows, you can use a suction cup hook to hang the wreath on the glass, then use Cole's fishing line trick to stabilize it. 

One thing to note about Cole's hack is that it won't work so well if you have screens on your windows unless you want to fuss with popping the screens out. The trick also won't stop the wreaths from rattling a bit in high winds but should keep noise to a minimum and prevent them from swinging or flipping backward. For windows that can't open at all, you could adapt this technique using suction cup wreath hooks like these from Walmart. Hang the wreath from one hook as usual, then turn the other upside down and use it to secure the bottom of the wreath against the glass.