5 Unique DIY Outdoor Christmas Lights Ideas

Are you bored with traditional strings of lights in your yard? Break out with these five fresh and unique outdoor Christmas lights ideas for decorating outdoors with electric holiday lights. They’re guaranteed to make your home’s entranceway sparkle quickly and inexpensively. What better way to spread comfort and joy in your neighborhood?

Paper-Doily Wreath

Paper Doily Wreath

From Martha comes this stunning wreath invoking flickering candle lights in snow. It’s surprisingly simple to make, too. White holiday lights are strung on onto a wire frame and covered with decorative paper doilies. Beautiful, but don’t leave this one unattended.

No time for fussing with doilies? Here’s an alternative for the time-pressed decorator: just string a bare ready-made twig wreath with lights. It’s easy and costs only a few dollars.

 

Cascade of Lights

Cascade of Lights

Multiple strings of twinkling lights hung vertically on a solid surface creates a high-impact yet simple focal point. Try using a brick wall or wooden fence for the foundation.

 

Glowing hanging baskets

Glowing hanging baskets

Poinsettias are pretty, but they won’t illuminate your yard at night, and you can’t reuse them. Try filling your hanging vine baskets with lights instead. Remove any soil and moss liners, then nestle balls of holiday lights inside. Depending on the basket you may need to push individual light bulbs through gaps in the vine to help the light shine through.

 

Winter topiary

Winter topiary

If you’re feeling crafty, fashion a star or globe-shaped wire form and string it with lights. Place atop a planter or urn that’s bare from the winter cold. A delightfully simple alternative. Stuff a string of lights into an upside-down hurricane jar or vase.

 

Stuffed Lanterns

Stuffed Lanterns

Stuff a glass-sided lantern feeder with a string of battery operated lights. Hang your “lantern” right beside your other feeder/s and enjoy the bright spot from indoors on dark winter evenings.

Alexandra Peterson

Alexandra is a writer and a volunteer actress for a local amateur theater based in Seattle, WA. Her mission is to complete as many different volunteer activities as possible. Alexandra's specializations include volunteering non-profits, the entertainment industry, eating yummy vegetarian stuff, and all things green including spinach.

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