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We were skeptical of this trick at first, but apparently even the pros use it. Use hot glue to temporarily attach a string of lights to the outside of your home. But you shouldn't use this method on just any surface — hot glue will cause paint to peel off and cause some stucco to melt — it's most often helpful on sturdy brick. (We also bet that light manufacturers wouldn't necessarily recommend putting hot glue next to their wires, so try this tip at your own risk).
Brick Clip Fasteners to grip around the brick to allow things to be hung from a brick surface. The mortar must be set back at least 1/8″. This is referred to as having a recessed, square or raked mortar joint. The fastener will not grip around the brick if the mortar comes right to the edge of the brick.