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Wrapping Palm Trees With Christmas Lights

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Wrapping Palm Trees With Christmas Lights


Phoenix is known for a lot of things and palm trees is one of them. If you’re interested in how to install Christmas lights for palm trees, keep reading. If you and your family would love to have that wonderful winter wonderland look in your landscape, wrapping your outdoor trees in lights is the way to go. With some planning and a few measurements it can be easy and fun to get the spirit of the holidays. Wrapping palm trees with Christmas lights is a way a lot of Phoenix valley residents get into the spirit. One of the most popular trees in the Phoenix area gets plenty of attention during the holidays. If you want to wrap your palm up in a bright and shiny coat of Christmas lights here’s how.



Before you break out the ladder you will need to take a trip to the store to buy some lights. Make sure you have everything you need before you get started so you don’t have to pause and run to the store. Leaving ladders or tools out while you are gone creates safety hazards and taking everything back in is a hassle.


One of the first things to think of is having brown cords for the light strands. They help hide the wires and make the lights more noticeable. Using LED lights cuts down on power consumption and glow without heat. They are safe and energy efficient option. If you want to add some pop you can choose to have a different color of lights at the top and in the fronds of your palm. Read the packaging as you select lights and make sure they are rated for outdoor use. Depending on the width of the trunk and height of the tree you will need more strands. You will also want to buy more if you want a tight coil of lights and a brighter look.


Make coiled balls of the light strands to make them easy to handle. You will be able to let them unwind as you go around the tree. Wrap the lights starting at the base of your palm and wind your way up the tree. If the strands of lights are slipping use the light duty staple gun to secure them in place. Make sure you are straddling the wire and not shooting through it with your staple gun. This can be a fire hazard, so take care when using your staple gun. For higher areas break out the ladders and have a friend help you continue to wind the lights up the tree. You can hand the ball of lights back and forth.


Once you get all of the lights onto the trunk you need to decide if you are going to decorate the fronds, or leaves at the top. Decorating the fronds can be a little tricky but it can really set your landscape apart. If you decided to do this you can run a look of lights down a frond and secure it in place with your twist ties. Choose to light the fronds that are closest to you for safety. Once night falls the higher fronds won’t be visible.


As tempting as it might be to simply run an extension cord from the house, make sure you use an extension cord rated for outdoor use. They are rated for use in bad weather, rain and snow. This will prevent dangerous conditions and having to run another cord or ruin light strands.


The safety of you and your tree are paramount. No one enjoys the holidays when they have fallen from a ladder, got shocked from a wire, or if the tree gets sick from too many punctures. Follow these tips to help make the most of the holiday season.

  • Don’t over staple the strands of lights. Sometimes you won’t need any staples, but if the strands are slipping try to use as few staples as possible. Trees are living things and can be hurt by going too crazy with the staple gun.
  • Use outdoor light strands and outdoor extension cords. Electricity is a useful but dangerous power source and needs to be respected. Use the right strands and cords and make sure when you do have to staple a strand down to your palm that you are not piercing the insulation on the wires.
  • Never try to hand light strands that are plugged in. Not only does it make some types of lights hot to handle but it can lead to a serious shock. This is especially true during stapling of strands.


If you find some damage or possible signs that your tree might be sick or dying while hanging your lights, give the experts a call. Phoenix Trim-A-Tree is your go to source for diagnosing what is wrong with trees, coming up with plans to save them, or helping remove trees that are beyond saving. You can trust the ISA Certified Arborists we send to look at your trees and help you with your landscape. When you’re wrapping palm trees or other trees in your landscape in lights it sets them as centerpieces in your landscape. Make sure they are up to the job with tree trimming services from Phoenix Trim-A-Tree.

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How to Wrap Trees With Outdoor Lights


Lisa Hallett Taylor

Lisa Hallett Taylor

Lisa Hallett Taylor is an expert in architecture and landscape design who has written more than 1,000 articles about pool, patio, garden, and home improvement over 12 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design and is certified in fine and decorative arts appraisal.

