I know, I know….it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and here I am already writing about Christmas. But since many of the craft stores are already filled to the brim with decorations, trees & other yule-tide trimmings, I might as well start talking about holiday stuff. Today, I’’ be taking a look at the one most important, and often overlooked, item in the Christmas decoration arsenal: Christmas lights.
Christmas lights have a wide variety of uses. While they look great one a tree and out in a yard, there is so much more you can do with them year round. When I was a kid, my dad would put string lights up around the kitchen cabinets & counter. We’d turn them on at night to eat dinner, or leave them on as a nightlight in case someone got up in the middle of the night. I also used to use a candle stick light as a nightlight in my room.
Even now, I find uses around the house for them. I have a string of C9 multi-colored lights that I use from time to time in the bed room. I place them on the floor around the bed to give the bedroom a more romantic look. Not that my husband & I get much romantic time anymore since having a child, but every little bit helps. I also keep a few outside to use as lighting under the carport. The great thing about Christmas lights is that they are available all year round, so you can buy them whenever. You can check out light strings, replacement bulbs and more at: christmaslightect.com
Since Christmas lights are available all yea, you can easily create any number of crafts that can be used any time of the year. You can find a ton of craft ideas online, like these where you can make decorative string lights for both indoors & outdoors. I’ve seen lots of neat crafts where you can put them in jars, and have even seen someone use tiny lights to make an arc reactor for Iron Man costumes (great for Halloween!).
So, what are you waiting for? Check out some crafts! You never know what you will run across.