How to Hang Garland Above Kitchen Cabinets: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

Last updated on November 11, 2023

Discover the simple yet elegant way to elevate your kitchen’s festive spirit by learning how to hang garland above your kitchen cabinets.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home. If you’re looking for a festive touch that won’t take up too much space, hanging garland above your kitchen cabinets is a great option.

Not only does it add some holiday cheer to your kitchen, but it also creates a cozy atmosphere for cooking and entertaining. In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to hang garland above kitchen cabinets like a pro! So grab some hot cocoa and let’s get started!

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Choosing the Right Garland

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When it comes to choosing the right garland for your kitchen cabinets, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to choose a garland that fits with the overall style of your kitchen.

If you have a modern or minimalist kitchen, opt for simple greenery like eucalyptus or boxwood. For more traditional kitchens, go for classic evergreen garlands with pinecones and berries.

Another important factor is durability – since your garland will be exposed to heat and moisture in the kitchen environment, make sure it’s made from sturdy materials that can withstand these conditions without wilting or shedding too much.

Lastly, think about color scheme – do you want something neutral that blends in seamlessly with your existing decor? Or would you prefer something bold and eye-catching? Whatever type of garland you choose should complement rather than clash with other elements in the room.

Measuring Your Cabinet Space

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This will help you determine how much garland you need and what size of hooks or hangers are required. To get started, grab a measuring tape and measure the length of your cabinet tops from end to end.

It’s important to note that not all kitchen cabinets are created equal, so be sure to take accurate measurements for each individual cabinet if they differ in size or shape. Once you have measured the length of each cabinet top, add up these measurements together for an overall total.

This measurement will give you an idea of how much garland is needed for your project. It’s always better to purchase more than less as it can be trimmed down later on if necessary.

Measuring Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Before you start, make sure to clean the top of your cabinets thoroughly. Use a tape measure to determine the length and width of each cabinet surface where you plan on hanging garland.

It’s important to take accurate measurements so that you can purchase enough garland for your project. If possible, it’s best to buy one long strand of garland rather than multiple shorter pieces as this will create a more cohesive look.

Once you have measured all surfaces where you want to hang the garlands, add up all lengths together and then add an extra foot or two just in case there are any miscalculations or if some adjustments need making during installation.

Gathering Necessary Tools

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Wooden ladder household tool. Step ladder for domestic and construction needs. Isolated vector illustration.

This will ensure that the process goes smoothly and efficiently. You’ll need a ladder or step stool, measuring tape, hooks or hangers (depending on your preference), adhesive strips if using hooks without damaging surfaces is important to you, floral wire for securing garland ends and decorations in place as well as scissors for trimming excess length.

Make sure that all of these items are within reach before starting so that you don’t have to stop midway through the project.

Clean the Cabinet Surface

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This will ensure that the hooks or adhesive strips stick properly and prevent any damage to your cabinets when you remove them later. Start by wiping down the top of each cabinet with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any dust, dirt, or grease buildup.

For stubborn stains or grime, use a mild cleaning solution such as dish soap mixed with warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage wood finishes and paint.

Once you’ve cleaned the surface thoroughly, dry it off completely before attaching hooks or adhesive strips for hanging garland.

Selecting Proper Hooks or Hangers

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The type of hook or hanger you choose will depend on several factors, including the weight of your garland and whether you want a permanent or temporary solution.

For lightweight garlands that won’t damage your cabinets, adhesive strips are an excellent option. These strips come in various sizes and strengths and can be easily removed without leaving any residue behind.

If you prefer a more secure option for heavier garlands, consider using removable hooks that attach directly to the cabinet surface. These hooks come in different shapes and sizes but make sure they are suitable for use on wood surfaces.

Another popular choice is command hooks which offer both strength and versatility while being easy to remove without causing damage to surfaces when used correctly.

Attaching Hooks or Adhesive Strips

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One of these tools is hooks or adhesive strips that will hold up your garland securely. There are various types of hooks available in hardware stores, including suction cups, magnetic hooks, and adhesive-backed plastic clips.

