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5 Magical New Ways To Decorate With Holiday Lights
You haul them out of the basement each year. You spend long hours de-tangling them, replacing burned-out bulbs, and stringing up all their twinkle goodness on your tree. But if this holiday tradition feels a bit been there, done that,we hear you loud and clear. But brush away your holiday despair! It turns out there are a whole host of surprising and delightful ways to decorate with holiday lights.
1.Stick them in glass containers
First things first: No one said holiday lights have to be strung up. Instead, put them in glass containers to concentrate their blinking magic all in one place. A glass box or lantern,hurricane lamps, or wine bottles are all good picks. (To avoid having a cord stick out, use the battery-operated LED lights.)
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2.Festoon your kid’s room
Install a set of twinkles in a child’s bedroom, and it doubles as a new night light—what’s not to love? Let your kids dictate what shape they want (stars? hearts?), or else hang the lights around a book case, dangle them in a doorway, or go the DIY route and create ahead board where none existed before. You can also decorate your tot’s dresser, windows, and ceiling with lights.
3.Create a ceiling effect outside
Jaimi Julian Thompson of the Artisan Design Group in San Diego notes, “One of the most unusual and fun uses I’ve seen recently includes stringing wires above a patio area and then wrapping the wires with lights to create an open ceiling effect.”
And while draping them on your pines and firs is a Christmas classic,covering the other trees outside can add an expansive, awesome touch.
4.Table the idea
Continue the accent lighting theme by attaching twinkle lights to the underside of your dining table to give that area a nice ambient glow without harsh direct light, says Anna Shiwlall,an interior designer at 27 Diamonds in Los Angeles. Another area to target? The kitchen cupboards.
“I also love these lights above kitchen cabinets in lieu of LED rope lighting, because they add a sparkle, especially if you have decorative objects in the same space,” adds Marcotte. You can string them on the inside of glass-fronted kitchen cabinets, arrange them along the shelves, or do a very linear outline of the space behind dishes and other decorative items inside.
5.Create your own art
Create your own “painting” out of lights, says Dan Moyer Jr.,national director of social media at Closet Factory.“Nautical spirals, a cat, a landscape—anything you can imagine,” he explains.
Staple the lights to a piece of board, and then hang it as you would any other painting (just make sure to position your new piece of art so that the cord can reach the closest electrical outlet). Other artistic ideas for twinkle lights include outlining windows and door frames, as pictured below.
Holidaylight safety tips
Be smart when using holiday lights to decorate—electricity is serious business.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, always check the entire strand of lights before using it and recycle it if you find a frayed cord, shattered bulbs, or other damage.
Be sure to read the label carefully and hang indoor lights only in the house (outdoor lights tend to burn hotter and can be a hazard if hung inside).
Choose lights that have the UL seal, which indicates that they’ve been deemed safe.
Never hang lights near anything flammable, including curtains, bedspreads,or paper of any kind. You knew that, right?
Article courtesy of Realtor.com Jennifer Kelly Geddes is the proud owner of homes in Manhattan and Columbia County, NY. Her work can also be found on Parents.com, Safe Bee, Good Housekeeping, Modern Farmer, and Care.com.
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