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The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor

One question we get over and over at Oh Happy Day is, “how did you hang that?” Hanging party decorations can be tricky so we decided to share all our secrets in a big post. The two things I think about when I’m deciding how to hang party supplies is what I’m hanging and where I’m hanging it. The tools I use for a backyard are going to be much different than I would use for a dining room or a school gym. Today we’ll go through the main ways we hang installations and the pros and cons of each technique…

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

Here is a chart of the tools we use most often.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

If you’re hanging something for a bigger event with lots of people then you want to make sure its very secure and use hardware. If it’s going up in my living room I probably want something less invasive that won’t damage the walls. Here are some of the tools we use to hang things.

1. Zip Ties: These are the best if you want to secure something tightly and have places to hang it from. We use these a lot in the Oh Happy Day studio because there are a lot of pipes hanging from the ceiling so it’s easy to use them. They are very simple to secure and are good for hanging lights or something that weighs heavier than paper. When you take them down you can cut them with scissors.

2. Gaffers Tape. This stuff is magical. It can hold lightweight objects on the wall but doesn’t damage most surfaces (always test first!) Just a little bit will go very far. We use this doubled over to do most of our balloon walls.

3. Screw Hooks. This is perfect for if I’m hanging something heavy duty like lots of lights and lanterns for a wedding. If you own a space (like a backyard) and plan on hanging things frequently it’s good to just install it once and leave them in so decorating is easy.

4. Twine. Sometimes string is just what you need. We use string when we are hanging letter balloons or just want to tie some garland up.

5. 3M Hooks. These are perfect for when you want to hang something but there is nowhere to secure it. They are great because they can hold a significant amount of weight and come off easily.

6. Monofilament. This is like fishing line on steroids. Super strong and clear, perfect for hanging across a large space and very heavy duty so it isn’t as likely to break as twine.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

For attaching lights and lanterns to pipes we used zip ties. Easy on and easy to take off.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

For letter balloons we used string, threaded them through the holes on the balloons and hung removable 3M hooks on the walls to hold them up. They are so small and discreet you can’t see them.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

For this honeycomb wall we used gaffers tape rolled up in small pieces to attach it to the wall.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

These are our favorite tools and techniques to hang party decor. Once you have them on hand you can decorate easily and last-minute. What are you favorite ways to hang party decorations?

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

The Ultimate Guide on How to Hang Party Decor | Oh Happy Day!

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Photos and styling by Naomi Julia Satake, Amy Moss, and Justine Pon

  1. Jessica

    January 13, 2017

    Isn’t this post just perfect? Thank you for these tips x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  2. Michelle

    January 13, 2017

    That is so helpful for my next party, thanks for sharing!
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  3. Kari

    January 13, 2017

    What great tips!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/

  4. Maria Fernanda

    January 13, 2017

    Thank you! so helpful! just one question! When you use 3m hooks and remove them, do they damage the paint or wall?

    • If you follow the instructions, it won’t for the removable ones! I have done the hooks for wreaths, lighting, etc. during the holidays and it comes off cleanly.

      • georgine BOSAK
      • January 14, 2017

      I used the Command hooks today for a party and maybe 25% of them peeled my paint. You have to pull them off very slowly. Count to 30 as you are stretching them.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • January 18, 2017

      We haven’t had a problem with this. We follow the instructions on the packaging perfectly!

  5. agnes

    January 13, 2017

    thank you for the tips! come in handy

  6. Juli

    January 13, 2017

    Where did you get the pink garlands from or what are the called at your shop?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • January 18, 2017

      This is a brand new product that we’ll start selling in the next few weeks! Stay tuned.

  7. Emily Crutcher - Photographer

    January 15, 2017

    This so amazing! I’m seriously always struggling and this helped me with some great ideas. Thank you.

  8. Mani

    January 15, 2017

    This is the cutest post ever! Thanks for all the sweet party tips, ladies.

  9. Anne

    January 16, 2017

    This is so helpful! I’ve tried so many ways to put party decors up. Some days they work. Some days they don’t. Finally, you guys dish out your secrets. Never thought zip ties would work this way and it’s the first time I’m hearing about monofilament. This post is truly a life saver. I’m totally pinning it for future reference. Thank you so much!

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