Before being asked to be a Command brand ambassador earlier this year, I didn’t really appreciate just how versatile those little strips and hooks can be. I knew they were lauded for fuss-free picture hanging (hanging without hammers and holes? THIS IS THE FUTURE, PEOPLE) but I hadn’t ever considered the possibilities beyond the obvious. After all, putting up a bunch of frames without any wall damage seemed impressive enough to me. (As blogged about here!).
But once you fall under the Command convenience spell, you start seeing opportunities for hook based help EVERYWHERE. Hooks in kitchen cupboards, hooks on backs of doors, hooks in drawers (really!). Head to Pinterest and you’ll realise that if you’re only using hooks for hanging up coats then you haven’t lived. Buzzfeed’s “37 Clever Ways Hooks Can Organise Your Entire Life” is a good starting point if you’re yet to the see the light.
Christmas is where these products really come into their own though, as even the least crafty of us find ourselves knee-deep in tinsel wrestling with strings of lights and baubles. The clear hooks are particularly useful for Christmas as they allow the decorations to take all the limelight, but I fell a bit in love with the metallic hooks on a shoot earlier this year where Command challenged me to come up with a festive DIY project…
As soon as I knew I was going to be creating a Christmassy scene I knew what I wanted to try: “a wrapping station”. I’d seen wrapping stations on Pinterest before and I liked them from a practical sense (does anyone else always lose their scissors?!) but I also just liked the way they looked. If you use pretty wrapping papers and tags you can make the area itself feel like decorations and of course you could hang as many tubes and accessories as you like.
It was stupendously simple to create, I bought some cheap wooden dowels from Homebase to hang the wrapping paper tubes from and then it was just a matter of making sure the hooks were level.
Oh and of course Ronnie the Reindeer was hung with a hook too! Much better than my usual nail solution from previous years as not only did it mean not damaging the wall, but the hook takes his weight much better. Usually he falls down every Christmas as he gradually pulls the nail from the wall, causing even more damage to the wall (and to his own lovely antlers!).
I’m tempted to try the fairy lights Christmas tree idea from the telly ad next year, but for now I’m just pleased to have all my garlands and banners up without worrying about the paintwork.
I haven’t written my cards or actually wrapped any presents yet (ahem) but I feel like some level of progress has been made at least!
I am a Command Brand Ambassador and am working with Command throughout the year on various home projects. All thoughts are, as ever, my own. You can read more about how I work with brands here.