Use Christmas Lights All Year Round

Holiday lights bring warmth and liveliness to any home, and with a little bit of creative re-purposing, you can use your bulbs and LEDs year-round to beautiful effect. Here are some interesting ways to decorate with Christmas lights even after the holidays.

Luminous Archway

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Hang multiple strings of lights in an archway to fashion a dazzling curtain. Instant décor that doubles as a light fixture, these luminous curtains create an illusion of floating lights and can serve as cozy accents of window frames and doors.

Illuminate the Banister

BanisterBurlap-copyMake your banister radiant by illuminating it with clear lights. Decorate it with ribbon and other ornaments to enhance the natural beauty of your stairway and décor on its surrounding walls.

A Glowing Vase of Branches

jar with lightsYou can use your holiday lights to complement a corner table vignette. Put warm LED lights inside a clear vase and fill it with pinecones and long, dried branches for a natural, yet mystical display. Hang a few lights or ornaments on the branches for a more inviting effect.

Play up Décor with Backlighting

tumblr_m5ychohMGB1r4g0bno1_500Create a stunning study room by laying warm lights on your bookshelves. This does not only add to the colors and textures of the display, but also becomes handy for locating the right title in your stack of books.

Animate Backyard Trees

backyard-wedding-lighting-ideasTurn your backyard into an enchanting paradise fit for a romantic dinner. Use warm fairy lights to wrap around the trunk and drape over the branches and vines. Come Easter, you can create the perfect setting for an egg hunt party with shrubs adorned with multicolored lights.

As a safety measure before decorating, check if you have lights that are UL listed and approved for wet locations and outdoor conditions so you can enjoy an array of lights, no matter when and where you display them.