Attaching Ornaments & Vines to Stucco

Hanging ornaments from your stucco walls or the exterior of your home might seem impossible. Stucco is a hard substance similar to concrete, so a standard nail won't let you attach your ornaments. The right tools are key to decorating your stucco walls with ornaments; without them, you could crack or chip your stucco, which can lead to costly repairs. Recreating the texture of your existing stucco during a repair is difficult, so take the time to attach your ornaments correctly.

1-Measure the hanging mechanism of the ornament. Some wall art may have two hangers on the back, requiring you to place two screws spaced precisely in the walls, while others may have one central hanger. Hold the ornament against the stucco to determine where the hangers sit when the ornament is at the correct height. Mark the height with a pencil.

2-Mark the spacing of the hangers on the stucco at the correct height, if your ornament has more than one hanging mechanism. Measure the spacing carefully; it's difficult to make minor adjustments without chipping the stucco once you've drilled the hole. If it only has one hanger, mark the location where the screw should be at the correct height.

3-Make an "X" with masking tape so that the center of the "X" covers the center of your mark. Repeat with other marks as necessary. The masking tape helps protect the stucco if the drill bit slips before it grips the stucco.

4-Tighten a masonry bit in a hammer drill. The bit should be the same diameter as the cement wall anchor. Put on safety goggles and a dust mask.

5-Press the drill bit firmly against the center of the masking tape "X." Drill a hole 1/8 inch longer than the wall anchor. Drill a second hole if required by your ornament.

6-Blow the stucco dust out of the holes using a turkey baster or compressed air canister. Don't blow air through your mouth into the hole; the fine dust could blow back into your face and enter your lungs.

7-Push a cement wall anchor into each hole. Tap it flush with the wall using a rubber mallet if it doesn't go in easily.

8-Drive the masonry screws into the anchors with a power screwdriver. Stop when the screw head are about 1/4 inch from the wall. The wall anchors are designed to expand as screws enter, holding the screws and your ornaments securely without damaging the stucco.

9-Remove the masking tape. Hang your ornament on the screws.

Things You Will Need:

Measuring tape, Pencil, Masking tape

Hammer drill with masonry bit, Concrete wall anchors

Safety goggles, Dust mask, Rubber mallet

Masonry screws, Power screwdriver



Hammer drills are sometimes expensive to purchase, but many home improvement stores rent them at reasonable rates.


Attaching a Landscape Vine to Stucco

Stucco is a kind of plaster made by mixing cement and fine sand. As such, it is a hard and difficult to penetrate surface – making attachment of vines harder than it would be with a softer surface such as wood. Masonry drill bits and concrete fastener systems overcome this problem easily, so you can dress up your walls with cool vines in no time.

1-Mark the area where you want to attach your vine to the wall with small pencil dots spaced 12 to 24 inches apart both horizontally and vertically in rows, starting about a foot off the ground.

2-Drill a pilot hole with a 1/16-inch masonry drill bit at each penciled mark to make drilling the larger hole for your plastic anchors for masonry easier.

3-Bore a larger hole in each of the previously drilled holes using a ¼-inch masonry bit.

4-Tap a plastic masonry anchor into each hole with a hammer.

5-Insert a closed-eye screw into each plastic anchor. You can twist these in easily with fingers or use pliers if necessary.

6-Start at one corner of your grid and fasten the end of a length of wire securely through the closed-eye screw. Run the rest of the wire through all the closed-eye screws in that row, fasten the end of the wire to the last closed-eye screw in that row and cut of the excess with wire cutters.

7-Repeat the process for each row of closed-eye screws both horizontally and vertically to make a wire grid.

8-Plant your vine about 6 inches away from the wall at its base, and train it to weave across and through the wire trellis you created as it grows.

Things You Will Need:

Measuring tape or ruler, Pencil, Drill

1/16-inch and 1/4-inch masonry drill bits

1/4-inch diameter plastic anchors for masonry

Hammer, Pliers (optional)

Closed-eye screws with ¼-inch diameter threads (#10 screw size)

Steel wire, Wire cutters, Safety glasses



Place screws and wires in other patterns to create different effects, such as a fan or other shape, if preferred.


Always wear safety glasses when using a drill or other power tools.


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