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Updated on 10/12/22

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In This Article

  • Tips for Hanging Tree Lights

  • Frequently Asked Questions

Project Overview

Trees decorated with light strings always look festive for the holidays, and they can be just as fun and magical any other time of the year. During warm weather, there's nothing more inviting than a comfortable outdoor space bejeweled with twinkling lights.

Lighting is suitable for most types of trees, including evergreens, deciduous trees, palm trees, and even yucca. Often, bare leafless trees provide the ideal framework for hanging lights, especially horizontal-spreading varieties. Palm tree trunks wrapped with white or red lights show off their vertical, upright forms, drawing the eye upward toward the night sky.

The best outdoor lights to use are LED lights. LEDs are not only 75 percent more energy-efficient than standard incandescent bulbs, they also last many times longer. LED lights cost quite a bit more than incandescent, but because LEDs cost less to run, they pay for themselves long before they burn out.

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For the color of the lights, warm white LEDs provide a nice, warm glow reminiscent of the incandescents that everyone loves (and with which so many traditionalists have trouble parting). Cool white offers a bluish glow, and colored lights are either multicolored or one color. White is universal and is suitable for any time of the year. Colored lights usually are best for the holidays. In any case, it looks best if you choose the same lights in each color, such as all warm or all cool whites.

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Equipment / Tools

  • Ladder
  • Outdoor-rated extension cord
  • Cardboard (optional)


  • Outdoor light strands
  • Twine or plant tape (optional)
  1. Choose the Trees for Lighting

    Select the tree or trees you would like to light up. Start with one that creates a natural focal point in your landscape. Ideally, it will also have an interesting form and elegant branches that will look especially striking when illuminated. Odd shapes of branches and limbs can become magical in the evening when electrified with twinkling lights.

    A very large tree can have a lot of "wow" factor, but the bigger (and taller) it is, the more lights it will need. What you don't want is a big tree that is sparsely lighted, so choose the right size for the amount of lights you have or are willing to buy.

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  2. Test the Light Strands

    Test each strand of lights by plugging it in and making sure all of the lights are working. It's important to do this before hanging the lights, especially if you won't have the lights on while you work. You don't want to put up all of the lights only to discover that a strand in the middle is on the fritz.

    If desired, connect multiple light strings (after testing them) by plugging them together end-to-end. Wind the resulting long string around a flat piece of cardboard. This makes it easy to handle a long string without having to fight a tangled mess.

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  3. Lay Out the Cord

    Extend an outdoor-rated extension cord to the base of the tree. Because the cord will be outdoors and may get wet, it must have GFCI (ground-fault circuit-interrupter) protection to protect against shock hazards. To ensure protection, plug the cord into a GFCI outlet or use a GFCI-protected outdoor cord.

    Decide where the visible base of the tree is—this is the point where the tree becomes visible from the street or from the house. In addition, tall grasses, rocks, and other landscaping features might cover or obscure the very bottom of the trunk. Walk to the curb or out to the street, and make a mental note as to where the trunk is visible. Position the cord end at this point. If desired, you can wrap the cord around the base of the tree to secure it.

    Plug the first strand of lights into the extension cord. You can plug the cord into the outlet, if desired, or wait until you're finished.

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    Choosing a Safe Electrical Extension Cord

  4. Wind Up the Trunk

    Begin wrapping the lights around the tree's trunk, moving upward with each winding. To ensure even spacing, check the distance between windings with your hand. Use about four fingers to get consistent spacing between each wrap around the tree trunk. Aim for uniform spacing to make the finished project look its best.

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  5. Run Up and Down the Limbs

    Wrap the lights up each limb or large branch, making sure you have several extra feet of string. Space the wraps about two hands (eight fingers) apart. When you reach the end of the limb, reverse direction and wind the string back down, winding between the upward wraps so that the resulting spacing is one hand width.

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  6. Use a Ladder

    Use a ladder to reach high areas. Never climb a tree to hang lights. You can use a freestanding stepladder for relatively low heights, but for higher areas, use an extension ladder. Always follow standard ladder safety procedures, making sure the ladder is evenly supported at the top and bottom and that it angles at about 75 degrees (15 degrees from vertical). If you need to climb more than about 6 feet high, have a helper hold the base of the ladder and to "spot" the lighting from the ground while you're up on the ladder.

