You haul them out of the basement each year. You spend long hours detangling 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.)
“A bunch of battery-operated lights in several bottles would make a killer centerpiece lined up on a dining table,” suggests Carol Marcotte, an interior designer at Form & Function in Raleigh, NC. “Or try filling one large magnum bottle with twinkle lights in a bar or man cave.”
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 bookcase, dangle them in a doorway, or go the DIY route and create a headboard 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.