How to Properly Anchor Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Once you go through all the hard work to set up your Christmas decorations, make sure it won't be undone! A gust of wind or a nefarious prankster can easily tear down all your efforts if you don't properly anchor your décor. Here are some tips for keeping your decorations safe and secure.

First and foremost, you'll need the right equipment. Just like when pitching a tent, items like guy wires and stakes do wonders to hold large signs, inflatable decorations and anything else susceptible to wind damage. If you live in a particularly windy region, you may want to extend the same consideration to our fiberglass products as well. Lightweight, topcoat-sealed, sturdy and durable, fiberglass makes for a great material for decorations. We use it in most of our designs for larger objects like nativity statues. Take care to note any special instructions when purchasing one of these items.

A good anchoring system that isn't too obstructive is rebar and rope. Using a rubber mallet, pound the rebar or other heavy-duty metal stake into the ground behind your decoration. Then attached a sturdy chain or heavy rope, preferably to a hole or opening on the back of the item. The tether will be mostly obscured by grass or snow. Alternatively, if your decoration is hollow with an open bottom, you can pound the rebar into the ground and place the statue over it. The wind may twist it around, but it will be less susceptible to completely falling over.

Another option is anchoring your decorations to heavy slabs of wood using wood bolts. You may have to drill holes into the bottom of the statue or lawn ornament, but it's better than having thieves run off with your reindeer or finding the Holy Mother damaged thanks to an unruly gust of wind.

You took the time to carefully select your outdoor décor to represent your holiday values. Don't let an oversight like improper anchoring ruin your Christmas.