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  7. Secure the String

    Secure the end of the light string, as needed, to complete the installation. You can simply tuck the end into a crook of branches to keep it from coming loose, or you can tie the string to the tree with a piece of natural twine or planting tape. Don't use metal wire, which could create a shock or fire hazard if the metal cuts through the light's wire insulation. You can also use a plastic zip tie, as long as you remember to cut it off before long. A strong zip tie could girdle the tree and cause damage if it's not removed.

    The Spruce / Nanor Zinzalian

When determining how many lights or strands of lights to use, don't follow the old saying, "A little goes a long way." It just doesn't apply in this case. Depending on the circumference of the trunk, each wrap can easily use up 20 or 30 lights. And a tree that is wrapped only partway up its trunk simply does not look festive or complete. Plan and budget for lights accordingly. You can always start small and add more lights each year.

12 ideas with instructions —

1. Arrangements in vases with garlands

Christmas decorations, real or artificial needles, Christmas tree beads, cones — place all the New Year's riches in transparent vases and decorate with garlands of lights.


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2. Garland on a mirror

Simple, but beautiful and festive: a garland on or around a large mirror.


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3. Christmas tree-shaped garland decor

The board is first marked with a cord, then self-tapping screws are screwed in (a hammer and nails are also an option) and a garland is placed on them.

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4. Garland Photo Wall

The garland wire can also be used as a base for hanging memorable photos and postcards. Add small clothespins, making sure they don't pinch the wires.


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5. Decor for cup garland

A simple light bulb garland can be turned into an unusual one by adding "lanterns" from small cups. You can use small plastic cups, decorating them with colored paper, or you can take paper cups (if they are plain, they can be dyed).

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6. Glitter star decor for the garland of lights

The bottom line is that a garland of stars cut out of shiny paper is added to the garland of light bulbs. Stars can be glued on a thread or, as in this case, assembled into a garland by sewing on a sewing machine.


7. Christmas Garland Bow Decor

A simple holiday decor idea: add fabric bows to the garland in the traditional Christmas colors of green, red, and white, or whatever colors go with the decor. your tree.

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8. Decor with garland and hoop

Option for true needlewomen with a rich fleet of embroidery accessories. Garlands wrap around the hoop, and the hoop itself can be positioned in different ways.


9. A garland as a decoration for a houseplant

Suddenly you forgot about this method? With a garland of lights (check that the bulbs do not heat up) you can decorate a large ficus, indoor palm tree or other plant with fairly strong branches and a trunk.


10. Garland mini hearth

For this unusual project, you need some stones, tree branches, foil, lace, PVA glue and a Christmas garland. The branches are wrapped in foil. The lace is impregnated with glue and wrapped around the branches. When the glue dries, the lace that has taken the form of branches must be carefully cut, the branches removed, and the shape of the lace branches fixed by wrapping it with a thread. So it will turn out as if already burned out translucent sticks that will glow, illuminated by a garland. It remains only to form a composition of stones, lacy branches and lights.

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11. Rope balls with garland lights

Balloons for this decoration are made using a balloon, rope and PVA glue. When the glue dries, the ball must be pierced, removed from the rope ball and placed inside the lights.

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12. Paper lights from Christmas garland

A cut plastic bottle is suitable for a tall cylindrical lamp, and a plastic container for a lamp lower and wider. The plafonds are made of sheets of paper: you need to cut out patterns-holes in them with a breadboard knife and glue them from the inside with tracing paper or a transparent cloth.

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How beautiful it is to hang a garland on the wall

Surely, at least once in our lives, each of us faced the problem of how to attach a garland to the wall. Whether it's preparing for the New Year, decorating an event or decorating your room. Just the other day we launched a new product - a set of photo cards and a garland with clothespins, and the question hung in the air, how to attach it to the wall. Therefore, we have thoroughly studied all the options and, of course, now we will share useful information with you.

But before we go directly to the mounting methods, let's figure out how to get such a cool garland with photo cards.