Before attaching any hook or strip to your cabinets’ surface, make sure they are clean and dry. Wipe them down with a damp cloth if needed before proceeding with installation.

When using adhesive strips for hanging garlands above kitchen cabinets, ensure that they can support the weight of both the garland and any additional decorations you plan on adding without damaging either item.

If opting for traditional metal hooks instead of adhesives strips; select ones designed specifically for use on cabinetry surfaces as this will prevent damage from occurring when removing them after use.

Using Command Hooks

They come in various sizes and styles, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your needs. To use command hooks, start by cleaning the surface of your cabinet with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Then, remove the backing from the adhesive strip on one side of the hook and press it firmly onto your cabinet’s surface.

Next, attach another adhesive strip to the other side of your command hook before removing its protective layer as well. Hang up your garland by draping it over each hook until you’ve achieved desired fullness.

One advantage of using command hooks is that they can be easily removed without damaging surfaces when done correctly – just pull down on them gently at an angle rather than straight outwards! This makes them ideal if you’re renting or don’t want to leave any permanent marks behind after taking down decorations.

Opt for Weather-Resistant Hooks

Weather-Resistant Metal Hook

What about weather-resistant hooks? If your kitchen is near a window or if there’s a chance that moisture could get into your home, then using weather-resistant hooks is essential.

Weather-resistant hooks are designed for outdoor use and can withstand rain, snow, and other harsh elements. They’re made from materials like stainless steel or plastic which won’t rust over time.

These types of hooks also have adhesive backings that stick well even in damp conditions.

Using weather-resistant hooks will ensure that your garland stays securely in place throughout the holiday season without any damage caused by moisture exposure. Plus, they’ll be easy to remove when it’s time to take down decorations after New Year’s Day.

Preventing Damage to Cabinets

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The last thing you want is for your festive decorations to leave unsightly marks or scratches on your cabinets. To avoid this, make sure that the surface of the cabinet is clean and dry before attaching any hooks or adhesive strips.

It’s also essential that you choose hooks or hangers that are appropriate for the weight of your garland. If they’re too heavy, they could pull down on the cabinet and cause damage over time.

Another way to protect against potential harm is by using weather-resistant hooks if you plan on hanging outdoor garlands inside a window frame above kitchen cabinets. These types of hooks can withstand moisture and temperature changes without damaging surfaces.

Prepping the Garland

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This will ensure that the garland looks its best and stays in place throughout the holiday season. Start by fluffing out any branches or foliage that may have become flattened during storage.

Gently pull each branch away from the center of the garland to create a fuller look.

If you’re using a pre-lit garland, make sure all of the lights are working correctly before hanging it up. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and test them again before proceeding.

For added fullness, consider adding additional greenery or decorations such as pinecones or berries to your existing garlands with floral wire.

Draping the Garland

Draping the Garland Kitchen Cabinet

Start by holding one end of the garland at the corner of your cabinet and draping it across to the other side. Make sure that you leave enough slack in the middle so that there is a nice curve in the center.

If you’re using multiple strands of garland, be sure to overlap them slightly as you drape them over each section of cabinetry. This will help create a seamless look throughout.

As you work on draping, step back every once in a while to check for any gaps or unevenness. Adjust as needed until everything looks even and balanced.

Remember not to pull too tightly when securing both ends; this can cause damage or scratches on your cabinets’ surface if done incorrectly.

Securing Garland Ends

This will ensure that your garland stays in place and doesn’t fall down unexpectedly. There are several ways to do this, depending on the type of garland you’re using and how heavy it is.

One option is to use floral wire or twist ties to secure each end of the garland directly onto a cabinet handle or knob. This method works well for lightweight or shorter pieces of garland.

Another option is to use ribbon tied into bows at each end of the garland and then attach them with adhesive hooks placed above each cabinet door frame. The ribbon adds a decorative touch while also securing your Garland in place.

For heavier pieces of Garland, consider using decorative Garland ties made from sturdy materials like metal or plastic that can be screwed into place on top surfaces near where they hang over cabinets’ edges.

