Great Uses For String Lights

There are many uses for string lights, some are obscure and some are practical. String lights are exactly what they sound like, lights on a string. You can buy them year round at specialty stores, but the best time to find them everywhere is Christmas. They come in many different colors including blue, purple and red and different string counts from 50 lights to 1000 lights on a strand. They also can chase each other, flash on and off, fade in and fade out, or blink in time with music. They are constructed better than old string lights. In the past, if one light would go out on the string or was missing, the whole string would lose power. There have also instituted end to end electrical plugs making it easier to find a power source and making sure it is not overrun with too many electrical plugs.

Indoor and outdoor string lights are very versatile and add a touch of whimsy to normal decor. Obviously, you can use them to lighten up your Christmas tree indoors or out, have them twinkle around your windows, drape down like icicles, or illuminate the wreath on your front porch. Wedding and party planners and decorators use them in pulling off the look they are going for. The trees that line your street in December most likely have them. They are used to adorn most any surface. But what about some not so thought about uses? Your house is smelly and you want a way to freshen it up. Go to the kitchen and grab a Mason canning jar with lid. Fill the jar up with a strand of 25-50 clear/white lights. Then fill in the remaining spaces with fragrant potpourri. Punch a lot of holes in the top of the lid and one big one for the plug to go through. Screw the lid on accounting for some give in the cord so it will be able to plug in without tipping over. Once you plug it in, the lights will warm up the surrounding potpourri and emit the most beautiful fragrance. Do you have an unfinished basement? Is there a corner that is impossibly dark that you can not see anything in? Grab a ladder and start climbing up with your led string lights in hand. Drape them and twist them around the corner to make it bright enough to see what you need. I went to a party where my college friend attached them to their ceiling in a pattern to emulate stars and constellations in the sky. It was quite dramatic and practical way to decorate for a party.

So go unpack your boxes of string lights and use them all year long.

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