Decorating with lights for Christmas is a tradition. How you use those lights however, is entirely up to you. I’ve found a great collection of 30 unique ways to use string and fairy lights when you’re decorating this Holiday season.
You don’t have to just string those lights up on the tree. There are so many ways that you can use them to add to your Christmas décor. Grab a bunch of those fairy lights when they went on sale last year? I’ve got some really easy ways to use them and add a bit of Christmas charm to your decorating.
From wreaths and quaint little villages to basket decorations for the porch and even a burlap lighted runner for the dinner table – it’s all in here. How about a few Mason Jar Christmas crafts? There are also some great repurposing ideas in here. I guarantee that there’s something in here that’s perfect for that string of lights that you just don’t know where to hang. Sit back, grab the cocoa, and let’s take a look at some creative ways that we can decorate using lights!
Rustic Porch Basket
This gorgeous basket will take visitors to your home back centuries with its rustic look. The addition of clear Christmas lights gives it just the right warm and friendly look to put right there by the front door. The best part is this is so easy to put together, and it won’t cost you anything if you have a few basic supplies on hand.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: cassiefairy
Houses by Night
Some old photos and a string of fairy lights will give you all you need to create this beautiful nighttime scenery for the mantel or countertop. This is such an easy thing to create and so elegant. Just choose your scene and make the appropriate holes so that your lights look like stars or window lights. What a great way to bring a little old world into your Christmas decorating!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: fellowfellow
Snowman Mason Jars
You had to know there would be mason jars in this collection. These snowman jars are whimsical and fun, and add the perfect touch when you light them up with clear Christmas lights. Just add the burlap or flannel ribbon and you’ve got a beautiful centerpiece or a candle for every table. I love how easy these are and how warm and cozy them make the room feel!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: craftsbyamanda
Lighted Wooden Village
This lighted wooden village is the epitome of vintage. It’s adorable and so easy to create. You need a few mini birdhouses or if you really want to DIY it, you could build your own little village houses. Just add the lights and some garland or fake snow to really give it a Christmas look. Cheap, easy, and gorgeous – that’s my favorite kind of DIY.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: designsponge
Rustic Christmas Mantel
Adding lights anywhere during your decorating will give your home that extra-touch. Take a look at this gorgeous mantel, all lit up with clear fairy lights. Even if you don’t have a fireplace mantel, you can create this same look on a bar, table, counter, or wherever you have space. The clear lights make it elegant, and the overall vintage look is just beautiful.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: chiconashoestringdecorating
Glowing Gift Boxes
These glowing presents are wonderful and perfect for decorating outdoors. They are also really easy to make. You can do these in different sizes and just string your lights through to make it easier. Imagine having these on the porch or at the end of the drive. They’re the perfect way to bring your love of decorating to the outdoors this Christmas!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: marthastewart
DIY Lighted Trees
Tomato cages are the perfect things for creating these adorable DIY lighted Christmas trees. Use them indoors if you want, but you can create an entire forest of Christmas trees in your yard, too! They’re easy, and much less expensive than those spiral trees that you buy at the department store. If you wanted, you could do a few in colored lights and some in clear, just to give your yard a really decorated look.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: 17apart
More Rustic Porch Lights
Another great idea for using up those string lights is to grab a bucket, go out into the yard and gather wood, twigs, evergreens, and other seasonal items, and just pile them all in together and add your lights. This is great for sitting by the front door, and you really have to see it in action to get just how beautiful it is. Add a few ornaments and maybe some red ribbon and you’re all set.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: laughingabi
Lighted Burlap Garland
You just can’t do a rustic Christmas without some burlap. I love how flexible and elegant this material can look, especially when you add a string of clear Christmas lights. You literally just wrap burlap bows, and a few red velvet ones too if you want, around you string of lights, and hang it up. This is a really beautiful garland that is perfect for stairs, mantels, or even the tree!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: createcraftlove
Extra-Large Lighted Mason Canisters
Add a string of lights to one of these huge mason jar type canisters and you’ve got instant Christmas charm. Have a couple of these on the mantel or countertop, and you’ve really got a lighted theme going on. These are great and you can use whatever large clear canisters you have on hand. Just surround with some greenery, red ribbon, or other decorations and you’re all set.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: makinglemonadeblog
Light Up the Bedroom
If you have guests coming in for the holidays, really show them your Christmas cheer by lighting up the guest room headboard. This is a great way to spread your decorating throughout the house, and so easy to do. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a room that’s festive and merry?
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: ritamay-days
Lighted Cut Outs
Get yourself some poster board or cardstock, trace a village or forest scene, and then add some lights behind it. You’ve got a gorgeous lit up scene that will instantly brighten up your mantel or table. This one is really easy, and if you have kids who love to trace or draw, you can incorporate their help. Add some fake snow or greenery to give it a beautiful look during the day time. At night, the lights do all the work!
Create your own beautiful twinkling Christmas canvas that is sure to be a favorite decoration for years to come. I love this O Holy Night canvas and the clear lights intertwined really do make it look like a nighttime scene. You just poke holes in the canvas after you’ve added the message that you want, and stick the lights in. What an easy yet absolutely gorgeous DIY decoration!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: cleanandscentsible
A quick painting job and a few clear lights give you the perfect mantel decoration. You could also just hang this one the wall. This Joy marquee is really easy to make and is so filled with Christmas cheer. The lights poke through the canvas which really makes the white lettering of the word stand out. You can do this with any word or phrase, but this one will really help you to spread the Joy of the Christmas season – pun intended.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: thechildatheartblog
Snowman Milk Jugs
Remember milk jug arts and crafts when you were a kid? These snowmen will bring you back to that easier time. They’re so easy to make. This is the perfect kids project. Just remember to save those milk jugs for the next few weeks, depending on how many snowmen you want to create. You basically just drop the lights into the jug and then decorate the outside. How easy is that?
DIY Instructions and Project Credit: freefunchristmas