Rely On Floral Wire

This thin and flexible wire is perfect for attaching the garland to hooks or hangers without damaging your cabinets. To use floral wire, simply wrap it around the base of the garland and twist it tightly together.

Once you have secured one end of the garland with floral wire, drape it over your kitchen cabinets as desired. Then use another piece of floral wire to attach the other end of the garland securely in place.

Floral wires come in different gauges (thicknesses), so make sure that you choose a gauge that can support both your chosen type and length of Garland before purchasing them from any craft store near you.

Use Ribbon to Secure Garland

Ribbon to Secure Garland

Not only does it add an extra touch of charm, but it’s also easy to work with and won’t damage your cabinets.

To use ribbon to secure your garland, start by measuring the length of ribbon you’ll need. Cut the ribbon into pieces that are long enough to wrap around the cabinet and tie in a bow.

Next, drape your garland over the top of your cabinets as desired. Take one end of the garland and wrap it around one side of the cabinet so that it hangs down slightly in front.

Then take a piece of ribbon and tie it tightly around both sides at this point where they meet on top.

Repeat this process every few feet along each side until all sections are secured with ribbons tied neatly into bows or knots depending on preference.

Use Decorative Garland Ties

These ties come in various colors, patterns, and textures that can complement any holiday decor theme. You can use them to secure the ends of your garland or even tie bows along its length for added visual interest.

To use decorative garland ties, simply wrap them around the desired section of the garland and tie a knot or bow. You may need to adjust their placement until you achieve your desired look.

When selecting decorative ties for your kitchen cabinet garlands, consider using materials such as burlap ribbon for rustic charm or metallic ribbons for an elegant touch. You could opt for patterned ribbons with festive designs like snowflakes or holly leaves.

Adding Festive Decorations

Balancing Design Elements Chrismas Decor Kitchen Cabinets

This is where you can get creative and really make your garland stand out! You can use ornaments, bows, pine cones or any other holiday-themed decoration that matches your style. Just be sure not to overload the garland with too many decorations as this may cause it to sag or fall off.

One great way to add a pop of color is by using ribbon. Simply tie small bows along the length of the garland for an elegant touch.

If you’re feeling crafty, try making your own DIY ornaments using materials like felt or paper mache.

Another fun idea is incorporating lights into your design for a warm and cozy ambiance in the kitchen during those dark winter evenings. Battery-operated LED lights are perfect for this purpose as they don’t require any electrical outlets nearby.

Remember that less is often more when it comes to decorating with garlands above kitchen cabinets; so choose just a few key pieces that will complement each other well without overwhelming space.

Incorporating Lights and Accessories

traditional red-and-green Christmas decor kitchen cabinets

Adding string lights or battery-operated LED lights will create a warm, cozy ambiance in your kitchen. You can also incorporate ornaments, bows, pinecones, or other festive decorations that match the theme of your kitchen decor.

When adding accessories to your garland above kitchen cabinets, be mindful of their weight and size. Heavy items may cause damage to both the cabinet surface and the garland itself if not secured properly.

To attach lightweight decorations like ornaments or bows securely on top of a pre-existing strand of greenery use floral wire instead of glue as it is less likely to damage surfaces when removed later on.

Remember that less is more when it comes to decorating with garlands above cabinets; too many embellishments could make them look cluttered rather than elegant.

Adjusting Length and Fullness

Holiday Greenery Kitchen Cabinet Christmas Decor

You want to make sure that the garland is evenly distributed and doesn’t look too sparse or too crowded in certain areas.

To adjust the length of your garland, simply pull on one end until it reaches your desired length. If you need to shorten it, use a pair of scissors or wire cutters to trim off any excess.

To add fullness, try weaving additional greenery into the existing strands. This will give your garland a more natural look while also making it appear fuller.

Another way to add volume is by using ribbon or string lights as filler material between branches. Simply weave them through gaps in the greenery until you achieve your desired level of fullness.

Remember not to overcrowd with decorations as this can cause damage and may even lead some parts falling off due weight overload.

