Diy rope light ideas christmas
Incandescent rope light is dimmable, but LED rope light is not. Volt incandescent rope light can be hardwired to a standard wall dimmer so endless as the entire wattage of the rope light is less than the maximum wattage the dimmer is rated to handle. 12 Volt incandescent rope light can be used with a magnetic low voltage wall dimmer, but must also be paired with a dimmable transformer.
Here in Pittsburgh, winter hits beautiful hard.
We generally love to swear off every holiday thoughts until at least Thanksgiving, but when the Holiday Style Challenge boxes showed up on our doorstep September 1st (and in degree weather!), we couldn’t assist but get into the Christmas spirit!
We had no thought what we were going to discover when we opened up the boxes, but I will admit… I definitely didn’t expect to discover box after box of holiday lights in every shapes, colors, and sizes. Our assignment is… DIY Outdoor Holiday Light Décor?! Doesn’t Home Depot know we live in an apartment?! (In hindsight, no they probably don’t.) This certainly WAS going to be a challenge, but we were ready to take it on (armed with enough LEDs for a entire Christmas Vacation moment!), and share our Christmas light ideas.
In a city love Pittsburgh where the neighborhoods can be beautiful thick and cramped, front yards aren’t always ideal for decorating.
Little, private back yards often become a point of pride for a homeowner in the city. My coworker graciously offered us her backyard, and we decided to turn it into a colorful, cozy, and holiday light-filled winter wonderland!
I ponder her neighbors were a little wary of the strangers showing up with a trunk full of Christmas décor, but by nightfall everyone was oohing and ahhing at every the beautiful lights correct along with us.
I knew I wanted to create a DIY light-up sign and some faux Christmas trees, so we hopped over to Home Depot and picked up our supplies!
DIY Light-up Sign
We also purchased a 5 mm x 2 x 4 project panel for our light up sign.
I sketched out “Happy Holidays” in large, cursive letters and then mapped out where I wanted the light bulbs to go.
We drilled out each hole, testing that the lights would fit along the way. Using a drill bit the same diameter of the lights ensures that they will fit snugly and not drop out (or need tape to stay in!) Then we used a little paint brush and a test pot of black paint to outline each letter. Once it was dry, we popped in a set of colored LED string lights and plugged in our awesome new sign!
Isn’t it pretty?!
When I ponder holidays, red and white candy canes are one of the first things that come to mind. J-hook pipe hangers are the perfect candy cane shape and when wrapped with red electrical tape, they glance just love those peppermint-y confections!
We hung these from a strand of beautiful white lights, but I ponder they would glance especially cute lining a flowerbed or along a path to your front door.
Tomato Cage Christmas Trees
Tomato cages are super inexpensive and if you wrap them in garland and string lights, they glance just love little Christmas trees!
Smores Party by the Firepit
Any holiday movie you watch will 99% of the time involve being snuggly around a fireplace, am I right?
Well, we don’t every own a fireplace, but a grand alternative is a backyard fire pit! A campfire wouldn’t be finish without some smores, so we set up a little boiling cocoa and smores bar!
If you own an ancient slow cooker, you can make it x more awesome with a little chalkboard paint. It’s adorable and functional – best of both worlds!
We hope that this post inspired you to create a holiday light-filled wonderland this winter!
Now just grab a cozy blanket, make a gooey smore, sip on some boiling cocoa, and enjoy the warmth and light with your friends and family!
Home Depot Christmas Decorations Seen in this Article
ColorSoft Light Italian LED Multi-Color Light Set
ft. H Inflatable Santa with Present Sack
LED Multi Color Rope Light
Light Clear Garden String Light Set
Sarah and Nick of The Surznick Common Room did amazing things when they took over a friends backyard and filled it with Christmas lights.
Their Christmas light ideas are the result of taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent them a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and let them do the rest.
They created a vertible winter wonderland with tons of holiday lights, and some clever DIYs to make oversized candy canes, tomato cage Christmas trees and even a DIY light-up sign.
They then had a smores party around the fire pit to celebrate the holiday season.
Sarah Wissinger & Nicholas Malburg are a couple of somethings living in (and loving) Pittsburgh. When theyre not working their full-time jobs, you can generally discover them singing and dancing at a concert, enjoying a yummy craft beer, working on enjoyment DIY projects for their home, or cooking a yummy vegetarian dinner. Their blog, The Surznick Common Room, is a lifestyle blog centered around DIY projects, home decor, recipes, fashion, books, and anything else they can ponder of while sticking to a post-grad budget.
Follow our Holiday Crafts and Ideas on Pinterest, for more simple front door decorations for Christmas.
The Home Depot has everything you need to decorate for Christmas in our Holiday Decorations Department.
