Being lazy, I wanted to find an easier way to hang our Christmas lights than last year. Our house has gutters all the way around, which is a great platform for hanging lights off of. But last year I used a ton of hooks that grabbed onto the inside of the gutter and then held the string of lights. Applying, and later removing, these hooks though is a pain (literally), so I wanted an easier way.
By using ubiquitous office badge clips with attached strips, I created an easy to apply hanging mechanism that goes on, and comes off, easy as pie.
This works great if you have gutters. You may find a way to get it to work without them, but I guess it would depend on your roof.
Step 1: Get some office badge clips
I got this package at Staples. 10 clips for about $2.50. I also got a couple of packages of 12 clips each from Walmart for a little over $1.50 per package. You might be able to find more bulk packages for cheaper online somewhere.
I hung 5 strings of lights, with 25 lights each, with 30 badge clips. That's 6 clips per string of lights. These are the strings with the large bulbs. Strings with the small bulbs could probably use fewer clips. I also used a few extra badge clips here and there as I went around corners or encountered other obstacles, so get a few extra.