Maintaining Your Garland

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To keep your garland looking fresh and vibrant, follow these simple tips:

1. Keep it away from direct sunlight: Direct sunlight can cause the colors in your garland to fade quickly.

2. Avoid moisture: Moisture can cause mold or mildew to grow on your garland, so be sure to keep it dry.

3. Fluff regularly: Over time, some of the branches in your garland may become flattened or misshapen due to gravity or handling.

Gently fluffing them up will help restore their natural shape and fullness.

4. Store properly: When the holidays are over, store your garlands carefully by wrapping them loosely around a cardboard tube (like a wrapping paper roll) and storing them in a cool dry place until next year.

Tips for Safe and Easy Removal

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Removing garland from above kitchen cabinets can be a bit tricky, but with these tips for safe and easy removal, you’ll have it done in no time.

Firstly, make sure to turn off any lights or unplug any electrical cords before removing the garland. This will prevent any accidents or damage to your home.

Next, carefully remove any hooks or hangers that were used to secure the garland. If you used adhesive strips like Command Hooks, follow their instructions for removal as they may require pulling on a tab rather than simply yanking them off.

As you remove each section of garland from above your kitchen cabinets be careful not to pull too hard as this could cause damage both on the cabinet surface and also break some parts of delicate ornaments attached along with it.

Removing Garland Safely

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Removing garland from above your kitchen cabinets can be a bit tricky, but with some care and attention, you can do it safely and easily.

Firstly, make sure to remove any ornaments or accessories that were added to the garland before taking it down. This will prevent them from falling off or getting damaged during removal.

Next, carefully detach one end of the garland from its hook or hanger. Slowly work your way along the length of the garland until you reach its other end.

If you used adhesive strips for hanging your garland on cabinets’ surfaces instead of hooks or hangers – gently pull each strip downwards while holding onto both ends of each strip at once so that they come off evenly without damaging paintwork underneath them (if applicable).

Be careful not to tug too hard as this could damage both your cabinets and walls in case there are any stubborn spots where adhesive strips refuse to budge; use a hairdryer on low heat setting directed towards those areas for several minutes before trying again gently pulling downward motion until all pieces come loose entirely!

Storing Garland for Future Use

Storing Garland for Future Use

To store your garland, start by removing any decorations or accessories that you added to it. Then, gently fold the garland into a compact shape and place it in a storage container or bag.

When choosing a storage container for your garland, look for one that is large enough to accommodate its size without crushing or bending it out of shape. You may also want to consider using an acid-free tissue paper between each layer of folded garlands to prevent them from sticking together.

It’s important not to store your Christmas lights with the Garland as they can damage both items if stored together improperly. Instead, wrap up lights separately before storing them away.

Proper Garland Storage and Maintenance

Proper Garland Storage and Maintenance

Proper storage will ensure that your garland stays in good condition for future use. Start by removing any decorations or accessories from the garland and then gently fold it up, being careful not to crush or damage any of the foliage.

Next, place your folded-up garland into a plastic storage container with a lid. Make sure that you choose a container large enough to accommodate the full length of your garland without bending or folding it too much.

Store this container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight until next year’s holiday season rolls around again.

When you’re ready to use your stored-away garlands again next year, be sure to inspect them carefully before hanging them up once more. Check for signs of wear and tear such as broken branches or faded colors; if necessary replace damaged sections with new ones so that they look their best when on display once more!


How do you hang garland above?

Hang garland above by attaching removable adhesive hooks around the door frame approximately 12 inches apart, wrapping the garland in wire, and waiting for the adhesive to bond before hanging the garland by its wire.

What are the best materials or tools to use when hanging garland above kitchen cabinets?

The best materials or tools to use when hanging garland above kitchen cabinets include hooks, command strips, and floral wire.

How can one create a festive and secure garland arrangement above the cabinets?

To create a festive and secure garland arrangement above the cabinets, one should use durable hooks or adhesive strips to attach the garland and ensure its stability.

Are there any common mistakes to avoid when hanging garland above kitchen cabinets?

One common mistake to avoid when hanging garland above kitchen cabinets is placing it too close to heat sources or obstructing cabinet doors.

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