How to Hang Christmas Lights on Brick Walls

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Wondering how do you attach Christmas lights to Brick?

It’s that time of year again, and who doesn’t love to decorate for Christmas?

But if you’re in a brick house you may be thinking you’re stuck.

Think again!

There are some great solutions on how to hang Christmas lights on brick walls that won’t damage or chip the bricks!

In this post, we’ll walk you through all the different options. We’ll explore how to temporarily stick to brick and even how to hang rope lights on concrete. Specifically, though, well look at how to hang Christmas lights on brick walls so you can embrace your inner Clark Griswold.

How do you temporarily stick to brick?

Gorilla Glue is a great way to stick things to brick temporarily.

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Gorilla Glue is 100% waterproof and easily bonds wood, stone, metal, ceramic, foam, brick, glass, concrete and much more!

4.5 stars, hundreds of reviews and being an Amazon’s Choice product confirm this is a great product.

So if you have some type of decoration that you want to hang on a brick wall to go along with your Christmas lights gluing is a great way to stick to the brick through the holiday season and then take it down in January.

  • Clean the bricks with a rag, brush or broom (to get all dirt and debris off the surface of the bricks)
  • Wet a sponge and wipe across the surface of the brick
  • Spread a thin layer of glue on the wet part of the brick (more is less in this case)
  • Press and hold the item to stick to the brick. Ideally, use a clamp or other tool to hold the item in place for 1 hour

What will stick to brick?

If the above steps with Gorilla Glue sound like too much work or if you don’t have a good way to clamp the item to a brick, there are a few other things that will stick to brick.

A hot glue gun is a quick and easy way to attach lighter-weight items to brick (and also concrete and stone). Just clean the brick first as I outlined in the above passage.

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The top-selling hot glue gun on Amazon Prime is Cobiz Full-Size Hot Glue Gun.

It’s a high-temp, heavy duty gun that comes with 10 sticks. 4.5 stars and well over 300 reviews let you know that this too is a great product for learning how to hang Christmas lights on brick walls and so much more.

Don’t forget the extra glue sticks from, you guessed it, Gorilla Glue!

Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape is a double-sided waterproof tape that also sticks well to brick.

They make Temporary Outdoor Mounting Tape that is designed to hold up to 15 lbs for under $5.00 on Amazon Prime.

But they also make Permanent Outdoor Mounting Tape (which still can be removed but could cause damage to painted surfaces). 4+ stars on these tapes also give you the comfort of knowing they work great!

How do you attach rope lights to concrete?

Concrete is a different animal from brick in that it’s (usually) totally smooth.

The bricks stick out typically, making it easy to attach hooks to. So to attach rope lights to concrete while you could use the Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape, a better, more long-term solution will be to drill holes in the concrete and use screw-on clamps.

First, hold the rope against the concrete where you want it to go.

Most rope lights naturally have places where you can cut it to length without damaging the wires, so cut-to-length if needed.

Depending on how much sag you’re willing to tolerate, you’ll want to use the screw clamps every 12 inches or up to 24 inches.

Avoid the perils of drilling into concrete

Decide and mark the concrete with a pencil where the clamps will go. Drill (using a masonry drill bit since they are designed for brick and concrete) on your marks going as deep as your screws. In most cases, a 3/16″ bit is perfect for the relatively light-weight duty of hanging rope lights on concrete.

Drill slow and steady as to not cause too much excess concrete to break away. Also, make sure to drill at least as deep as the length of the screw. Unlike screwing into wood, you can’t (easily) keep screwing the screw into undrilled concrete.

Once done, use a vacuum to remove all the excess dust from the holes as that can cause the screw’s holding power to be reduced.

Due to the nature of concrete and how screws thread, a plastic wall anchor is a great way to ensure the perfect fit for your screw. Ansen Tools makes a great 100 piece set of screws, anchors and even comes with the masonry drill bits. It’s well under $10 and has 4.5 stars on Amazon Prime.

Then just use the rope light mounting clips of your choice, such as these made by Lokman. They are an Amazon’s Choice product, 4.5 stars on Amazon Prime and are well under $10 for a set of 50. You won’t use the screws that come with them (for hanging rope lights on concrete) so just save them for future use.

What are the best brands of rope lights?

PERSIK Rope Lights for Indoor or Outdoor use are the best-selling rope light on Amazon Prime.

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18 feet long (and this brand is not cut-able) with the ability to easily connect multiple strands to get up to 150 feet in length. 4.5 stars and almost 150 reviews tell you this is a great product, especially given it’s well under $20.

Want colored rope lights or ones you can sync with music?

Check out all the Best Selling Rope Lights on Amazon and find the perfect one for your house today!

So now, let’s review the best ways of . . . 

How to hang Christmas lights on brick walls

Brick clips are the best method on how to hang Christmas lights on brick walls.

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Brick clips press easily into place, can be easily moved/removed and can be used over and over again year after year.

They not only work great for Christmas lights, but also stockings over a brick fireplace or any kind of year round decorations as well.

A set of 4 on Amazon Prime are under $10 and also an Amazon’s Choice product with hundreds of 4 and 5 star reviews. Buy several sets of these Holiday Joy Brick Clip sets for all your Christmas light needs.

Check out this quick video to see just how easy brick clips are in to install.

Did we cover everything you wanted to see about how to hang Christmas lights on brick walls?

In this post, we dispelled the myth that people in brick houses can’t hang Christmas lights easily or without damaging the bricks.

We looked at several solutions that go up quickly and easily with no drilling required. But we also covered how to hang rope lights on concrete which has its own challenges.

Specifically, though, we looked at the best tips on how to hang Christmas lights on brick walls. That way you can decorate to your heart’s content this holiday season.

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