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How To Hang Christmas Wreaths from Vinyl Windows

How do you hang Christmas wreaths from vinyl windows?

That is a question my wife posed to me as soon as we moved into our new house. Our previous home had wood siding, trim and window sashes so putting a small nail up to hold the wreaths was easy.

Putting a nail into the vinyl window, trim or siding is really out of the question for me. That would leave a permanent defect in the vinyl that would end up causing moisture and thermal problems. So I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to come up with something that not only would work well but something easy and attractive.

Hanging Wreaths From Windows

What I came up with was tying a piece of ribbon (originally i tried fish line, but that was difficult to work with) to the wreath, running over the top window sash into the house, and tying an ornament hook to the end so it couldn’t pull through the window sash (see photo below). By using the ribbon or fish line, it’s thin enough so that you can still close the window properly and keep out the cold weather.

We’ve been putting up the Christmas Wreaths this way for several years now and it’s a 5 minute job!! Last year we packed up the wreaths with the ribbon still attached to them. I just opened the windows from inside the house, put the wreath out the window and closed the sash while I held the ribbon. Done deal!!!

While I was coming up with ideas for hanging wreaths from vinyl windows I came across an interesting site, Vinyl Siding Hook Products, which sells metal hooks that can be attached to vinyl siding. The hooks allow you to hang decorations, planters and other things without putting nails in the vinyl. Their product wouldn’t work for this application very well but I still thought their product could be quite useful for homes with vinyl siding.

You can also buy a similar product from Amazon called the CHRISTMAS MOUNTAINS MFG INC VSH06 VINYL SIDING HOOK WITH ADJUSTABLE “S”

Avoid Magnetic Wreath Holders for Insulated Windows

I would avoid buying a magnetic wreath holder if you have insulated double or triple pane windows. The magnetic holders only work on single pane glass like storm doors and windows.

If you’re looking for a way to hang wreaths from doors then I recommend you buy: Brass Wreath Hanger

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  • How would you hang pre-lite Xmass wreaths from vinyl windows,I have the ribbon sash lowered enough to have the 6inch wire from wresth to come in the lower window under the screen but the inside extension cord plug wont let me close and lock the window.

  • How do you hang prelite wreaths from the vinyl wreahs?.I have the ribbon sash to lower the lite wreath enough to the middle of the windows so the 6inch cord from wreath come up under the screen to attach to the inside extension cord,but i cant lock or close bottom window because of plug

  • @ Gale - I think your only option is to power them from outside so that you can get your windows closed properly.

  • I came up with an almost identical idea years ago when faced with the same task of hanging wreaths in our vinyl windows. I used fishing line tied to the wreath and a button tied to the other end. I just lower the top window, slide the wreath out while holding on to the button, then close the window on the line. The button keeps the line from sliding through. It's worked great now for about 15 years!

  • Hello There....i've been to quite a few sites and me and my husband just had a big explosion because we built a house 3 years ago and the last 2 years we have not been able to hang these wreaths on our window....he SO NOT Mr. Fix it AT ALL!! last year we bought $75 worth of magnets, only to find out that the windows were double pain...this year i decided to use the green thin wire and not we can't figure out how to open the top of the window...we can open the bottom but not the top....are we doing something wrong...there's this windy thing on the part that locks the window but...oh it just seems USELESS!! can you please help if you can...i would so appreciate it!! Thank You!

  • Nice idea. I've always opted to hang the wreaths on the front door, but now that I have a storm door I might have to go the window route.

  • Autumnleavves, Unfortunately you have single hung windows where only the lower sash moves. If you can some how thread the ribbon down from the top of the lower sash and then secure it to the interior sill when the window is closed you may be able to hold the wreath just below the sash line. Good luck, T

  • If the wreath has a wire base, you can also hang it from 1 or 2 heavy duty suction cups stuck to the outside of the window & hooked through the back of the wreath. Very simple. I've done this and it works fine.

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