What do you do with Christmas lights, besides put them on a tree or outside?

@GardenGerty (115917)
United States
April 11, 2009 9:14pm CST
I always try to get extra Christmas lights at the end of the season, when Wal Mart has them cheap. I put a little string in the upstairs bathroom, and have it on at night, so I do not have to turn on the big lights. I also use a long string down the hall to light my way to that bathroom, again, so I do not turn on the big lights to get there. It is pretty and economical. If you do not turn on a lot of light you disrupt your sleep less. Do you have any other interesting uses for Christmas lights?
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• United States
12 Apr 09
We also have a string of lights that go down the hallway leading to the guest bathroom. Our grandchildren get a kick out of it too! I have seen clear vases filled with potpourri and have lights inside the jar and throughout the potpourri. When lit the warmth of the lights sends the scent of the potpourri into the air. It is lovely.
@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
14 Apr 09
It sounds really pretty.
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@roboid (205)
• Romania
12 Apr 09
My girlfriend has them around the bed. It is kinda romantic when we make love, as the lights are red.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
The red lights do have a warm attractive glow. They also do less to disturb your sleep than any other color.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Hello Sweets I buy them up when they are on sale I fill a glass vase with potpouri and the lights..put a pretty doily over the top tie it around with a ribbon. When you plug it in it is a beautiful lamp and as the lights heat a bit you can smell the potpouri. I sell then at craft fairs etc. Hint: do not leave them on while not around like over night. I've done it when I forgot with no problem but I do not suggest it. xoxoxoxoxo
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I have seen those. I have also seen it done with glass brick. How much do they sell for at craft fairs?
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
Hey I never thought of those ideas you used with your Christmas lights. I never get to do anything with my Christmas lights after the Holidays except for putting them back in their boxes and hide for another year. But is it really economical?
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
They are much more economical than running large bulbs. I think they do a good job of providing that little bit of extra light.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
Well you gave me a very good idea on what to do with my Christmas lights. Sometimes some of the lights just gets broken in their boxes so better use them for other purposes right after Christmas. Happy posting!
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
13 Apr 09
Ive seen them in baskets of pinecones lit up for decoration, or in a jar with potpourri to help scent the room. The only thing for these two is wether of not the lights would get hot enough to cause a fire? I have used them in a craft or flea market booth to bring attention to your items. ALso I have seen people have them in their trees on the front porch to light that area at night and they look pretty with the white lights. To me the white lights have so much more flexibility than the colored lights. I have seen the ones in the clear tubes that are colored be used around camper awnings, or for a party decor.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Carmen - Our painted turtle. We've had her for 17 years now.
One year I strung them around our turtle tank, I though it would look festive and give the turtle something new to look at. I think she was afraid of them, because she hid under her platform until I took them down.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I never realized that turtles would be afraid of something that did not move. I wonder if their eyesight is bad? I would think it would be interesting for her, but your experience says not.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Normally she is very interested in her surroundings. When the tv is on, she 'watches' it, no doubt fascinated by the changing colors and light intensity. Since her tank is in a window, during the day she faces the window. Perhaps she thinks it's another tv. However, she's very picky about how her tank is arranged, and what is in it. The smallest change seems to affect her, at least until she gets used to it. She's just set in her ways for how her 'house' is set up, I guess. Her eyesight seems to be good, as she'll follow your finger if you waive it back and forth. When we take her for walks outside, she's curious about her surroundings, which I don't think would be the case is she couldn't see. She has a lot of personality, likes to have her chin rubbed and will eat out of your hand.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I like turtles, and it sounds like she has a very full life.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
I used them as a porch light for ages last year because my light socket kept blowing up my light bulbs. Otherwise i tend to buy my christmas lights on sale and just use them for on my tree or outside - ive started getting the outdoor solar lights for christmas and for my garden which i love that i dont add cost to my powerbills then. This might sound tacky but this year i got some solar lights for my tree inside and would put the charger outside during the day then bring it when i got home and plug it into the tree...voila no power cords!
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Not tacky, but ingenious. You smart girl.
