Holiday Decorations "Take Off"

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM EDT

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Holiday Decorations "Take Off"

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM EDT

Hamburg, NY (WKBW-TV)
Many people got the early jump on putting up decorations for the Holidays last weekend...The high winds have been whipping many of those around...The trick-well, stake them in better! Here's some tips for staking your Santa and Snowman securely.

Step 1
Consider the weight of your ornament. Concrete gnomes and rebar reindeer are not likely to blow away in the wind, but they may topple---secure heavy, but narrow, vertical decorations with slender rods fastened to the backs using a compatible material (i.e., cement, metal weld, epoxy or even wire or duct tape for temporary decorations). Paint rods black to make them less visible; push opposite ends into the ground.

Step 2
Anchor permanent top-heavy ornaments---such as birdbaths or urn-shaped planters---with weighted bases. Use cement to mortar them directly to wide concrete pavers.

Step 3
Provide weights for inflatable decorations by using small sandbags or stones tied to them with sturdy nylon string. Or, pin them into place with tent stakes or "U"-shaped wire pins pushed firmly into the soil.

Step 4
Secure valuable decorations with a lockable bicycle cable or strong chain anchored to livestock "tie-out" stakes screwed deeply into the ground, or fasten the other end to something immovable, such as a large tree or your house.

Step 5
Pound sharpened wooden stakes into the ground and nail or screw them to plywood cutouts to hold those in place. Then, to ensure that they do not blow over, fasten a small hinge to the backside of your cutout, near the top. Screw a 2-inch-by-2-inch board to the other side of the hinge, and jam the board against the ground to give your cutout an easel-like support.