Detangling Holiday Light Hanging

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The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

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Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):

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Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree.

Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as

you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree. 

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork!

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Move Outside

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

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Once you’ve decided on your theme, it’s time to gather those lights and hang ‘em. Don’t forget to stock up on replacement bulbs and fuses, as it’s common for a few lights to go out or break along the way. Grab your ladder and Command™ Outdoor Light Clips and get hanging. (Speaking of light clips – these babies allow you to string lights around a door, window or anywhere really without nails or screws. In other words, they leave no holes or marks – perfect for apartment dwellers!)

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Now you know the basics of holiday lighting, with a few extra tips along the way. And remember, don’t hesitate to get creative. Orchard has a ton of holiday lights and decorations that will let your artistic side shine bright. Still have questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard, we’re happy to help.

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork! 

Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

 

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):

Don’t let Daylight Savings leave you in the dark.

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It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and the nights get longer – also known as daylight savings time. Not only does the time change mess with our internal clocks, it affects our lighting too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor space or stay safe – just make sure you have the right lighting solutions.

Enjoy your fall evenings

There’s something magical about fall nights that make you want to embrace the chill and head outside to enjoy stories around the soft light of the fire. Keep some warm faux fur blankets on hand to fight the cold and make sure you have enough sticks for impromptu s’mores parties. Before you know it, you’ll be heading outside more than you thought you would this time of year.

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Ambiance and accent lighting can help create a great entertaining mood to your backyard as well. Add string lights across your dining or sitting area. LED rope lighting has a similar effect and use about 80% less energy than incandescent lights. Flame-less candles on tables can also add a nice subtle glow for cozy get-togethers around the table with hot chocolate or hot toddies.

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Shed a light on your safety

This time of year usually means you’re getting home after the sun goes down and coming home to a darker entryway. Consider setting your lights on timers or installing motion-sensor lights to outsmart the dark (and any sneaky teenagers). Dusk-to-dawn lights are a great option if you’re looking for lights that change with the sun every day.

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Or try solar path lights – they charge all day and guide your way all night. They’re great if you park in your driveway or for greeting nighttime visitors. And don’t forget about your porch light. You probably use it all year long, which means it might be time to check the bulb and update the style. Speaking of updating, switching out incandescent bulbs with CFLs can save you up to 20% on your energy bill.

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As always, if you’re not sure where to start, stop by your neighborhood Orchard and ask any of our friendly team members for help. And be sure to visit us on Facebook or Instagram to show off your outdoor spaces.

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer and Smarter

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Ever wish your home could take care of itself? Now it can! Smart home technology is not only popular but effective at keeping your house and your loved ones safe. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites uses for smart home technology.

Doorbell ditch no more

Do you ever wonder what’s going on outside your home while you’re away? Install a smart doorbell with live streaming capabilities and never wonder again. With this nifty little device, you can get motion-activated alerts sent straight to your phone, tune in to what’s going on outside your house at any time, and even speak to guests or loiterers through a two-way audio system.

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The right temperature around the clock

Thermostats that adjust to your desired temperature are great, but smart thermostats that learn your preferences and program themselves are even better. Devices like this one will auto-schedule themselves around your schedule, so the temperature is always right when you’re home and always energy efficient when you’re away.

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A bright idea for your holiday lights

With the holiday season approaching, don’t let the stress of turning your decorative lights on and off hold you back from getting in the spirit. Install an outdoor Wi-Fi outlet and let the lights take care of themselves. Once the holidays are over, use the outlet year round to automate patio and other outdoor lights.

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Keep an eye on your home at all times

Installing both indoor and outdoor security cameras let you watch what’s going on when you’re away from your house. Some even record 24/7 and let you talk and listen with built in speakers and mic. These nifty devices are also a great way to keep track of your pets if you’re wondering what mischief they might be up to when you’re gone.

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Get your security on lock

Take your home security to the next level with an electronic deadbolt that operates using your smartphone’s Bluetooth. Just touch your phone to the lock to open. You can send eKeys using your phone as well, and the deadbolt will also operate with a traditional key as a backup.

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Have questions about making your as home and smart and secure as possible? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard today! We’re here to help keep our neighbors safe and happy.

DIY Barnwood Table for Thanksgiving

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When I invented Weatherwash, I did it to help DIY'ers beautify their homes with frames, headboards, tables, and dressers. Over time, my blog, ​FromGardners2Bergers.com grew and now I am living my dream. 

Come on down to your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware, where we can beautify your home and make your dreams come true. 


It's never too early to start preparing your home for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. Thank you all for letting Weatherwash help you weather your new or upcycled table, just in time for the holidays! 

Come follow our step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the perfect barn wood look, without draining your bank account. This weathered-looking trestle table is perfect for this time of year and DIYing it will be fun and easy, not to mention be the talk of your holiday party!

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1. Prep

Weatherwash aging washes can only react with raw wood. So, tables with an existing finish would need to be stripped or sanded back to RAW wood. No wood moisturizers are needed. 

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Spice Up Your Pumpkin Decorating This Year

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This Halloween, mix it up a little. If you’re tired of the mess and labor involved with carving pumpkins year after year, we’ve got good news for you. Here are a few easy ways to make those pumpkins pop without carving your days away.

Paint a Pumpkin

Pick up a few cans of paint, some brushes and maybe a stencil or two. Then gather the kids and get down to business! See who can come up with the most creative, creepy, or spooktastic design.

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Pumpkin Hardware

Craft yourself a FrankenPumpkin using hardware. Just grab a few nuts, washers and screws and get creative with your scary creature. See how many different faces you can make!

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Pumpkin Planters

Who says Halloween can’t be elegant? Create a pumpkin succulent planter for a classy take on a creepy tradition. Once Halloween is over, replant your succulents in a pot and keep them for the fall.

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Dremel Carver

Still want to go traditional? Grab a Dremel Pumpkin Carver Kit and create your masterpiece with precision and ease. Carve out the traditional spooky face, or get creative with scary designs or cute patterns.

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For assistance with any of these spooktacular pumpkin projects or for more Halloween inspiration, stop by your neighborhood Orchard today. Check out our October in-store events, including Fright Weekend October 13-15!