How to Hang Christmas Ornaments Without Metal Ornament Hooks

This TikTok video explains exactly what to do.

It’s almost that time of year again, where boxes of garland and Christmas ornaments are brought up from the basement storage to glam up an otherwise bare evergreen. It doesn’t matter whether the tree is real or artificial—decorating a Christmas tree is a fun holiday tradition.

What’s not fun is handling the small metal hooks that secure an ornament to the tree’s branches. They’re sharp, small and a hazard when dropped and lost in the depths of your family room carpet. Wondering how to hang ornaments in a way that’s safe?

This TikTok hack might permanently change the way you decorate your Christmas tree.

How to Hang Ornaments the Right Way

Thanks to TikTok user @gabriela.aty, we won’t be worrying about any metal ornament hooks this year.

@gabriela.aty Great for moms with little ones. Adding them together gives your tree that WOW factor. Makes your tree look FULLER! Enjoy the process Happy November!🙏🏽 #christmasideas #ornaments #christmastree #christmas2021 #tree #goldandsilver #fall #merrychristmas #momsoftiktok ♬ It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra) – Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters

In her viral video, pipe cleaners and zip ties are the secret tools used to attach ornaments to a Christmas tree. Not only do these items keep ornaments secure (instead of dangling haphazardly from a tree’s branches), but they can take your decorating to the next level. Gabriela demonstrates looping a piece of pipe cleaner through three ornaments to make a cluster of sparkling holiday decor. The more the merrier!

This hack is also ideal if you have small children that want to be involved in the decorating process, or even if a family with toddlers plans to visit for Christmas. In either case, sharp metal hooks are the last thing you want floating around.

This makes me want to start decking the halls ASAP! Thinking about restocking your holiday decor? Here are some of the best places to buy Christmas ornaments online.

Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.