A brilliant solution to man's light cord rolling problems, this quick spool DIY will save you a lot of time and stress when it comes time to take the lights down.
Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a 'purge' earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I'd need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got 'em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and some
If Clark Griswold saw this light installation, we just might get Halloween Vacation. How cool would that be?? Apparently the Riverside, CA family that this particular house belongs to have been doing it up for a few years now come
It finally got below 100 degrees where I live (why do I live here?), and suddenly I have Fall Fever. I was on the hunt for easy and inexpensive fall decor ideas and found this luminescent beauty, made completely out of materials found at your Dollar store or around the house.
Lacy luminaires wouldn't ordinarily be my style, but when I saw the rustic burlap mixed with doilies, I stopped dead in my tracks. The contrast of lace and burlap, a canning jar and pink satin ribbon...oh baby, I can't resist that kind of craft. Over on Crafts by Amanda you'll see exactly how to put together these juxtaposed materials. Here's all you need.
Who doesn’t love the twinkle of string lights? They lend oodles of atmosphere to any environment.
Good News: String lights are on clearance right now! You can save some major cheese by stocking up right now.
Bad News: When displayed plain and lonely, string lights tend to read a little too HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Or worse, WELCOME TO MY DORM ROOM.
Solution: Get creative. With the addition of a few inexpensive items you probably already have around...
The twelve days of Christmas is coming to an end (what are we on now? Ten lords a-leaping?), and your thoughts have no doubt turned from dancing sugarplums to taking down the decorations.
So, we thought we'd offer a bit of help. Here's a free way to reuse some of that holiday waste, and keep your string lights in shape so they're ready to go next year.
Kristy assures us we can whip up one of these lovely lacy lights in 5 minutes. The supplies? Minimal, just like we
Confession: MWT refers to me as 'Cupcake' at his place of employment. Some of his fellow employees don't even know my real name, so, at Christmas parties, instead of writing my real name on my 'Hello, my name is" sticker, I just opt for 'Cupcake'. Makes life easier. Anyhoo, when
Our favorite clever yet evil mad scientists figured out that if you shove a small LED into a sea urchin's hole you get a pretty freakin' awesome light.
Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.
All I want for Christmas is some extreme holiday bokeh! Though not always easy to capture (here's some tips), when one gets it right, string lights are simple some of the most amazing things to place (or not!) in one's depth of field.
Gizmodo has assembled 107 beautiful photos of the phenomenon.
Kris Marshall was hauling a generator and some Christmas lights to his church in his $50 used truck. Inspiration struck and Kris decided to turn his truck into The Christmas Truck. He taped about 3000 twinkle lights to the truck and plugged them into the generator in the box. The pictures suggest it's a delightful sight in the nighttime...not so much in the daytime, I'm guessing. This begs the question...do you string/tape lights onto things that are not typically decorated at Christmastime?
But, no matter how carried away these holidaysters get - one Clark Griswold-disciple reportedly pays more than $5,000 in electricity each season - there's still a whole lotta black, and very little light, making for some tough shutterbugging.
Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through the...
Friends, it's 2009, and wrapping your holiday lights around a tree trunk and a few lower branches has simply been done.
So, if you're into trying something new, check out these five ideas assembled by Diane Rixon at DIYLife. The best part is - you probably already have most of what you need to try them out.
1. Paper Doily Wreath.
2. Cascade of lights.
3. Glowing hanging baskets.
4. Winter topiary.
5. Bright birds.
As if by synchronicity, two back-to-back Instructables offer how-tos for creating large scale chandeliers using natural elements.
The first, The Castaway, employs vines and twigs and lamp/cord kit for a more controlled look:
The second tutorial utilizes a tumbleweed and string lights for a bit more craziness.
Sure, you could go to the fancy indoor garden/hydroponics store and buy speciality grow lights that mimic the color spectrum of the sun's rays. Or you can make these LED spikes from Popular Science.... Goodness, even the name sounds cooler. "These bulbs actually work best as a supplement to sunlight during the day; however, they’ll also provide enough light after dark to ensure that your plants get the 12 to 18 hours a day they need to...
Whether they're outside, inside, or perhaps a bit of both, Christmas lights are connected to your home circuit, and as with anything, especially those outside, you gots to be safe.
Here's a few tips from Suite101 to keep the fires in the yule logs and the shocks on your face when you open the perfect gift.
• Leaving lights on while not at home
• Christmas Tree Advice
• Extension Cords
• Stringing lights together
• Touching a...
These vertical blinds by Yoon-Hui Kim & Eun-Kyung Kim hold a little secret, a solar lamp. Here's how it works: the blinds, which are closed during the day, are outfitted with tiny solar pads mounted on the blinds' vertical slats. As the sun goes down, the pads lighten, revealing a luminescent floor or table lamp or even a chandelier. Why not just use some phosphorescent material? I'm guessing it might not cast as much light as the solar option...
Nearly every office building in the entire world is plagued by ghastly fluorescent lights hanging overhead. Can’t you just feel them suck the jelly from your ocular cavities? I can. So why do people use them? Because of their energy efficiency of course. But why do they have to be so ugly? They don’t. At least Ross Lovegrove’s System X by Yamagiwa isn’t. Described as a modern, sculptural lighting system, the x’s are actually an ‘interconnected...