Red, white and blue love the US flag or the red and green of Christmas time outdoor installations are probably the associations most people make when someone mentions string or rope light sets but there is more to them than these unsubtle and holiday-centric applications.
The large difference: direct or indirect visibility when they are out in the open it is hard for these bright lights (particularly the potent pure white ones) to glance anything but tacky inside a home, but set behind or beneath a piece of furniture they can cast a cool and elegant glow around objects, across floors and up walls.
One of the advantages to this helpful of ambient lighting is the relative safety of low-heat LED bulbs, and of course the ease with which each snaking series can be bent, twisted and tied or taped below.
A push-bottom on-and-off switch makes turning it on simple (and location-flexible).
Jason of Lifehacker started out in his office but ended up bending these strings around living, dining and bedroom furniture pieces to create low-level mood-lighting alternatives to main fixtures. It might not be the classiest design solution, but it works and it is darned cheap and simple (not to mention less of a fire hazard than genuine candlelight).
A large part of my extreme home office makeover was setting up ambient lighting around my desk and keyboard using inexpensive LED rope lights.
Numerous of you were interested in more details, so lets take a glance at the step-by-step of my desk setup, and how to incorporate ambient lighting into other living spaces the same way.
The core of my ambient lighting system is inexpensive LED rope lighting. I purchased my LED rope lights for ~$8 per 18 foot strand.
Interested in replicating this project?
Check out the tutorial at Lifehacker.
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So, what exactly will you discover on our list? Well, a little bit of everything—from porch and patio decorating ideas to DIY fire pits and never-before-seen planters.
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Of every the diverse parts there are to Christmas decorating, I ponder the lights are actually my favorite part. I get SO unhappy when I own to take below my Christmas trees because I love having that soft glow from the Christmas lights floating around the room.
For that reason, I’ve also made my fair share of Christmas marquees (like this Merry + Bright sign, a giant snowflake, and a lightbox Cheers sign as well) to add some additional warmth to the room. This year I had this vision of a pink vintage car carrying a Christmas tree on top, and I thought it would be just the thing to make into a light-up sign for the mantel! We own a 74’ Corvette Stingray (it’s the only car I’ve ever been obsessed with), and I modeled the marquee car after a tardy 60s model, which is actually the coolest Stingray timeframe IMO.
x 48 board
-paint in selected colors
-drill and various sized drill bits
-Christmas lights (50 count light strand should be enough)
vintage car image (right click to download)
So, if you own a projector, you can print the outline onto a transparency and trace the exterior outline of the design onto the board love I did above (projectors are so handy for that reason), or you can print it as large as you need as a blueprint at a print store (like Kinkos) and then trace it onto the wood.
Once your design is traced, use a jigsaw to cut out the design (I propose clamping the wood to sawhorses for stability).
Paint your car shape white, and then trace the inside lines so you can see where to paint each color.
After your lines are traced and you can see exactly where your tree will be on the car, you can use a drill to drill holes in the tree for your Christmas lights to come through (a 3/8” drill bit should be large enough to fit standard Christmas lights into).
Sand the edges of your holes if needed, and then use your selected paint colors to basically “paint-by-number” the relax of your marquee!
I used Valspar Peach Punch and Aquatic Mist for the pink and green, gold gilding paint for the trunk, and then mixed up some grey and black for the chrome and wheel details.
When the paint is dry, you can drill 4 smaller holes where the rope sits on top of the car and thread 4 pieces of your little rope through the holes and around to the back of the top of the tree. Use a staple gun to secure the rope ends to the back of the board.
Now you can insert your Christmas lights into the holes from the back and use duct tape to hold the lights and cord in put.
Use the shortest light strand you can get away with so you don’t own a ton of additional cord, and make certain to ponder of which side you desire the main plug to be on before you start so it will be closest to an outlet. I generally secure every my lights to the back of the sign and then use an extension cord to travel below to a plug nearby.
Once your lights are secure, plug it in and watch it glow!
IT TURNED OUT SO CUUUTE!! I love the holiday feel of the tree-on-a-car situation, and the vintage style of the car and color choice make it an even more unique piece.
While the larger ones can be a little annoying to store, marquees are décor you can hold and bring out year after year to hold the holiday spirit going. Hope this project inspired you to make your own or something else enjoyment for the season! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.
Is rope light splash resistant?
Asked by Mine
When rope light is uncut, it is splash resistant and can be used exterior.
Favorite outdoor applications include lighting deck railings, wrapping tree trunks, and lining sidewalks. If your application requires that the rope light be cut, you must shrink wrap any connections made in order to protect them from water. Just hold in mind that the UL listing is voided as soon as the rope light is cut.