If you’re like me, you waited all of 2 seconds to start decorating for Christmas once the Thanksgiving leftovers were put away. I didn’t used to get carried away with decorating, but now I feel like every year I have to one-up myself. And I never decorate the same way twice. Each surface is just a bit different than the year before–a garland added here, a sprig of mistletoe strategically-placed there. So when you feel like you have a ton of crap in plastic bins and no creativity to speak of, look no further. It’s amazing what you can do with a few strands of Christmas lights and a little inspiration.
1. Turn a string of lights into an illuminated wall sign.
Other ideas for what you can spell out: Merry, Bright, Cheer, Ho Ho Ho, Peace, Snow. Or you could just do a sign that says “Bar” with an arrow pointing towards your barcart.
2. Or make a wall tree to display your holiday cards and family photos.
Just switch out the twine for lights and you’ll have a bright way to display the colorful cards you get in the mail, or even all those family Christmas photos you’ve accumulated over the years. Add a few funky ornaments and a star at the top to really make it pop!
3. Make this light-wrapped star with a few yardsticks and some paint.
If you’re got 20 minutes and $5, this cute star is a great way to feel uber-crafty without actually doing very much” work.” Plus, you can leave it up all year round!
4. Fill an old lantern or candle holder for a pretty table centerpiece.
5. Or fill some empty wine bottles instead.
Look, we know you have some lying around, or at least you will soon when the parties start happening.
6. Bring the holiday cheer into your bedroom by decorating your bedframe.
You’ve decorated your front door, living room, and kitchen, but what about your boudoir? Turn up the coziness when you turn down the lights, and hey, how about a little extra mood lighting (*wink wink*).
7. Make an eco-friendly tree with an inexpensive tomato cage.
If you have a few strands of lights lying around, head over to your local home and garden store and pick up a tomato cage. I’m putting mine outside to light up the front porch.
8. Create a backlit canvas.
Make your own or take a piece of art that’s store-bought and give it a little extra holiday flair.
9. Decorate a non-working fireplace with a few logs draped in lights for a similar effect.
It’s currently 81 degrees in Austin, so if you’re like us and not planning on using your fireplace anytime soon, this cute alternative brings the cozy without the heat.
10. Make a flameless campfire for the kiddos.
Give the kids a way to experience some holiday magic when it’s too cold/wet to go outdoors. Plus, who wouldn’t want a way to change up your nightly story time routine? Throw some pillows down and crowd around the fire, just add cocoa.
11. Got a bike, guitar, surf or snowboard propped up against a wall? Light it up!
Literally everything becomes holiday decoration when you wrap lights around it. Don’t be afraid to embrace your whimsical side.
12. Get creative with your family Christmas card.
Dress us yourselves, your kids, even your pets if they’ll cooperate. LED strands are typically safe to handle when lit. Just be sure to check the packaging first.