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
Thank you :)
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I sometimes get the smaller strands of the plain white twinkle lights and then stick them in a pretty (large) leaded glass vase. Same thing as you, it works as a night light lol. I've used the white ones in the summertime too to light up path areas for a night time gathering. Another way I used them outside (during a party) was to stick clear voitives along the deck rail, then a twinkle light draped into each voitive instead of a candle. The dark hides the wires, and it's wind-proof and safe when there's kids around. Once in a while I have them draped through this flower garland that's above this one shelf in the bathroom...very pretty! For a while I had them wired along the bottom of the floor-stand that holds this huge fish tank that I use for a room divider. I don't have fish in it, so I keep live plants in there, and it looks really neat when I have the clear or white twinkle lights around the back side of it. It kind of doubles as a night light that way too when I have a lot of guests. They're fun for a whole lot more than just Christmas!
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I like the idea of the plants in a fish tank. I used to do that myself, but never thought of the lights in it. What a neat idea.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Thanks for b.r.! Geez, this was an interesting discussion. I've gotten some really great ideas for using the lights besides the usual Christmas lighting. These gals all really have some creative ideas!
@GreenMoo (11837)
15 Apr 09
A friend of mine uses Christmas fairy lights of all sorts all around her home. There are about ten different strings in the eating part of her kitchen, and it looks fabulous when the big lights are out and they are the only illumination.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
16 Apr 09
We ate at a steakhouse once that had all the artificial plants decorated with the white lights. It does look good with the dimmer lighting.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I use them on my fireplace mantle. I also use them outside around my deck area for the swimming pool also.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Twinkle lights would be pretty around a pool, I think.
• United States
12 Apr 09
We would wrap trees outside with them. Sounds like your house is pretty lit up.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
It is a big house, and needs light in lots of odd corners.
@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Thats some good ideas. I knew a lady who used the lights as a night light too. She had an artificial tree and had them strung on that. It looked nice too. I just have a small hall, my bedroom and bathroom is off that. I have a small nightlight in there. I don't turn big lights on at night neither, I want to stay sleepy and not wake up all the way.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
That is the point. We are in a big old house. I also have them on the stairs, so we can see to come up at night. I had forgotten that.
@ElicBxn (61069)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I've seen that people hang them outside because they attact fewer bugs that larger lights
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Maybe even a different light frequency. Or the fact that there are so many little lights confuses the bugs. I will have to think on that one. I just found a stash of lights I forgot I had.
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I confess that I leave them around the fireplace year-round. I just cannot put them up for such a little while and then take them down. We like Christmas every day all year long.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I love the lights, and using them in the hallway and bathroom do give me an excuse to use them and enjoy them all year long.
• Canada
12 Apr 09
I have seen people string Christmas lights around the insides of their windows as part of a Christmas display indoors. I've also been to some places that use lights inside and outside at night (usually white lights) all year round to decorate the place. I know i saw this just recently, but I can't remember where!!! I'll remember eventually.
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@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
12 Apr 09
On our honeymoon we visited an old friend of hubby's. She had wallpaper in her bathroom with a metallic sheen. She then ran the white lights all around. I thought it looked very elegant. I have been to banquets and celebrations that strung white tulle in the ceiling and filled it with these lights, and that was lovely as well.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
I think that's a great idea...but what do you hang them on. There is nothing in my hallway but walls. Same thing in the bathroom...where do you put them?
@GardenGerty (115917)
• United States
17 Apr 09
In the bathroom I drape them around the regular light fixture. It has a silver background and three large round bulbs. The electrical socket is right beneath the medicine cabinet. In the long hall way there are some hooks in the ceiling, I guess someone had plants. You can also get electrical staples pretty cheaply, to just hammer over the string. I use a power strip up the wall from the outlet, to get the lights up. There are holes on the back of the power strip to hang it on screws.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
18 Apr 09
You've given me an idea. There are two large windows in the room my randchildren use. I can drape some around them. It won't keep them awake but it will be cheerful for them to go off to sleep. Thanks for that.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
31 Aug 09
what a great idea! my mom has a big ficus in the front room (its a plant) that she has lights wrapped around during the rest of the year and it looks really nice. my daughters also want to put up christmas lights in their rooms to add to their ambiance. a lot of patios during the summer months here where i live (Canada) have christmas lights outside on the patios. it looks really nice.
• United States
7 May 09
That's clever! I might try out that idea in my daughter's room. She would love that. She's still too young to know that her room should be hip and trendy. She still loves Elmo and twinkly things, so Christmas lights should fit right in.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
7 May 09
I've seen them on wreaths, so people could see the way to a door. I've seen them around people's porches to light them up. We're told not to leave them on overnight in case of fire. Take care.