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Top 10 ways to use Christmas lights all year round

Tis the season, but once winter and the holidays are over, people start taking out the holiday lights. These lights add such atmosphere and charm to any street and it’s a shame they were installed as soon as the cold weather left. Luckily, we’ve found a few hacks to decorate with your lights all year long.

1. Put them in jars

If you have copper wire fairy lights, you can put them in jars and make them look like lanterns. They add a touch of magic wherever they sit. Plus, they’re portable, flame-resistant and lightweight, so you can place them anywhere you want low-key lighting and extra decor, from your kitchen island to your entryway.

2. Frame your headboard

Make your bedroom more romantic by framing your headboard (or the wall the headboard is on) for a dramatic effect. It has a feminine effect that can be made more gender neutral with certain colors and choosing smaller bulbs. Consider using a unique lighting color to match other aspects of your bedroom.

3. Light up your patio

If you have a backyard or patio, consider setting the mood with some Christmas lights. Even if you don’t have a backyard, you can place these lights along a balcony or fire escape to enhance your outdoor decor. Plus, it acts as a means of practical lighting.

4. Show off the fireplace

If you have a fireplace, you can line it with Christmas lights or put it in a unique pattern. It adds an additional light source that draws the eye to the mantel and allows it to act as a focal point. If you add decor such as a mural or candles, it will enhance the effect even more. If your fireplace is flameless, you can wrap small logs in lights by tying string around to create a one-of-a-kind faux fireplace.

5. Make a ladder chandelier with larger bulbs

If your bulbs are a bit larger, you can take a ladder and make a horizontal chandelier by hanging lights from the side frame and shelves. You can also just add branches and wrap the lights around them. This can also be done with smaller bulbs – just wrap a larger amount of them around the ladder for an equally striking effect. You can also do this to brighten up a dark corner.

6. Put them behind a curtain

This will create a diffuse and elegant effect that is much more pleasant than staring directly at the bulbs. It’s simple yet stunning and can be seen from most parts of the room. This versatile style can be done in a bedroom or living room as well as a home office. If you have blinds instead of curtains, you can weave lights into the canopy of your bed. If you don’t have a canopy, drape long pieces of tulle

7. Hang them above your dining table

It’s a low-maintenance chandelier idea—simply hang a few string lights above the dining room table to create a candlelit ambiance. Serve food family-style underneath for a bohemian look that’s so cozy.

8. Outline a mirror with them

Turn your mirror into a source of light by decorating your bedroom mirror with a string of fairy lights – simply stick them around the perimeter of the mirror. It will add a sense of glamor and have a Hollywood atmosphere in the dressing room so that you feel like Marilyn Monroe when you get ready to go out. It will also brighten up your reflection, adding sparkle to your face and bedroom.

9. Make wall art

The beauty of string lights is that you can shape them into anything your heart desires. You can make an abstract shape or make a picture. This picture can be something specific that you have in mind or something that fits the overall theme of your room. This wall art doubles as a night light. Draw the shape and strategically place nails to wrap the wire and form whatever shape you want.

10. Make a jazzy photo display

Hang your photos on a thread to surround yourself with amazing memories that are illuminated and visible at all times. Many people struggle to decorate their homes with artwork, but the photos hidden in our phones and computers are begging to be printed out and spread across walls, mantles and more.

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