  1. Go to catalog section PHOTOS .
  2. Choose from Square 10x10 cm, Rectangular 10x15 cm or Polaroid style.
  3. Press the green "Order" button.
  4. Upload 24 or more photos.
  5. Select frame color.
  6. Select "Garland" in the configuration.
  7. Press the "Checkout" button.
  8. Fill in contact details.
  9. Wait for the response of the manager who will contact you to agree on the details of the order.

By the way, with the promo code LIGHT you will get a 5% discount.

In the meantime, a parcel with a garland on its way to you, it's time to choose how you will fasten it.

1. Special hooks

Yes, yes, our world has everything - even special hooks for a garland. In some stores they are called "garland clips". They are transparent and will not be visible on the wall. Comes with double sided adhesive tape. Of course, it is disposable, but it is well removed from the wall (at least the manufacturer claims so), without prejudice to the wallpaper. But for this you need to strictly follow the order of removal. If you try to just tear them off, then the top paper layer will also come off. And if you pull parallel to the wall and very carefully, then they depart almost perfectly, without damaging the picture. Hooks can be saved for next year, but you will need to purchase additional adhesive tape separately.

Disadvantages: can only be if not used carefully.

2. Adhesive tape

The easiest and most accessible way. To prevent the garland from falling, there is one little trick: to do this, you need to sculpt the adhesive tape not in strips, overlapping the garland with them, but first wrap one end of the adhesive tape around the wire and glue it to the other end so that a little sticky place remains. Next, it must be applied to the wall. This way, the garland wire will not slip between the wall and the bottom of the strip of tape, creating tension and unhooking it from the base.

Cons: you can tear off the adhesive tape along with the wallpaper, the garland can fall off under its own weight.

3. Thermal gun

Also not very gentle on wallpaper, but resistant. It is suitable if you decide to hang a garland not only for the holidays, but also leave it as an interior decoration for a long time.

Cons: difficult to remove cured adhesive

4. Studs

Very reliable method of fastening. But this option is for those who, if they do something, then once and for all. That is, if you have finally decided that the garland will remain here for a long time, then you can also make a hole in the wall with a couple of carnations.

Cons: there will be holes in the wall

5. Pins

Attention! This method can only be used in a home where there are no children and pets. The pins may fall off and you may notice it too late. Nevertheless, this method is good because it is convenient to hook a garland onto the pins stuck into the wallpaper. And after removing them, only small dots remain on the wallpaper.

Minus: dots still remain, albeit small ones. If you use a small number of pins, they may not withstand the weight of the garland and break through the wallpaper, then there will be no small hole at all.

6. Adhesive mass

There is such an adhesive mass Blu-tack, it looks like plasticine, but it doesn't stick to hands. Depending on the size of the garland, you need to pinch off the required amount of this plasticine and stick it to the wall. The miracle remedy is removed without harm to the wallpaper and does not leave any stains after itself.

Minus: blue color can be seen behind the garland.

7. Adhesive pads

We put these pads in parcels for those who ordered a heart made of photo cards or a table calendar without a stand. But if you do not divide them into small pillows, but take more, crushing them into large lumps, then you can use them as a fastener for a garland. They are generally similar to the adhesive mass of Blu-tack, but the color of these stickies is white.

Minus: may come off under the weight of the garland.

8. Suckers

If you want to please not only yourself but also passers-by with bright lights by hanging a garland on the window, then suction cups will suit you perfectly. Among them there is also a huge selection with different wire fastening - with hooks, with clothespins or with such clips.

Minus: only suitable for absolutely smooth surfaces such as glass.

9. Cable management

Also an option from the category "for centuries" - your garland will hang reliably, firmly and for a long time. According to the method of attachment, this method is similar to the clips from the first paragraph, but tearing off these sites is not at all easy, and it is unlikely that it will be possible to do this without wallpaper losses.

The minus here is obvious.

10. Special fastener with studs

This fastener for the garland is suitable for drywall and wood walls.

Minus: leaves holes behind + not suitable for all surfaces.

We seem to have figured out how to attach the garland to the wall, now we can think about which photos to choose to hang on it. If there are none yet, we recommend that you read the article Things to do in winter, so you can have fun and photograph the highlights.

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